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The Serein Diamond Moon-phase: Beautiful during the Day and at Night!

The Michele Serein Moon-phase is our favorite Michele in years. Shown above with a steel bracelet at $2,095

Have you ever seen a $2,000 ladies watch with a functioning moon-phase indicator and a diamond bezel? In the new Serein Classic Moon-Phase, Michele has made their most innovative watch in years by adding a fully functioning moon-phase complication to one of their popular pieces.

Though it's only been around for a few years, the Serein collection has quickly emerged as a best seller in the Michele line. The most popular watch in the collection, the Serein Classic, takes the same 18mm bands as the full sized Deco or CSX. It is, however, considerably larger than those watches featuring a case that is 38x40mm. Michele has described it as the "boyfriend watch," the kind of watch that at first glance looks like you borrowed it from your boyfriend, but upon closer examination has feminine details that make it your own. In the Serein Moon phase, the indicator is a large cut-out just above where the hands meet.

The Feminine Look and Feel you expect from a Michele

The watch may have a complication that would be suited to a serious men's collector watch, but it has all the feminine touches you would expect from a Michele. First are the applied white stars of various sizes that are scattered around the dial in-between the roman numeral hour markers. They look pretty during the day and help add to the theme of the Moon Phase complication. In the dark, all of these applied stars glow green. This is easily the most fun lume Michele has ever put into a watch.

The applied stars add a pretty and subtle detail to the dial when viewed in the light.

Aside from the luminous hands, the luminous stars on the dial also glow--An attractive alternative to making the hour markers luminous. One of the coolest night views of any watch we have!

The watch has the signature feminine attributes such as the red Michele logo on the crown, and a tapering hand set diamond bezel. The above picture shows the Serein as the diamonds transition from two rows down to one towards six O'clock. The Serein Moon Phase features 100 diamonds with a weight of .60 ct

The signature raised applied Michele logo marks twelve O'clock on the dial. It sits in between three luminous stars on the bezel between eleven and one O'Clock. The above picture shows one of the single-row portions of the dial

There is also a full "bling" version with a tapering diamond bracelet. With this bracelet the watch retails for $3,790 and features 218 diamonds with 1.25 ct of diamonds

Even if you never set it, the Moonphase complication adds color and life to the dial. For those who want to have it accurate, it will perfectly follow the moon's 29.5 day cycle. If you look at (http://fullmooncalendar.net/), you will notice if we are in a waxing or waning stage of the moon.

Setting the Moon Phase during a "Waxing" Moon

If you are trying to set it during a waxing moon, you first have to set the watch to the new moon. For instance, let's say you are trying to accurately set the complication on December 11th, 2013. By clicking on the link above, you will see there is a new moon on December 3rd, 2013. You would forward the minute hand until the moon is absolutely invisible, then set the date to the 3rd.

In order to set the watch properly, you will first have to set it to a "New Moon". Here we've set the watch to show the "new moon" that will occur on December 3rd, 2013

After this first step is completed, you would then manually forward the minute hand for eight days until you reached the 11'th . As you forwarded through each day, you would see the slice of moon continue to grow.

A Michele Serein Moonphase with the Moonphase properly set for December 11th, 2013

Setting the Moon Phase during a "Waxing" Moon

Let's say you want to set the watch on October 26th, 2013. When you look at http://fullmooncalendar.net/ you will quickly see that the moon is in the middle of its waxing stage on this date. Your first step would be to set the watch to a Full Moon. When it is at a full Moon, the moon is entirely visible. By looking at the Moonphase Calendar, you would see that a full moon is on October, 18th. You would then forward the minute hand until you reached the 26th. With each day that went by, as you made your way to your goal of the 26th, the moon would get a little bit smaller.

The Serein Moonphase is in "Full Moon" where 100% of the moon is visible. The watch in the above photo is properly set for October 18th, 2013.

The Serein Moonphase properly set for October 26th, 2013.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.