An exclusive first look at the Longines Master Collection Moonphase

Swiss watchmaker Longines is adding a superbly elegant complication underneath its signature blue hands - and it's just launched online

When it comes to the world of watch complications, moonphases are making one hell of a comeback right now – and it’s about time: the oldest known version of the complication (the Antikythera mechanism) dates back to 205 BC, invented by the Ancient Greeks to display the position of the Moon, the known planets, the dates of the next Olympic games and the current day, month and year. While this particular complication (or, more correctly, the world’s first analogue computer) was housed in a big wooden box, today’s complications are thankfully a little more compact, but no less impressive. For proof, take a look at the Longines Master Collection Moonphase, which has just dropped online.

The latest addition to the Swiss watchmaker’s Master Collection, this line was first introduced in 2005 as a modern counterpart to its popular, military-inspired Heritage Collection. As with every piece in the range so far, the new Longones Master Collection Moonphase model comes with a self-winding mechanical movement, but tis time it’s been tweaked to give a longer power reserve (the L899 calibre can keep going for an impressive 64 hours).

This new movement is housed within a 42mm stainless steel case with a scratch resistant glass, and can be seen when you flip the watch over thanks to the addition of an open caseback. On the face, the Arabic numerals  and Longines’ trademark blue hands both pop against a refined, ever-so-slightly industrial barelycorn ‘guilloché’ dial – a technique that involves machine stamping a repeating pattern. And if that wasn’t enough texture for you, the whole piece is fitted with a brown alligator-style brown leather strap.

However, the moonphase complication itself is the star of the show here (pun intended) – a high-shine gold moon and stars zing against a deep blue night sky, poking out behind a dial with another of Longines’ trademark blue hands displaying the date.

Yes, we live at a time where finding out the status of the Moon is as easy as asking Siri, but with a complication this beautiful on a watch this sleek, why would you want to?

Available today from 12pm, £1,760,