Monday, April 8, 2013

Moleskine Turntable 18 month planner

Here is the newest format planner from Moleskine, the Turntable! I've been wanting one of these ever since I discovered them online back in November!
The Turntable has a genius design that allows you to use the weekly pages vertically or horizontally, and you can change how you use it each week if you want to.

Here is the back of the label, click photo to enlarge:
Here is the weekly layout. There are no lines, and the days are written at the bottom of the page if you hold the book vertically or at the left side if you hold the book horizontally. I'll show you more details of the weekly pages as I show you the rest of the features of the book.  Please click to enlarge photos for a better view. I had a hard time getting the print to show up in my photos.

The 2013-2014 Turntable planner goes from July 1, 2013 all the way through the end of December 2014. There are loads of planning calendars in this book. There are monthly reference calendars for July-December 2013, all of 2014,

AND all of 2015. Then there are month column planning pages for July-December 2013,
 all of 2014,

AND ALL of 2015!  So when you start this planner in July 2013, you can plan ahead all the way through the end of December 2015! You know I love me some planning ahead!

Here's an interesting change from previous Moleskine planners: there are no country holidays. Instead of the international holidays chart, there are pages to record the holidays and events that pertain to you each month.

There is a website listed where I presume you can find lists of country holidays to help you fill in these pages. I tried the website but as of today it's not up and running yet.

Another thing that's different is that country holidays are not indicated on the days. Previously in Moleskine planners, the country abbreviation was printed on the day that country had a holiday. But in the New Year's page below, you can see there are no holiday indications. You'll need to fill in holidays on the day spaces if you want them there.

Other useful Moleskine pages are still there like the time zones map, conversions and dialing codes, which I like.

The Travels Planning pages are slightly different now, with lines.

There are Timetable pages to write your fixed weekly schedule. These pages have the Turntable format so you can use them vertically or horizontally:

There are also Expense Planning pages with the Turntable format too:

Moon phases are indicated on the day spaces as they have been in former Moleskine planners, but new this year are times for the phases, at GMT. The diary info page has more information about the moon phases and times:
 Below you can see where the moon phases are printed on the day spaces at the top of the page.
Now we get to the weekly pages. This planner starts July 1, 2013 and the weekly pages end January 3, 2015.

The days are printed at the bottom of the day spaces if the book is held vertically, and at the left if the book is held horizontally. The month dates are printed along the edge of the page for reference. There are faint hash marks to indicate the current week.

There are several unlined pages in the back of the book for Notes, with the page title also printed in the Turntable format so you can write your notes vertically or horizontally.

There is an address booklet tucked into the back pocket.

On the Moleskine website and here in my photos the cover looks more blue than it is in real life. I can assure you the true color is a glorious royal purple!

I want to congratulate Moleskine on this genius design, I think it will be a huge hit!

I ordered this Turntable planner from Amazon. It is available in this Violet color and also in Yellow, Green or Magenta, in this Large size or also in the Pocket size.

Click here to see the Moleskine Turntable planners on


  1. Thanks for showing all the pages in detail, Laurie... I am considering this Turntable format myself. I have been using the daily format for a couple of years now, and I like it, but I don't have as many appointments in my schedule anymore, so some of the space gets wasted, and maybe I'm ready to move to a weekly format. The ability to turn the page is intriguing, but I wonder if it's jarring to switch back and forth as changing needs arise. I also wonder if the format would accommodate both appointments and to-do's like the weekly + notes format (which I'm also considering). Love the color options, though... wish there was a Star Wars Turntable! :-)

    - Tina

    1. Hi Tina, you could definitely use the Turntable like a week + notes format. Horizontally you could write your appointments at the left next to the days and use the rest of the page for lists and notes. Vertically you could write appointments at the top of the daily columns and use the bottom half for lists and notes. Or alternatively you could write lists at the top of the page and appointments at the bottom, like the Planner Pad format. The pages are very unstructured so you can write anywhere you want.

  2. Great review - thanks Laurie! I see it's also on the UK Amazon site, not just the USA version. It looks very interesting. The dimensions appeal to me, although the choice of 13cm width has always baffled me with Moleskine.

    None of your photos show the thickness of the planner. With 208 pages, it must be around 2cm, which is quite bulky - and heavy too?

    1. Hi Tim,

      I don't have a scale so I can't tell you the weight, but yes the 18 month planners are of course thicker and therefore heavier than the 12 month planners. I measure the thickness at approximately 1 1/2 cm.

  3. The uk moleskin website doesn't seem to have them, yet does not a wide selection...shame that..

  4. I almost bought one of these, but knew I would want to use the columns vertically. I would run into trouble as Sunday and Saturday are switched, having Sunday on top would screw up my brain!

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  6. Does this planner have the month per page in front and in a block format like a real calendar? I think the 2011 Moleskines did--but cannot find them now. That was the most helpful thing--to be able to see your plans.

    1. Hi Ally, no it has the monthly column calendars only. I liked those monthly grid calendars too but after that year they went back to their monthly columns as they had used in previous years.

      The good news is, you can download those types of monthly grid calendars on the MSK Templates page (which you have to login to but it's free):

      I downloaded and printed the monthly calendars and taped them into the address booklet in the back, which worked well.

  7. Great--I did not know about the templates. Thank you so much!!

  8. Incredibly helpful! Thanks for all the detail!

  9. Hi! Do you know if the turntable planners come with stickers or not?

    1. Hi Zoe, no the Turntable planners do not come with stickers, just the address booklet.

  10. Make them bring this format back!!!! Please :) I'm having such a hard time finding a replacement. I thought the turntable would magically come out at the beginning of the year. Rani

  11. Maybe if we all send them the suggestion it will come out for the 18 month planner this year :)

    1. Hi Rani, sorry to tell you the Moleskine catalog with the 2016-2017 planners is out and the Turntable is not included in the lineup. You can see the catalog here:

      For the 2016-2017 18 month planners they have the weekly notebook and the horizontal weekly.