A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase


A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase

Lange 1 Moon Phase

A moon for days and nights
La Cote des Montres - March 1st, 2017

In 2002, the Lange 1 Moon Phase enriched A. Lange & Söhne’s most successful watch family with a model featuring the popular astronomical complication. Following the Lange 1, it has now been endowed with a new movement as well. It takes a new and particularly realistic approach by combining the moon-phase display with a day/night indicator.

More than 50 years after the first spacecraft landed on the moon’s surface, we have still not yet unlocked all of the secrets of our planet’s companion. Thus, even in 2016, scientists cannot conclusively answer questions about the origins of the moon. This mystery keeps humankind interested in our closest celestial neighbour and underpins the fascination of one of the most coveted astronomical complications: the moon-phase display.

It tracks the lunar cycle – with an average duration of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds – so accurately that it takes 122.6 years for the display to deviate from the true synodic period by just one day.

The arrangement of the display is based on a new, particularly realistic concept. A separate solid-gold moon pursues its orbit in the foreground. Behind it, a celestial disc – also made of solid gold – performs exactly one revolution every 24 hours.

On the disc, the different times of day are represented by varying blue hues caused by interference effects. During the day, it shows a bright sky without stars, while at night it depicts a dark sky with prominently contrasting laser-cut stars. Thus, the moon always orbits against a realistic background that doubles as a day/night indicator when setting the watch.

The now 20th Lange calibre with a moon-phase display is based on the Lange 1 movement introduced two years ago, and it has the same performance attributes. This includes the characteristic twin mainspring barrel with a maximum power reserve of 72 hours and the precisely jumping outsize date display.

The Lange 1 Moon Phase also features an escapement with a cam-poised balance and a free-sprung Lange hairspring. Suspended beneath the hand-engraved balance cock, it beats with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.

The 70 parts for the moon-phase display were so cleverly integrated in the L121.3 manufacture calibre that it is only marginally larger than the calibre L121.1 inside the Lange 1. The asymmetric solid-silver dial sets a remarkably harmonious stage for the luminous time and power-reserve indications complemented with an outsize date, the moon-phase display, and the day/night indicator. The Lange 1 Moon Phase is available in white gold/black, pink gold/argenté, and platinum/rhodié case/dial combinations.


Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase

Technical description

Movement :Lange manufacture calibre L121.3
Manually wound
Crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards
Decorated and assembled by hand
Precision-adjusted in five positions
Plates and bridges made of untreated German silver
Balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts :438
Screwed gold chatons :8
Escapement :Lever escapement
Oscillator :Shock-resistant cam-poised balance
Balance spring manufactured in-house
Frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Precision beat adjustment system with lateral set-screw and whiplash spring
Power reserve :72 hours when fully wound
Functions :Time indicated in hours, minutes
Subsidiary seconds with stop seconds
Power-reserve indicator
Lange outsize date
Mmoon-phase display with integrated day/night indicator
Operating elements :Crown for winding the watch and setting the time
Button for quick outsize date corrections
Recessed push piece for correcting the moon-phase display
Case dimensions :Diameter: 38.5 millimetres
Height: 10.2 millimetres
Movement dimensions :Diameter: 30.6 millimetres
Height: 5.7 millimetres
Reference :192.029
Case :White gold
Dial :Solid silver, black
Hands and appliques :Rhodiumed gold, luminous
Strap :Hand-stitched alligator leather, black
Clasp :White-gold prong buckle
Reference :192.032
Case :Pink gold
Dial :Solid silver, argenté
Hands and appliques :Pink gold, luminous
Strap :Hand-stitched alligator leather, red brown
Clasp :Pink-gold prong buckle
Reference :192.025
Case :Platinum
Dial :Solid silver, rhodié
Hands and appliques :Rhodiumed gold, luminous
Strap :Hand-stitched alligator leather, black
Clasp :Platinum prong buckle
Crystal and back:Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)