Earlier today, A. Lange & SÃ¶hne announced a big update to the Lange 1 Moon Phase that sees it get a new base movement as well as a completely different take on the moonphase complication that includes a day/night indicator as well. After introducing you to the watch, I was able to go hands-on with all three models at Lange’s factory in GlashÃ¼tte. Here’s a real life look at the newest addition to Lange’s catalog.
When I first heard that this year’s December 7 Lange release would be an update to the Lange 1 Moon Phase, I have to say I was a little surprised. It’s not the sexiest piece in the collection nor one that tends to make a huge splash. A moonphase is a great complication, but a new one isn’t going to set the watch world ablaze with interest, is it? Well, after spending some time with the new Lange 1 Moon Phase, I have to say it’s way more interesting than I had anticipated. The new execution of the day/night disc combined with a moonphase indicator is elegant and fun at the same time. It’s a moonphase worth getting excited about.
When you get up close, you can see just how amazing this little moonphase indicator really is. As we mentioned in our initial post, there are actually two discs: one that carries the moon, and one behind it that rotates once every 24 hours. The disc carrying the moon rotates as normal for a moonphase indication (though it’s more accurate than a standard moonphase, at one days’ error every 122.6 years). The moon is curved and terminates in a sharp edge, making it really pop against the backdrop (there are actually two moons, not one, even if they’re never visible at the same time, as is the case with virtually all moonphase discs). The sky disc is gold that’s been treated to create the vibrant blues, which vary from almost robins-egg to midnight. The gold stars are bright but not so much so as to compete with the moon.
As far as the movement goes, the thinking here is pretty simple: two years ago the Lange 1 got a major update and now the Lange 1 Moon Phase should be based on the same technology. Makes sense. The result is caliber L 121.3, which is a fully in-house movement with a 72-hour power reserve that is manually-wound. There are 47 jewels and eight gold chatons, with 438 parts in all. It’s worth noting that this is the 20th Lange moonphase caliber. Looking at it, you won’t really find any surprises â the finishing and architecture are both top notch and you can easy get sucked in, staring at the movement way longer than you need to.
Putting the watch on the wrist, though, is when it starts to feel more exciting. The 38.5mm case is incredibly comfortable and a great size for almost any wrist. Why more makers aren’t utilizing the 38-39mm profile is beyond me, if I’m being candid. If the regular Lange 1 is a little too sparse for you, this watch might add just enough more to the equation to convince you. The black dial version in white gold is the obvious stand-out, but I think on the wrist I might actually like the platinum version best. Jury is still out on that one though.
The Lange 1 Moon Phase in white and pink gold will set you back â¬39,500 (approximately $42,430 at time of publishing), while in platinum you’re looking at â¬52,000 (approximately $55,860). The official pricing in U.S. Dollars will be announced at SIHH and we’ll update these numbers as soon as we have them.
Also, A. Lange & SÃ¶hne has officially launched its Instagram account today, so give the brand a follow @alangesoehne. I’m sure there’s going to be some pretty great stuff on there very, very soon.