Line extension: The Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase

Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar

As its full name states, the Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase is a sophisticated timepiece with integrated and user-friendly additional functions. Click on “read more” to get the story…

The Wempe Zeitmeister timepieces from Glashütte were born of sheer necessity in 2006. Kim-Eva Wempe and her father wanted to be able to offer their clients a certified chronometer that represents the epitome of a reliable and accurately running wristwatch housed within a well-proportioned case for an affordable price. Today we know that the Wempe´s were ahead of time, since in 2006 almost all the watch manufacturers focused to produce more and more expensive timepieces. The entry price segment was simply given up by them. After the crises in 2009 of course all the sudden some had to think their strategy over and started again to offer more affordable watches. At this time the family Wempe already produced its own watches and as the years have gone by, these excellent qualities have been augmented with additional mechanical functions such as a world time display, a chronograph to measure elapsed times and a full calendar with moon phase.

We know that some people are content with a precise timekeeper, but others prefer somewhat “more” watch. Wempe tries to satisfy both with the new Chronograph Moon Phase, the most complicated Zeitmeister ever made in Glashütte.

“Models outfitted with chronograph and full calendar including moon phase rank among our customers’ favorites. Now the two most popular horological complications are combined in this watch line’s new flagship, which will be launched simultaneously at all Wempe locations worldwide starting in October”, said Kim-Eva Wempe during the presentation of the new Chronograph Moon Phase.

 

Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar
Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar

 

The self-winding watch includes a chronograph, a full calendar and a lunar display. Never before has so much “Zeitmeister” been packed into a watch of moderate case proportions, measuring just 42 mm in diameter.

The extraordinary potential of both short- and long-term time management provided by this watch is best proven by a concrete example. Let’s begin with the date of this new watch’s launch. October 1, 2014 is a Wednesday, and the earth’s satellite is a waxing half-moon. The chronometer accurately shows the time at 9:35:20 a.m. We have to leave for an appointment in an hour and a half, so we activate the chronograph, which henceforth indicates how much of the 90-minute interval has elapsed.

If desired the mechanical chronograph can add measured intervals up to 12 elapsed hours. Measurements can also be repeatedly interrupted and resumed. This watch also boasts a 24-hour display to guarantee unmistakable day-night orientation. Last but not least, the moon-phase display indicates the momentary appearance of our planet’s pale satellite. Many people believe that the moon strongly influences events on earth, regardless of the time of day or night or whether skies are clear or cloudy. Following new moon, the lunar disc on this wristwatch advances progressively across the miniature stage of the dial until it is fully visible, when it gradually begins to wane.

This feat is repeated every 29½ days by two moons on a moving disc: soon after the one moon has fully vanished on the right side, its companion’s slim crescent begins to appear on the left. This fascinating spectacle also eliminates the need for mnemonic tricks to distinguish between the waning and waxing moon, like “DOC”: D for waxing, O for full and C for waning moon in the northern hemisphere. The watch’s moon phase display simply moves clockwise. Its self-winding movement boasts a 48-hour power reserve. An antireflective sapphire crystal and water-resistance to five atmospheres contribute toward making this wristwatch perfectly suitable for daily wears. This stainless steel watch is available with either a silver-plated or black dial and is comes with either an alligator-skin strap or a steel bracelet.

 

Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar
Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar

 

 

 

 

>>>  See the two versions of the Wempe Zeitmeister Glashütte i/SA Chronograph Moon Phase Full Calendar with a steel bracelet, learn about the chronometer testing in Glashütte, check out the technical data and prices and see why the graduation on the dial is wrong on page 2  >>>

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Thank you Alexander for great article, I’m very grateful for the explanation for the correct markings on the chronographs! In your experience who are the people buying watches from less-known brands like Wempe, Bucherer, etc.? All the other more respectable watch brands have offerings in similar price categories. Who buys 50k Tourbillon watch from Bucherer when I can have excellent Patek, VC, or Breguet for that price?

  • I see what you’re saying about the markers, 2/8, 4/8 then 6/8 which makes 3 marks as 8/8’s is the next second. I suppose if you made the markers finer, there could be 7 (1/8, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8 5/8, 6/8 & 7/8).

    Moon phases are very attractive to me.

    BTW, when wearing a chronograph, I occasionally use it to time my commute or how long my tea steeps. I think I picked up that last one from an interview with a watch executive. ‘-)

  • I admit that I have no idea what this dial is indicating, or why there should only be 3 lines instead of 4 lines, but even so I am curious as to why so many watch companies are making this error ? So only Montblanc got it right and incidentally they are opening a store in Yorkdale Mall here in Toronto where I live.

  • I know a lot of people, who bought watches with moon-phase and all of them admitted that moon-phase complication does not serve any practical purpose; it is just there as it looks nice.

    Now, do you know any person who uses this complication and, if yes, how?

  • Hi Alexander,

    nice one on the scale, definitely to be corrected.

    It is a shame that a fairly standard 7751 used to be under 2000 € just some years ago and now we are reaching double that price…I wouldn’t buy for that money. But I know that many people do, when I watch the clientele shopping @ Wempe in Munich…

    Kind regards,
    Stefan

    • You are so right with the 7751 but this is the market, the demand for this calibre has grown dramatically.
      The “little error” on the graduation scale is a no-go for me, but Wempe is not the only one to make this error. They are with Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak Offshore), Patek Philippe (all their new chronographs), Rolex (Daytona!) and many others in good company.

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