It’s becoming an established routine now: consistently, throughout the previous eight months since January 2019, we get information on the latest birthday present to celebrate 25 continuous years of the Lange 1. The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is the 10th anniversary model out of a grand total of ten special models dedicated to the Silver Jubilee of the Lange 1 (you will discover a rundown with connections of all the watches at the finish of this article). The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase, a restricted release of 25 watches, is the exact same watch as its archetype however spruced up for the grand occasion in a white gold case with blue decorations with the incorporation of a hand-engraved white gold lunar disc.
The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase made its presentation in 2017 and was clearly situated as a ladies’ watch. Housed in a ‘little’ 36.8mm pink gold case, the feature was the staggering brilliant white guilloché dial and sumptuous pink gold details on the dial. It was as beautiful as it was smart prevailing upon the hearts and brains of ladies with a passion for fine watchmaking.
This “25th Anniversary” Edition of the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase exchanges the pink gold case for a white gold case and the lavish guilloché dial and pink gold decorations for a more calm silver dial with blue markings and blued steel hands. What is fascinating is the way this alteration radically changes the personality of the watch. What was at one time a pre-prominently female watch is presently a unisex watch, ideal for men with smaller wrists and for ladies who want something a little less obvious. The other ‘anniversary’ tweak is the presence of a hand-engraved white gold lunar circle. Decorated with six stars, the brilliant moons transit through a star-studded night sky.
Like all its manual-winding siblings and sisters in the Lange 1 family, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase displays the characteristic unbalanced dial for the hours and minutes, the hallmark outsize date, the AB/AUF power hold indicator, and the smaller small seconds counter which bends over to house the moon phase. And like almost all A. Lange & Söhne moon-phase displays, the accuracy rate means a deviation from the synodic lunar cycle by just a single day in 122.6 years. On the off chance that you purchased this special version watch in 2019 and kept it appropriately twisted, the main adjustment to address the moon phase would be in 2142…
Turning the watch over reveals the German silver three-quarter plate decorated with Glashütte ribbing and the hand-engraved balance cockerel. Much the same as the other “25th Anniversary” models, the balance cockerel is specially engraved with blue accents along with the number ’25’ to help you to remember the auspicious occasion.
The 411-part manually twisted L121.2 development that controls this watch has a twin mainspring barrel offering 72 hours of force hold. With switch escapement and a stun resistant balance wheel with unusual balancing loads, the development beats at 21,600 semi-oscillations each hour. The twisting of the watch and setting of the time is done from the crown, however there is a catch for brisk rectifications of the outsize date and a recessed push piece for adjusting the moon-phase display.
Guess what the Tenth Present will be?
What’s left in the Lange 1 assortment to re-alter for this Silver Jubilee? What will the 10th watch be? The last watch in the assortment that hasn’t been made in this 25th anniversary variant is the Tourbillon. Would we see a white gold form of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst ? Regardless, prepare for something incredibly, special indeed.
PRICE and AVAILABILITY
The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” comes with a hand-sewed blue alligator leather strap with a white gold prong clasp. It is a restricted release of 25 watches and will retail for EUR 42,300 (incl. taxes). More information at alange-soehne.com .
The nine Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” Editions so far are: Lange 1 , Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase , Little Lange 1 , Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar , Lange 1 Time Zone , Lange 1 Moon Phase , Grand Lange 1 , Lange 1 Daymatic and the latest Little Lange 1 Moon Phase.