Setting Your Villandry Moonphase Function

Long before the invention of watches, we relied on the sun and the moon for tracking time. The Villandry Moonphase is the perfect watch for charting lunar activity, all done with a timeless and artful design. Learn more about how to use this extraordinary watch.

We’ve explored how chronographs work and even took an up close and personal look at one in the form of the Charles Hutton Dual Time

The Villandry Moonphase takes things one step further by charting the changes of the moon. 

Check out Sam’s helpful tutorial video above, then get ready to set your own Moonphase to the correct lunar position as there’s a special kind of satisfaction in finally setting the watch to the correct phase.

Here’s a breakdown of the key points to keep in mind while doing it. 

The Subdials

The Villandry Moonphase features three subdials. 

  • The left and right subdials are more traditional, and represent the day of the week and the date of the month respectively
  • The more unique subdial is the moonphase dial located in the middle

How to Move the Subdials

One of the best parts about setting the Villandry Moonphase is that you should theoretically only have to do it once every few years, which is about how long the quartz battery will last. 

  • Pulling the crown out to the second position controls the hands of the watch’s primary face
  • The other two subdials can only be moved by inserting a little tool (which comes with your watch) into their respective hidden pushers
  • The left subdial’s hidden pusher is located on the left, and the right subdial’s pusher is located on the right

Setting the Moonphase

Now that you know how to maneuver the subdials via the crown or hidden pushers, all that’s left to do is set the watch to the correct moonphase. 

But before you do that, you’ll need to set it to the date of the most recently passed full moon first. Here’s how: 

  • First, research when the most recent full moon took place
  • Use the tiny tool provided to you to set that day of the week on the left subdial
  • To do this, push the tool into the hidden pusher hole, and give a single push for every day you’d like to advance
  • Do the same on the right side with the calendar date subdial, giving one push at a time per date you wish to advance
  • Once you have the correct day and date of the last full moon, you’ll want to pull the crown out to the 2nd position and rotate the hands until the picture of the full moon on the middle dial is flush in the center
  • It’s a good rule of thumb to always go forward in time when setting it, rather than back. Going in reverse can often cause damage to the watch, so best to play it safe and spin forward

All done with that? Great job! We’re almost there. 

Now that you’ve set the watch to reflect midnight of the day and date of the last full moon, simply rotate the crown once more until you get to today’s correct day, date, and time. Once there, push the crown in and you’re all set. 

If you ever have any difficulty orienting your Villandry Moonphase to the correct time and lunar cycle, just let us know and we’ll be happy to assist. 

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