Prior to the SIHH, A. Lange & Söhne announced another restricted release celebrating the 25th anniversary of what certainly is its most emblematic watch, the Lange 1 – which was brought into the world in 1994 and part of the inaugural “relaunch” assortment. Nonetheless, the brand isn’t just celebrating one model however the whole Lange 1 assortment. Not one watch, but rather 10 models will be presented consistently. Based on this beautiful present day form , here’s the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary”.
Before we take a gander at the new model, a couple of lines about both the idea behind this 25th anniversary assortment and the model that is the base for this restricted version, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase. This particular watch was presented back in 2013 as an advancement of a watch that already was a development of the classic Lange 1 – still with us? The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase depends on the larger case of the Grand Lange 1, meaning 41mm instead of 38.5mm, yet keeps the asymmetric yet attractive display alive. For this adaptation, Lange astutely added a moon phase display into the hours/minutes sub-dial, meaning that the dial remains cleaned up and untouched.
Now, in 2019, the Saxon brand is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its symbol, the Lange 1 – the watch that is, admittedly, everything example of what Lange can manage regarding plan and mechanics. This started with the classic Lange 1 as part of the SIHH 2019 assortment, with the presentation of the plan codes that will later be utilized in 9 different watches, which will be presented consistently until 24 October 2019. Key components will be a 18k white gold case, a strong silver, argenté-shaded dial with more profundity and surfaces, blued steel hands and a blue strap. Apart from that, it appears to be that most watches part of this celebration assortment will remain mechanically equal to existing models.
The new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary”
For this subsequent watch, A. Lange & Söhne depends on quite possibly the most balanced Lange 1 models in the assortment – I mean, this moon indication is really completely integrated in the plan. The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” brings back all that made the “standard” model fruitful and adds the “anniversary touch” to it.
The case is introduced in 18k white gold, with the usual 41mm diameter and 9.4mm tallness – larger, more current measurements than the classic model, however a few markets favor this larger size. Apart from that, the case retains its short drags, the corrector for the moon in the caseband and the pusher at 10 o’clock for the date revision. It is combined with a blue alligator strap with silver sewing and a prong buckle.
The dial of this new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” is, as far as display, the same as the standard version – see here for our survey . This means the desirable topsy turvy layout with hours and minutes in a large counter, the moon phase directly in the center of it, a small seconds at 5 o’clock and the signature outsized date at 1 o’clock – all exceptionally traditional for a Lange 1.
The anniversary contact is the strong silver dial with its argenté finish and a somewhat unique feel from other Grand Lange 1 models. Nonetheless, on the contrary to the Lange 1 25th Anniversary , the areas that are somewhat recessed and matte completed are absent here. The dial has a classic surface. The hands, as well as the files/markers, are blue – and so are the numbers on the date disc.
One of the specificities of this 25th Anniversary model is the moon circle. Indeed, it is the main Lange watch with a hand-engraved lunar circle made of strong white gold. Six stars and various small specks have been engraved by hand to create a starry sky. Along with the inlaid brilliant moon, this structures a novel three-dimensional night scene.
As for the development, A. Lange & Söhne actually depends on its hand-wound caliber L095.3. The development is, as we would expect, crafted and completed to the most exacting Lange quality standards: decorated and assembled by hand, accuracy adjusted in five positions, plates and extensions made of untreated German silver, balance rooster engraved by hand. Specifications are also familiar with 72 hours of force hold and an in-house escapement beating at 3Hz.
What changes is the balance chicken, which is decorated with a particular engraving with the Lange outsize date – with a “25” that represents the celebration year. All the engravings are filled in blue to recall the dial.
Only 25 bits of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” will be delivered. Cost is EUR 45,800. More details at www.alange-soehne.com .