The recently established watchmaker Vicenterra unveiled its latest product called Luna. The watch is distinguished with three dimensional rotating representations of the Earth and the Moon. The former completes a revolution every 24 hours, whereas the latter rotates for exactly 29.54 days which measures to the average moon cycle. These sphere displays work thanks to the special in-house module which is attached to the automatic base movement by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. Additional features of the watch made by the brand headed by Vincent Plomb include a nigh/day indication and an oversized date. Vicenterra Luna timekeeper will be released in four limited editions, different among themselves only by the material used for the tonneau-shaped housing. The most numerous is the steel edition which costs around $18400. There are also three gold versions. While the ones in red and yellow gold have the price tag of about $29,450, the most valuable white gold cased version is valued at around $30,835.
New Luna timekeeper follows the actual trend of watches which include spherical representation of celestial bodies which are utilized as both indications and decorations (for example Greubel Forsey GMT or De Bethune’s models DB 16 Tourbillon Regulator and DB 28 Skybridge). The novelty by Vicenterra is somewhat special since it includes spherical representations of both our planet and its satellite. As it could be expected, the moon (with the diameter of 6.5 mm) featured on the watch’s dial is used to indicate moon phases. On the other hand, the second sphere on the bottom part of Luna’s face rotates and shows the geographical zone where the Sun is in its zenith. To put it in more simple and understandable terms, it actually tells in which parts of the globe is noon. Despite it is undoubtedly executed in a lovely eye-catching manner, one could agree that this is not the most useful of complications, even though it allows some grasp about the current time in different time zones.
These interesting complications are possible due to the inclusion of the specially developed module whose plate is made of copper nickel zinc alloy which is hand-deburred with a tool made of box tree. Its other decorations include a satin finish which is applied prior to the black rhodium treatment, chamfered bridges and blasting. Just this mechanism includes 17 jewels, while the entire movement incorporates 45 of them. As it has been mentioned, the basis for the watch’s movement is Seed VMF 3002 caliber. This self-winding caliber which operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph and has twin barrels placed in series which provide a power storage that lasts for 42 hours, which is quite alright, especially considering its ever-turning spheres. The final touch when the decorations are concerned is a special rotor for the winding system which is partially made of white gold.
Vicenterra Luna timekeeper is made with a tonneau-shaped housing. It is 43.5 mm wide, 53 mm long and 13.6 mm thick and it displays quite a few finishings. Its outside is polished on the top side, satin-finished and treated with black PVD on the rear. It should also be said that the case includes two sapphire crystals with inner glare-proof coatings on both sides, as well as that the construction features water resistance to 30 meters.
The dial of the Vicenterra Luna novelty is in matte black color. It includes applied hour markers and concave rhodiumed hands with Superluminova coating. Apart from the featured spheres, it also includes a day and night indication at the top, as well as a large date display between one and two o’clock positions. Additional ornaments include milled and engraved stars at both top and bottom. For the strap of the model, the Boncourt-based manufacturer led by Vincent Plomb chose a black hand-sewn alligator strap which locks with a single deployment clasp. There are four versions of the watch and they are all issued in limited editions. The basic one is made with a 316L steel housing and launched in 99 copies at the price $18,400. There are also three more golden series, each consisting of 14 pieces. Red and yellow gold editions cost $29,450, whereas the most valuable white gold series is valued at $30,835.