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Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch

Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

While it’s perfectly understandable if you’ve had quite enough of “moon-landing-inspired” timepieces, I’m afraid the rush of commemorative editions is still rushing. One slightly odd thing about this current, quite logical (however, occasionally jarring) trend, is that many brands (Moritz Grossmann included) have taken this opportunity to create watches based only very loosely on the moon landing itself. Instead, these brands have chosen to draw inspiration from the practically infinite well of Space. In the case of the Moritz Grossmann Moon in Space watch, the direct inspiration is the mission of humans’ first satellite in Space — Sputnik I. Oh, and the fact that the moon is in Space. Just in case that escaped you. Just to clarify: The moon (big rock in the sky at night) is in Space.

Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

The Moritz Grossmann Moon in Space has just returned to Germany after traveling the globe on an expository roadshow, entertaining onlookers with the fine detailing of its lunar visage. The most immediately noticeable thing about this watch is the massive, display-dominating moon. Made from silver and hand-crafted with relief engraving, the moon is set with two small, time-telling dials.

Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

Both of these dials are coated with grand feu enamel. The white dial (in the dead-center of the moon) shows the hours and minutes by way of Moritz Grossmann’s signature purpled hands (which are truly gorgeous, and always, no matter the watch, draw me in and cause my heart to momentarily flutter). Encroaching on the hours and minutes dial around the 7 o’clock point is a sub-seconds dial in black grand feu enamel with white printing. The lollipop counterpoise on another elegant hand is a stylish touch and ensures that neither active element of this watch sells itself short. How these two exquisite micro-dials mesh with the overall aesthetic of the piece, however, is more debatable.

Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

This is, like many of Moritz Grossmann’s limited pieces, not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The four tendrillar (gold) bars that extend from the moon on the righthand side of the display, giving the impression of a comet hurtling across your wrist from elbow to hand, reference the four antennae of Sputnik I. The off-center location of the moon is made possible by caliber 102.0’s diminutive diameter (26mm) in comparison to the striking 44.5mm case. Although it may not be immediately obvious from the lead image in this article, the stainless steel case is coated with DLC and is, thus, a deep black color. It appears a little more gray in press shots due to the very high polish applied to the entirety of the case.

Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

Using a small movement in a large case tends to be nothing more than laziness. Here the practice has been used to dramatic effect. Whether it resonates with enough people to shift all eight of the models being made in this extremely limited run remains to be seen, but with such an eye-catching piece it seems likely that the concept will find its following.

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Moritz Grossmann Moon In Space Watch Watch Releases

While the overall aesthetic is controversial, the movement, its traditional German architecture, and its incredible level of finishing should find near-universal appreciation. Although a very petite caliber for a brand more known for its solid, pocket-watch-inspired mechanics, the 102.0 uses the typical 3/5 plate structure for which the brand is known. A stepped balance cock with the Grossmann micrometer screw, the separately removable winding block, and the mass-optimized balance are all present and can be observed (and obligatorily fawned over) through the sapphire crystal display back. And while it may be small, the 21,600vph caliber is packing a remarkably decent 48-hour power reserve. To reduce isochronous errors as the power runs down, Moritz Grossmann has jeweled the barrel (top and bottom bearing points) to optimize power transfer during low torque times. The Moritz Grossmann Moon in Space is limited to eight pieces and is priced at €30,700. Learn more at grossman-uhren.com.

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  • H.S.M.

    I do appreciate the beautiful movement. The attention to small details, like the warping of the main dial where it meets with the second one.
    But the overall execution is just something that doesn’t move me one bit.
    Even if I would have this amount of money to burn I would burn it with something else.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Beautifull movement in an underwhelming watch. Looks like Moritz put a one Franc coin behind the dial.

  • Jared

    the dimensions are all wrong. you basically have a watch with a tiny dot for the actual time.

    the watch has something like 75% of the dial that is not being used to display time

    • What fresh hell is this?

      I measured it: 85%

  • Raymond Wilkie
    • H.S.M.

      What a cheesy video for a luxury watch.
      I would expect such an intro for Shinola or MVMT watches.

  • SMB

    I love the dials, hands and movement, but that moon engraving looks awful – it doesn’t have the crispness of the movement decoration and looks out of place. And surely it would have been possible to hide the joins between the tendrillar bars and the rest of the case?

  • Swiss_Cheese

    Meanwhile, everyone at Omega is absolutely livid.

    • iotion

      I wonder if they’ll send a cease and desist letter

      • What fresh hell is this?

        What for? Omega doesn’t own the moon.

  • BNABOD

    No no no….moon what ….it looks like a clock on an oak leaf. Honestly it looks terrible the movement is a beauty but then the “moon” and the giant air gap on the left side of the moon is just hideous . A total miss imho…..

  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely hands and movement, but the rest of the watch is not great.

    What’s with all the fuss about the small movement? It is actually bigger than the eta 2824 and 2892 etc movements and sellita and all the manufacture movements that were created by the different brands to replace the eta movements.

    There is nothing wrong with having small movements. The issue is using a 25.6mm movement in an inappropriate case size. Eg 42-45mm desk divers and chronographs.

    The AP3120 calibre is only 26.6 mm and even the Rolex 3130 movement is 28.5mm which is still small compared to many of the cases the watch is put into.

  • SuperStrapper

    Lovely movement of course, and overall the finishing is of course excellent. Not a great watch though.

  • Spangles

    Decent article on a pretty whimsical watch.
    Now that Lang and Heyne is dying, gotta root for MG to thrive.

    • cluedog12

      As an owner, I’d be worried, but not resigned to the demise of the Lang & Heyne. Beyond Maro Lang leaving the company, are there additional concerns?

  • cluedog12

    Moritz Grossmann is the high end Glashutte Brand that seems to have an artistic streak. Not my cup of tea, but respect.

  • Spangles

    Well, Lang and Heyne are both gone. So. There’s no guiding watchmaker. Only an investor. Maybe you consider Franck Muller to be a thriving brand, but I’d call it lifeless and dead. I think that’s the best case for L&H, the likely outcome is limping along and dying more quietly rather than as a zombie in a conglomerate.

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