We investigate the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase, a chronograph with various complications.

Sometimes, you wonder who peruses your articles, yet there I was staying out of other people’s affairs when the great people at the Swatch Group here in Germany shot me a note.  You see, I had referenced a recently delivered Union Glashütte Belisar Pilot’s watch (the Big Date) on one of my week after week portions of This Week in Watches.  I had likewise expressed that I thought minimal about the brand and had never held one.  Well, the group saw this and inquired as to whether I’d be keen on checking on their new Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase.  I said yes notwithstanding the way that moon phase watches aren’t truly in my wheel house.  Still, assortment is something worth being thankful for, right?

The Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase Arrives

A week or so later, I got the 4,800 Euro hardened steel and 18K gold Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase via the post office complete with a user’s manual – something worth being thankful for that we will contact in later – and change tool.  Upon opening it, I should concede two or three things quickly struck me.  First, the completing looks truly nice.

The dial, the case, and even the decorated earthy colored calfskin lash present truly well.  The other thing that I saw is that the Belisar Moon Phase is a huge watch.  At 44mm in distance across, over 53mm long, 15.35mm in thickness, and 21mm hauls, the watch is certainly excessively enormous for my little wrists.  Still, there are a lot of individuals who like and, in their eyes, require a watch of this size.

An Impressive Dial

Before we get into the genuine heart of the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase, we’ll invest some energy examining the dial and case.  I referenced I saw the completing immediately and it’s obvious that this watch sits in one of the Swatch Group’s center upper tiers.  I don’t know whether that bodes well, but rather I frequently consider how the Swatch Group goes to advertise with the entirety of its various brands and separates them.  Yes, I comprehend that there’s hybrid in evaluating, however then there’s additionally an alternate market portion contingent upon the brand.  With Union Glashütte, it appears to be that they’re focusing on the individuals who appreciate German watches and the vintage pilot’s aesthetic.  But, the brand tosses in some cutting edge turns when glancing through their catalog.  But coming back to the dial on the Moon Phase, what I discovered is that it comes up short on the gleam that I regularly find on, say, a Longines.  And that’s intriguing on the grounds that really offers a Moon Phase utilizing a similar base movement.  When investigating current Moon Phase watches, Google even guided me toward an article that Robert-Jan wrote about the watch from route back in 2014: the Longines Master Collection Moon Phase .  Needless to say, it’s valued also (in steel) to the Union, yet I like the German watch’s dial far more.

Perhaps it’s because of the eggshell white dial, the relating applied gold files (3/6/9/12 are applied with gold darts denoting different hours), and the gold hands, however it comes across as extremely tasteful and elegant.  The equivalent can be said for the printed dark textual style and the sub registers with their furrowed surfaces.  No, there’s nothing particularly remarkable here – you get forces of everything from JLC to IWC – yet it looks good.  I particularly like the way that the 9:00 sub register, which shows running seconds and a 24-hour marker, has a raised edge when compared to the submerged boundaries of the other two sub dials.  Also, and I’m sure the enormous measure of land helping, yet the dial comes off as cleaned up regardless of a ton of data close by to view.

A Unique Case With Gold Highlights

One trademark I saw when reviewing the brief on the Big Date was its case.  Specifically, the case sides seem to have fitted portions of material that screw onto the fundamental case to make a ventured look when seeing any watch inside the Belisar assortment from head on.  The Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase has this quality too, yet for this situation, the strips are made of gold.  What you end up with is a watch that has some semi-significant gold augmentations, however these features are by one way or another not in your face.  truth be told, in some lighting, regardless of whether it’s the sides of the bezel, the yellow gold that Union comes off as so light that it nearly mixes into the steel principle case.

Flipping the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase over, you improve perspective on how the gold finds a way into the case sides – or “flanks” as the brand’s site calls them.  It’s a pleasant detail and something I’ve not actually seen before.

The Moon Phase Movement

The cal. UNG-25.01 programmed chronograph development is grinding away inside the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase.  After a bit of criminal investigator work, the essential distinction I could discover between this development and a standard ETA 7751 is that Union changed it marginally to acquire a 60-hour power save rather than the ordinary 46.  As you can see through the (8-screw) screw-down presentation case back, the brand added its own wrapping up including an in part straightforward rotor.  But, you should ask yourself, how does this development work?  Well, the appropriate response, fortunately, is pretty easily.

Operating the Moon Phase Movement

As the UNG-25.01 inside the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase is ETA 7750-based, the chronograph capacities work per normal.  Also, the watch can be hand wound and it hacks.  Pulling the crown out 2 stops permits the wearer to set the time.  Knowing whether the watch is in AM or PM is showing by the 24-hour bolt tipped hand inside the 9:00 sub dial. Hauling the crown out one stop (or pushing it in one prevent from time setting) at that point several diverse functions.  By turning the crown one way, the sickle tipped focal hand moves easily around the dial with scarcely perceptible snaps as you travel through the dates of the month.  Moving it rapidly around the dial is additionally the best way to propel the upper right opening inside the 12:00 subdial to show up at the right month.  Once the month is correct, one stops on the right date.  Turning the crown the other way permits the proprietor to set the moon phase, which is found inside a window inside the 6:00 sub register.  I looked into the current moon phase and we had recently passed the “new moon” stage, so you can see the moon simply starting to wax from the left half of the window.   Finally, the little pointed instrument that accompanied the watch can be utilized to push down a catch on the case at 10:00 to set the right day of the week.  So, indeed, it’s simple and whenever everything is set, you truly just need to stress over months with under 31 days.  Apparently, the moon phase likewise leaves arrangement a few years, however a check sometimes on the web about the current phase should keep things in order.

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

As I referenced, the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase is just excessively enormous for my wrists.  That’s not the watch’s flaw – it’s hereditary qualities at work here.  Still, however, there was a supernatural thing about setting the moon phase and the way that everything worked so smoothly.  Regarding estimating, you should realize that all-impeccable forms of this watch (there is unified with gold hands and one with blued) cost 2,980 Euros.  Whether it’s in steel or bi-shading like this model, that’s not inexpensive.  But, Union Glashütte specifies in its set of experiences that they have consistently planned to bring to the table moderate German extravagance versus brands like Glashütte Original or even Lange.  When taking a gander at it that way, they’re surely less expensive.  If your wrist can deal with 44mm and you extravagant an all around completed German-made watch with complications, the Belisar Moon Phase is unquestionably worth a look.

For more data on the Union Glashütte Belisar Moon Phase, visit Union Glashütte’s .