A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Moonphase
Back in 2002, A. Lange & Sohne introduced the Lange 1 Moonphase, and thereby added one of the most traditional complications in watchmaking to its repertoire. The moonphase, while beautiful, isn’t necessarily the most useful function on a modern watch—but A. Lange & Sohne has got an answer to that with its new moonphase watch.
The brand has added a more practical dimension to the time-honoured complication by combining it with a day/night indicator. The display is located at the 5 o’clock position on the dial, where the moonphase disc rotates as usual, tracking the lunar cycle accurate to 122.6 years. What makes this moonphase different is the addition of a second disc behind the lunar one, which rotates every 24 hours and features both a sky blue half and a midnight navy half, dotted with laser cut stars. This means that when you check your watch at lunch, the moonphase sits on a bright day disc, and when you check the time just before you go to bed, a night disc has replaced it.
The dial also features a regular time display positioned towards to the left, a date window at 1 o’clock and a power reserve indicator that sits between the date and moonphase. The watch comes in three variants—white gold case with a black dial, rose gold with an argenté dial or platinum with a rhodié dial. The case has classic proportions, measuring 38.5mm by 10.2mm, making it a very elegant looking watch.
A. Lange & Sohne has also changed the engine that powers their moonphase watch. The L121.3 is based on a recently upgraded Lange 1 movement, the L121.1, and has the exceptional level of finishing the boutique German brand is well known for. It beats at 21,600vph and features a sizeable power reserve of three days.