A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase
Oh yes, another pre-SIHH introduction: the new A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase is here ladies and gents. A welcome watch, as is any other Lange in my eyes. I like the fact that the brand stays fairly true to its values and – in comparison to other brands – keeps it classy. So, 14 years after the introduction, we are welcomed with a new Moon Phase in the Lange 1 series.

Lovely Moon – Lovely Lange
If Lange & Söhne creates a timepiece, I will not argue with you about the quality – since Lange & Söhne timepieces are respected in their category. I will however question the added value of a new timepiece. I have a small problem with a Lange timepiece, that can be found in the fact that they share a lot of characteristics.

Each Lange timepiece has its own charm and is – in one way or another – an added value to the brand. But in my honest opinion there’s too much of the same at moments. Is this bad? That’s up to you. I know it’ll probably sound strange, but I have no problems with this. In the end that is. Why? Because I like every Lange timepiece. No matter what model, or how much it looks like its little brother.

Fancy moon phase
Lange did – as increasingly more brands do – their utmost best to create something special of the moon phase in their watch. We’ve seen 3-dimensional moons, moon phases that look like a devil’s face and complete dials that function like a celestial instrument. Anyhow, A. Lange & Söhne did create a far less crazy moon phase, but that doesn’t mean less cool. It exists out of two solid gold moons twirling around the dial in front of a solid gold celestial disk. That, of course, performs one revolution every 24 hours. As a result you get a very good looking moon phase. A clear blue sky at day and a sky full of stars at night.

Follow the Lange 1
Following up the new Lange 1, this Moon Phase also has a new calibre; the L121.3 calibre. Introduced firstly two years ago in the Lange 1. The moon phase function with its 70 components is very cleverly placed on the L121.3 calibre, making it only a fraction larger than the L121.1 calibre as found in the Lange 1.

Cool facts of course and a movement one should demand from a brand as A. Lange & Söhne. I think people are mostly interested in the fact that the Moon Phase is finally revisited and it looks as stunning as ever. I am very interested in the watch, but as I said before it looks a lot like a Lange we all know. But, since I also said this before.. Judge for yourself if you like it or not. Don’t shoot the Messenger.

Technical specifications

Movement Lange manufacture calibre L121.3, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, deco-rated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five po-sitions; plates and bridges made of untreated German sil-ver; balance cock engraved by hand
 

Movement parts

 

438

 

Jewels

 

47

 

Screwed gold chatons

 

8

 

Escapement

 

Lever escapement

 

Oscillator

 

Shock-resistant cam-poised balance; balance spring manu-factured in-house, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral set-screw and whiplash spring

 

Power reserve

 

72 hours when fully wound

 

Functions

 

Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; power-reserve indicator; Lange outsize date, moon-phase display with integrated day/night indica-tor

 

Operating elements

 

Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; button for quick outsize date corrections; recessed push piece for cor-recting the moon-phase display

 

Case dimensions

 

Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 10.2 millimetres

 

Movement dimensions

 

Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 6.3 millimetres

 

Crystal and back

 

Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)

 

References

 

192.029

 

192.032

 

192.025

 

Case

 

White gold

 

Pink gold

 

Platinum

 

Dial

 

Solid silver, black

 

Solid silver, argenté

 

Solid silver, rhodié

 

Hands and appliques

 

Rhodiumed gold, luminous

 

Pink gold, luminous

 

Rhodiumed gold, luminous

 

Strap

 

Hand-stitched alli-gator leather, black

 

Hand-stitched alli-gator leather, red brown

 

Hand-stitched alli-gator leather, black

 

Clasp

 

White-gold prong buckle

 

Pink-gold prong buckle

 

Platinum prong buckle

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