Eight years after the first Moonstruck made its mark, the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer takes the astronomical legacy forward.
If you’re in the mood to watch a true celestial ballet, you need only turn your eyes to the Moonstruck Worldtimer. The new watch by Ulysse Nardin recreates the moon’s orbit and the apparent movement of the sun around the globe. It remains the only astronomical wristwatch with the bright part of the moon always facing the sun, as happens in real life. This intuitive display hides a sophisticated mechanism that provides an unusually accurate indication of the phases of the moon.
As we all know, the movement of the tides is regulated by the room. This is one of the few watches that have a tidal map. The dial displays a particularly easy-to-read map of the tides.
The world timer
In the centre of the dial, the Northern Hemisphere is depicted as seen from above the North Pole. Six o’clock in London represents the Greenwich meridian, marking Greenwich Mean Time. Three concentric discs turn around this fixed map of the world. The outermost circle features a symbol representing the sun. This solar disc, which completes one revolution in 24 hours, also sweeps over a display of 24 time zones and is equipped with a day/night indicator. These markings control the Worldtimer function, allowing the wearer to simultaneously display the time in the 24 cities inscribed on the internal flange.
Over the moon
The moon appears on a lower orbit. Two discs work together here. While one functions as a circular window showing the position of the Earth’s satellite another shows the changing phases of the moon. There is a reason for the separation of these discs- it leads to a high level of precision. The time lag for each lunar month is just 5.7 seconds per day, or one day in 40 years!
The calibre is entirely designed and produced in-house. It is equipped with silicium technology. It offers a date function, on a track encircling the world map. Push buttons at 8 and 10 o’clock enable the wearer to quickly move the time forward or backward by one hour – a very handy feature while travelling or when switching to summer time.
The Moonstruck Worldtimer combines innovation and watchmaking tradition. The new astronomical timepiece surely recounts the poetic beauty of the moon!