Unveiled in London on 11 July 2019 at the international Moritz Grossmann Road show 2019, the limited edition MOON in SPACE watch pays homage to the beauty of the Moon.
The dial face features three celestial bodies, which appear to move freely through the universe: a silver, shimmering Moon with a textured surface serves as a striking fixed point. Two smaller dials, one for the hour and minute and another for the seconds, sit in the foreground in front of the Moon.
The different sizes of the dials make exciting use of proportions and play with the size variation concept characteristic of MOON in SPACE: with a diameter of 44.5 mm, the case is almost twice as large as the just 26.0 mm Calibre 102.0 – an enormous different that MOON in SPACE overcomes with elegant ease.
The movement is positioned in a holding ring at the winding crown on the case and fixed in place with four black gold-plated bars. The bars bridge the height difference between the edge of the case and the movement holding ring, and their bold design echoes the four antennas shooting out from Earth’s first satellite, Sputnik 1. Sapphire crystal with an antireflective coating provides a view of the support elements and sophisticated structure of MOON in SPACE and reinforces the impression of open space and movement.
A deep black case with matte, diamond-like substance symbolises the darkness of the universe. It gets its extraordinary look from an exquisite diamond-like carbon (DLC) treatment, where the stainless steel is carbon-coated in a chemical vapour deposition process. The result is a blackened, extremely hard surface permanently protected from scratches, wear and corrosion.
The celestial body model was crafted with extreme precision and great love for detail: thanks to the curved surface, the silver moon motif looks especially dynamic. The relief texture is handcrafted and shows a lunar landscape with its characteristic rock formations. The provenance of MOON in SPACE is evidenced by a fine, hand-engraved Moritz Grossmann logo at the upper left edge.
In front of the silver, shimmering surface, two smaller dials with Arabic numerals come prominently to the fore: the dial for the hours and minutes radiates in white grand-feu enamel. Its contrast cousin counts the seconds at the 7 o’clock mark in black grand-feu enamel. The Grossmann hands with their excellent contrast each ensure that both dials are easy to read. The ultra-fine, handcrafted stainless steel hands for the hours and minutes were annealed to a brown-violet hue, while the small seconds hand was polished to a glossy stainless steel finish. A black strap made of the finest alligator leather with a prong buckle sets a fittingly dark accent.
The highly refined movement sits in the manufactory calibre 102.0. Despite its small dimensions, the calibre has a classic 3/5 plate structure and features all of the characteristic Grossmann elements, such as the stepped balance cock with Grossmann micrometer screw, the separately removable winding block and the mass-optimised balance. The sapphire crystal display back provides an open view of the sophisticated mechanical workings of the brilliant movement elements.
The Moritz Grossmann MOON in SPACE is available in DLC stainless steel. The number of pieces is limited to eight watches worldwide.
Model: MOON in SPACE
Manufacture calibre 102.0, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
Movement dimensions Diameter: 26.0 mm, height 3.45 mm
No. of parts 196
No. of jewels 26, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
Escapement Lever escapement
Oscillator Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox-1 balance spring
Balance Diameter 10.0 mm, frequency 21,600 semioscillations/hour
Power reserve 48 hours when fully wound
Hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds
Three-part, Stainless steel DLC
Diameter: 44.5 mm, height 13.8 mm
Crystal and display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
Crown in 750/000 rose gold for winding the watch and setting the time
Three-part, black and white grand-feu enamel, Arabic numerals. cambered lunar disc with relief engraving
Manually crafted, hour and minute hands steel, annealed to brown-violet, small seconds hand stainless steel, polished
Alligator leather with prong buckle in Stainless steel
Shock-resistant balance with inertia and poising screws, impulse pin integrated in rim; flat balance spring; balance staff with integrated safety roller; index adjuster with Grossmann micrometer screw; pillar movement with 3/5 plate, frame pillars and separately removable clutch winder; frame parts in untreated German silver; raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; remodified Glashütte stopwork with backlash; mainspring barrel with bilateral jewel bearings for optimised power management in the low-torque range; ARCAP train wheels; proprietary escapement with 18- tooth escape wheel