A. Lange & Sohne has had a swell 25 years since the brand’s 1994 comeback following Soviet expropriation. Four timepieces spearheaded the brand’s return to glory, the unmistakable Lange 1 among them.
Lange’s celebrating that with ten special editions spread over 2019 – here’s what you need to know about the second timepiece that was just announced, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary”.
01: It’s got a heart of (white) gold
To set it apart from the vanilla Lange 1, it sports an additional, breathtaking complication. A hand-engraved disc, made of pure white gold, serves as the heart of the moonphase indicator.
02: Said disc is a first for Lange
This marks the first time the pristine material has been used in such fashion in a Lange watch. A total of six stars and minor dots were crafted by hand. These are coupled with an inlaid golden moon to present a wondrous nightscape.
03: The “Grand” versions are physically larger
The rest of the watch is par for the course – the signature oversize date indicator, blue indices and hands upon a silver dial. However, all “Grand’ versions of the Lange 1 Moon Phase are 2.5mm larger than the regular counterpart, bringing the diameter up to 41mm.
04: The Grand versions’ moonphase is substantially larger
The moonphase indicator sitting pretty at the heart of the hours and seconds dial, instead of its customary “supporting” berth at 5 o’clock. It’s also very subtle, but the date is swelled to 4% larger to even out this shuffle.
05: It’s got juice for days
The 446-part, 45-jewel automatic movement totes a power reserve of 72 hours, trackable through the indicator at 3 o’clock.
Only 25 of these are being made, in accordance with the occasion. That leaves 8 more anniversary designs that Lange will continue to deliver on a monthly basis. Snap these up fast if you’re keen on collection – the watch is ticking.