Clearly contemporary and decidedly distinguished, the Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune timepiece sets aside traditional principles to create its own philosophy of time. A representation of time that is not without surprises, that toys with displays without ever compromising legibility. A structured image of time that conceals an exemplary rigor behind its originality.
From the outset, the Pontos range expresses its desire to desert well trodden paths in favour of blazing its own trail. With the off-center layout as a distinctive feature, it breaks free from accepted standards and established practice with great elegance and refinement. Faithful to these principles, the new moon-phase timepiece reinterprets in its turn one of the most beautiful horological complications. A worthy descendant of the 2010 off-center moon-phase model, it has a 43 mm stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings on both sides to enhance the functions of its self-winding mechanism, the ML 122 caliber.
This piece is undeniably beautifully balanced. And yet, with the off-center displays, the eye finds none of its usual reference points. Hours and minutes are located at 10 o’clock in a disc with long, slim applied indexes. Following the round shape of the dial, they radiate majestically out into the face. The date appears through an aperture located at 6 o’clock, while at 4 o’clock the moon-phase indicator performs its elegant waltz. Two superposed discs lead the dance: one in metallized sapphire crystal reveals the phases and age of the moon; the other, lying underneath, indicates day or night.
The black dial displays information plainly and clearly. The slim diamond-studded markers and luminescent-tipped hands create a striking contrast with its sun-brushed satin texture. A rhodium-dial version accentuates the interplay of light and gives the watch a more classically elegant look.
■ Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishes
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
■ Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
■ Quick moon-phase corrector at 2 o’clock
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm
■ The design of the dial, featuring an off-centered display, is a glowing tribute to the contemporary reinterpretation of our signature
■ Large opening revealing the moon phases and day/night discs at 4 o’clock, and the date at 6 o’clock
■ Moon-age indication at 4 o’clock, displaying the days remaining to the full moon
■ Available in black or rhodium color, featuring diamond-cut applied hour markers on a sun-brushed finish
Hands and discs
■ Diamond-cut faceted hours and minutes hands with white Superluminova C1 (blue emission)
■ Day/night disc
■ Sapphire moon disc with metal-coated moon turning over the day/night disc
■ Black large-scale alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching
■ Folding steel clasp with push-pieces
■ Satin and polished finish
Automatic movement, self-winding ML 122-10
Vibration: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
Power reserve: 38 hours
Adjustments:3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
Decoration: Rhodium-plated movement, circular graining, snail, Côtes de Genève
■ Hours, minutes and seconds by off-center hands
■ Moon phase by sapphire disc at 4 o’clock, with moon age indication
■ Day-night disc at 4 o’clock
■ Date at 6 o’clock
PT6318–SS001–130 (silver dial), PT6318–SS001–330 (black dial)