Tonight is a special night for Australian amateur astronomers, because when the sun goes down we will all see the moon like never before. What we’re talking about is a supermoon – and not just any supermoon. NASA has gone so far as to call it an ‘extra-supermoon’, as it’s 14 per cent brighter and 30 per cent bigger than a regular full moon. That’s because it’s closer to earth (a mere 356,509 km away) than it has been in 70 years, and it won’t be this big again until 2034. So, in the spirit of the supermoon we’ve put together five of the biggest and best moonphases available today.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase
The moonphase lends itself to traditional, elegant timepieces. There’s an old-school romance to the complication, one that the Saxonia Moonphase captures perfectly. We still can’t get over the detail of the moonphase disc on this beauty.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase Titanium
Hublot’s take on the theme definitely isn’t as traditional as Lange’s, but it’s no less impressive. Heck, even the photorealistic double-moonphase is skeletonised, and that sleek grey titanium finish wouldn’t look out of place in outer space.
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer
If one watch needs to have a moonphase on it, it’s the original Moon Watch. Omega has done a stellar job here with the latest Speedy, opting to represent the moon realistically, almost as it must have looked from the window of the Apollo Lunar Module. The only difference is that Omega has hidden a miniature footprint on their version, as a fitting tribute to that one small step.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun
When it comes to a bad moon rising, it’s hard to look past the sinister sexiness of IWC’s Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar. It’s among the biggest and baddest out there, with its pared-back, machined moonphases encased in a 48mm midnight-black ceramic case, and an equally Spartan dial.
Sarpaneva K0 Northern Lights
If you’re ever caught out on a moonless night, Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva’s K0 Northern lights is the watch you want with you. With all that lume on the dial, it doubles as a torch. Fair warning though: checking the time will ruin your night vision.