If, like me, you get worked up about date apertures, then you’re sure to have a strong reaction to the 40-millimeter Full Month from Itay Noy. My reaction is entirely positive. Few things bother me more than a date complication that fails to be thoughtfully integrated into the dial, and in the case of the Full Month the date aperture isn’t just integrated; it’s practically the whole story.
This independent brand out of Isreal has perforated the dial with the days of the month. Beneath the dial, the date disc rotates like most mechanical date complication’s do, but here the only printing is a small dot of color that appears through one of the perforated numerals at a time, thus indicating the date. This arrangement is a complete reversal of the standard date aperture: instead of a fixed window with numerals appearing beneath, the numerals are themselves the fixed aperture.