Last week I shared with you my tour of the small but impressive Cabestan manufacture, but the real reason for my visit was to check out the brand’s latest offering, the Terra Luna. So without further ado…

Please note that the piece I got to photograph was actually a work-in-progress, so there are still one or two elements that or missing or will be changed in the final production version.

Cabestan Terra Luna

With the Terra Luna, Cabestan have come up with a long waited new watch that features not only cosmetic changes from the original Winch Tourbillon and Trapezium, but also new movement that incorporates an added complication to an already impressive setup, a spherical moon phase indication.

Cabestan Terra Luna

The case of the Terra Luna takes cues from both previous models while still remaining quite original. You still have the rectangular, trapezoid form of the Winch and the pullout crowns of the Trapezium, but otherwise the Terra Luna is a different mechanical beast altogether. In fact, the actual case is based on one of the very limited pieces they did for Ferrari owners (which Ariel Adams of ablogtowatch.com wrote about here). What I especially appreciate is the unobstructed view of the movement, thanks to the single sapphire crystal component.

Cabestan Terra Luna

Besides the hours, minutes and seconds indicated on separate drums like the other Cabestan pieces, the Terra Luna also features a power reserve indicator on the top-left drum. And last but not least is the actual moon phase indicator, which literally takes center stage. I’m personally a big fan of spherical moon phases, which of course are much more complex to execute and provide a more realistic depiction of what the moon looks like from the earth.

Cabestan Terra Luna

The model I was shown had the spherical moon done in polished white and black ceramic, though it can also be had in matte ceramic as well as a choice of semi-precious stones. Remember, these watches are made to order, so the potential buyer can customize several details like the case material and finish, the index colors, as well as the moon.

Cabestan Terra Luna

Cabestan Terra Luna

The display back allows a view of the in-house conceived and manufactured CAB EC 102L movement, though the fact that it’s an “inverted” design means that all the interesting features like the fusée and chain, vertical tourbillon and gears are on the dial-side of the movement. Still, given the fact that it’s made of no less than 939 individual components, the movement is a marvel to behold from any angle really. The movement delivers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours when fully wound.

Cabestan Terra Luna

On the wrist the Terra Luna is a piece that definitely won’t go unnoticed. It’s open worked movement, curved sapphire crystal and generous proportions make it a substantial watch, but not ridiculously big. In fact, this shot was taken on the wrist of the female watchmaker who put this watch together.

Cabestan Terra Luna

The Cabestan Tera Luna can be had at a starting price of CHF 197,000 for the Titanium case models.

More information on www.cabestan.ch