A few weeks ago Lange, were generous enough to loan us the new Lange 1 Moon Phase, which incorporates one of the neatest little day/night indicators I’ve seen in some time for a couple of weeks. I fondly remember when this A. Lange & Söhne replica watch was announced last December and distinctly remember thinking what was so different? Soon all became clear of course but even then, I was left somewhat underwhelmed by this announcement. I remember in recent years when December announcements were made the replica watches introduced sported some kind of handwerkskunst or enamel dial. But this new Lange 1 Moon Phase, somehow was a little more subdued or perhaps subtle is a better word? Nonetheless, we just had to get our hands on it to see Lange’s subtle refinement that has quite the impact.
It was way back in 2002 that Lange decided to bestow the moon phase complication upon the Lange 1, only further enriching the Lange 1 family line. And while the Lange 1 family is perhaps Lange’s most successful range it probably doesn’t make your heart flutter as much as say, a Datograph but the combination of the moon phase in the Lange 1 is rather special.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange moon phase replica complication is a sight to behold on any timepiece but what makes the new Lange 1 moon phase very special is that you are in fact looking at two rotating discs. Ordinarily the moon phase disc comprises of just one disc, with the actual moons (yes there are two) sitting on the disc which not only display the night sky but also the stars. In the Lange 1 moon phase the disc that you’d ordinarily assume is the backdrop for the night sky with stars, is actually a 24hr indicator, which throughout the day changes from an incandescent beautiful sky blue (during the day) to a starry deep blue night sky. It is such a minute change but the impact is just stunning.