Luxury timepieces with a moon phase indicator are considered to be some of the classiest, most poetic and exquisite watches around. Every watch aficionado adores the idea of having its very own moon phase watch. This is the most sophisticated complication that modern horology has to offer. The A.Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 is one of the most iconic examples of perfectly designed Moon phase watch. The constellation of stars, the splashes of blue and the Moon’s fascinating presence enhances the unique and original charm of this remarkable timepiece.
Beginning with the 1990s, A. Lange & Söhne has been the luxury brand that was focused on designing some of the most outstanding moon phase watches and so far it has launched twelve timepieces that offer this complication. Every single one of them is special and remarkably crafted, but the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase offers a unique and charming aesthetic and functional novelty. The difference between this model and its previous versions is that it isn’t just a re-designed watch, but a completely re-engineered one.
Currently, the Lange 1 is one of the most famous and representative traditional yet intricate timepieces designed for the modern man. The particularity of its design consists of the off center dial, the oversized date window, the beautiful triangular layout that connects the center of all hands to the middle of the date window. This dial is outstanding because it is both simple and complex, revealing an understated elegance that fascinates. The Moon Phase feature is integrated into the dial design in a very natural and magnificent way, thus resulting one of the most stylishly crafted moon complication timepiece on the market.
The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase comes only with a white dial that matches gorgeously the blue moon phase dial that is located at the 9 o’clock position. This small counter also has two small hands and roman numerals as hour indicators for 3, 6, 9 and 12. At the 1 o’clock position on the main dial there is a two digits split date window, at the 3 o’clock there are a hand and indexes that indicate the power reserve and at 5 o’clock on the main dial there is a small dial that shows the seconds.
The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is available in two color combinations. The first one is the white dial with silver hands and indexes, silver case and black leather band. This one is ideal for those men who like modern complications with an understated elegance and traditional flair. The second version has a white dial with gold hands and indexes, gold case and brown leather band. This one is attractive for those who want to impress with a more luxurious feel, but also classical feel.
The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is equipped with a Grand Lange 1 Moon phase in house movement that is actually a hand wound L095.3 mechanism which features a 3 days power reserve. If by any chance the watch runs out of power, you simply re-adjust the moon phase by pushing the button on the side of the case, positioned between the 7 and 8 o’clock position.
This A. Lange & Söhne watch is one of the few luxury timepieces on the market that target those watch collectors who are fond of astronomical complications. Most of the watches designed and launched during the last years focus on intricate tourbillons, innovative escapements, interesting materials and state of the art technical solutions for extreme accuracy.
The blue color of the moon phase small dial is particularly unique. This shade of blue is obtained thorough a coating process that has been developed and patented by Lange & Söhne especially for creating an original look for the moon disc on the Grand Lange 1. This is actually the ultimate blue color for the galaxy’s miniature image.
The case of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon phase measures 41 mm in diameter and a 9.5 mm thickness. It is considered a large size timepiece with a considerably robust and bulky look. It is the kind of watch that looks good both on the wrist of a traditional and mature man as well as on the wrist on a modern and elegant young watch enthusiast. In essence, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is a beautiful and sophisticated timepiece that offers some innovative developments and technical functions.