Though rarely thought about these days, the idea of the moonphase and its influence on the way we measure time is actually really interesting. The lunar cycle runs for precisely 29.53 days and is the basis of the way we measure months. It’s also responsible for the changing of the tides, and historically, has informed certain religious ceremonies and traditions. While it’s not front of mind for most of us anymore, it is a pretty neat thing to know about. One of the easiest ways of tracking the phases of the moon is by using a watch with a moonphase complication. MAEN is a Swedish brand who has just launched its take on the moonphase watch.
The brand’s refined collection features four styles, each with a very elegant look. Featuring Italian leather straps, Swiss made ronda movements, and sapphire crystal glass, the watches are created with high-quality materials to form a really premium range. The cases are constructed from 316L stainless steel with a gold plated option available too.
MAEN’s collection of watches come in a choice of either a white, midnight blue, ivory, or charcoal dial. Simple, polished markings feature to indicate the time. The moonphase complication is unobtrusive and adds a nice, unique element to the design. We like it best against the ivory dial, though it’s a beautiful complement to any of the colour options. The small moon moves across the aperture a tiny bit every 24 hours to mirror where the actual moon is in its phase. Each cycle it will have moved across one full rotation. A moonphase complication is often thought of to be the most poetic addition to a timepiece. It’s humbling and offers a nice connection to nature.
Beyond their watch, the brand itself has a wider lunar influence. MAEN is Dutch for ‘moon’ and is taken from the name of the ship that carried the first Dutch settlement to North America. This has informed much of the brand’s behaviour; to explore new horizons and create products with character. Choosing to bypass trends in favour of designing timeless pieces, MAEN are gradually building a permanent collection of elegant products.
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