NEW: A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’Written by Melissa Kong
A. Lange & Söhne shines with its latest Lange 1 anniversary model.
We’re not big on stereotypes but you have to admit, the Germans are known to be highly efficient, no-nonsense and disciplined. Look at the Bauhaus aesthetic, for example. It’s clean, functional, and gets the job done. So when German legend A. Lange & Söhne broke out of the mould and got a little playful, we sat up and took notice.
And if you don't already know, the Saxonian manufacture has been a bit of a tease this year, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its iconic Lange 1 with a new model released each month from January till October. At first, we wondered if so many Lange 1s would get tedious after a while. Surprisingly, it has been just the opposite and we found ourselves eagerly anticipating the next version of this signature model and taking guesses on which complication would feature next.
After the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary' was unveiled in February, we thought the moonphase complication had had its turn in the limelight. We were wrong. This month, the brand debuts its Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’ with a day/night indicator.
An extremely clever contraption, the day/night indicator here is fused with the moonphase display via a solid gold celestial disc that has a clear blue section to denote daytime, and a darker blue portion dusted with 383 laser-cut stars to denote nighttime. Gradating shades of blue also take the wearer gently from day into night. Not only is it brilliant for its smart and economical use of real estate, it’s also quite simply stunning.
While not a new complication (the brand first showcased it in 2017), the moonphase with day/night indicator is a reminder of the ingenuity that goes into each A. Lange & Söhne timepiece. And don’t get us wrong, the brand may have been playful in its Lange 1 unveilings, but it is still entirely German in its level of precision and technical chops.
Case in point: the manual-winding Calibre L121.3 is based on the generic Lange 1 Calibre L121.1 from 2015. Even though the moonphase display with day/night indicator required 70 additional parts, the Calibre L121.3 is just 0.4mm thicker than the Calibre L121.1, housed within the same case diameter of 38.5mm.
Expect the same exacting standards in the rest of the watch—the balance cock (above) is beautifully polished and engraved with the outsize date (a signature of all ‘25th anniversary’ models), while the twin mainspring barrel allows for a maximum of 72 hours’ power reserve. Complemented with a hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap with grey seam, this watch (like the rest in the collection) is limited to just 25 numbered pieces.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".