Japanese watch brand Orient has added a new model to its popular Mechanical Moon Phase Classic Collection with the introduction of the “Next Generation” timepiece.
First released in 2017, the Mechanical Moon Phase is one of the brand’s most iconic designs and so the “Next Generation” has the same sophisticated design elements but with a new unique flowing water motif on the dial and diamond-shaped hands. It also features a new in-house movement with a 50-hour power reserve based on calibre 46-F7, an evolution of the calibre 46 series first launched back in 1971.
The new Mechanical Moon Phase is an elegant and practical everyday watch that features a semi skeleton aperture at 9 o’clock, a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and a moon phase with date display at 6 o’clock. The detailed finishing and attractive movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.
The soft curves of the stamped design expand towards the edge of the dial and its Roman numeral indices are suggestive of a flowing river in shades of navy and grey, giving the dial an attractive contrast and sense of depth. Both the hour and minute hands are dauphine shaped with brushed and mirror finishing, while the redesigned tips of the hands are diamond-shaped and accented with colour for clarity. The moon phase display shows the moon illuminating a flowing river while the diamond-shaped hands represent the shining stars.
The high quality corrosion-resistant 41mm stainless steel case is 13.8mm thick and features sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides of the glass to reduce glare and give good visibility even in poor light. The case back is also sapphire crystal, and the metal bracelet is made of the same high-quality corrosion-resistant stainless steel, while the black cordovan leather strap that you find in high-quality watches, is designed to be worn for many years and is fitted with a trifold deployment buckle with push button. The watch is also water resistant to 50 metres.
For more information and to purchase the new Orient Star Mechanical Moon Phase, which retails for £1,669.99, please visit: www.orientwatch.co.uk.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photograph courtesy of Orient Watches