As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, venerable German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne will unveil anniversary editions every month this year leading up to October (the Lange 1 was first unveiled in October 1994). After the Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary Edition’ that was unveiled in January during SIHH 2018, it is now time to meet the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase jubilee edition.
With its off-center dial layout and outsize date, the Lange 1 is an emblematic model for the German maison. This new model is cased in white gold and is limited to just 25 watches. The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase was first launched in 2014 and is a good 2.5 mm larger than the Lange 1 Moon Phase. The Grand version measures 41 mm in diameter and is 9.4 mm thin, keeping it well within the realm of slim dress watches. The white gold case is fitted with sapphire crystal on the dial and movement side.
It features a solid silver dial with printed deep-blue numerals reminiscent of the Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary Edition’. However, the highlight of the dial is the white gold lunar disc with hand-engraved stars, the first Lange watch with such a lunar disc. Six stars and numerous small dots have been engraved by hand to create a starry sky.
The moon-phase display, which is correct for 122.6 years, is also larger than that of its sister model and has moved from the subsidiary seconds dial to the main dial with the hour and minute display, a more prominent spot for this complication. The characteristic outsize date has also been enlarged proportionally by four per cent to align with the above changes.
The business end of the watch reveals Caliber L095.3, meticulously decorated and twice assembled by hand with the typical characteristics of the Lange 1 watch family. The three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver decorated with Glashütte ribbing affords a view of the screw balance with a balance spring developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises 446 parts and has a power reserve of 72 hours when fully wound.
The hand-engraved balance cock has a special engraving: the number “25” in the Lange-typical outsize date window, surrounded by a floral pattern. All engraved recesses are given a blue coating, a hallmark now of the anniversary editions. As mentioned earlier, the watch is limited to just 25. The watch is priced at AED190,000.