Sometimes, you just know you are going to love a watch, even before you see it in the metal. The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is one of those watches for me. I knew as soon as I saw the press release that I was going to love it. I have always harbored a crush on the Lange 1, which is unusual because I don’t normally dig asymmetric dials (like, really don’t dig them at all) – but when I saw a picture of the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase in rose gold with a guilloché dial, it was love at first high-res press image.
Now, I realize this is a little contradictory as I am constantly beating a dead horse talking about how I like more masculine watches and wish there were fewer diamonds, and, oh, mother-of-pearl on the dial – yuck! But this is different. In my opinion, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is the perfect balance of feminine and masculine, all without trying too hard.
A little about the Lange 1 – it was first introduced all the way back in 1994 as part of the initial modern Lange collection. It measured 38.5mm in diameter and the asymmetrical dial was a pretty big deal at the time. It featured the hour and minute dial, plus running seconds, the outsize date, and a power reserve indicator. Since its launch though, the Lange 1 has seen many iterations, including one with an all new caliber back in 2015.
As I mentioned in my first post about this watch, the new Little Lange 1 is similar to the 20th Anniversary set (le rêve). However, the new model features a perfectly sized 36.8mm rose gold case with a silvery-white guilloché dial. One of the things that I like so much about the case of this piece, besides its modest size, is the color of the gold. Not a lot of people nail the perfect rose gold, but Lange is one that does (along with Audemars Piguet and Bulgari, to name a couple of others). It is recognizably rose gold, not too yellow, not too coppery, and it flatters almost any skin tone.
The dial is also outstanding – a solid piece of gold with guilloché engraving in all the right places and a silvery-white color. You still have the iconic hour and minute dial on the left, the date and power reserve on the right, and, with this model, the moonphase tucked into the seconds sub-register on the bottom right. The moonphase is also stunning, with a matching silvery background and vibrant rose gold moon and stars. It is one of the nicest moonphases I have ever seen.
And last, but certainly not least, there’s the movement. The caliber L121.2 is the same new Lange 1 movement introduced a couple of years ago, with a 72-hour power reserve and the now-standard moonphase accuracy for up to 122.6 years. I would be lying if I said I didn’t find it refreshing to have such a nice (not to mention, beautifully finished) movement in the watch.
Overall, this is just a really great watch from top to bottom. It wears well on the wrist, has just a little bit of shimmer, no diamonds (which can be hit or miss with me), and can easily be a daily wear.
The price on this watch is €38,500 (approximately $40,800 at time of publishing), which is actually €1,000 less than the newly-released white gold Lange 1 Moon Phase (€39,500, or approximately $42,430 at time of publishing), which might be a first for a “ladies” watch. I can’t say if this is my favorite watch from SIHH this year quite yet, but it is certainly a contender.
For more information, visit A. Lange & Söhne online.