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It is unlikely that Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, who were at the origins of the revival of the name A. Lange & Söhne in 1990, could have assumed that a few decades later the watches created under the sign of this German brand would be honored to have the most famous personalities in this field in their collection: offering a classic style in combination with the quality and excellent finishing of the German watch school, the Saxon brand has gained a prominent place on the Olympus of high watchmaking.
It is gratifying that the watches from the Lange 1 collection became one of the four premiere models of the company presented in 1994, and it is especially pleasant that the Lange 1 Moon Phase, which visited our editorial office, are a characteristic representative of this line, offering a proprietary asymmetric dial design in combination with indicators of the "big date" and lunar phases – the most popular complications in the current catalog of A. Lange & Söhne.
The product is made in a case of 18-carat white gold with a diameter of 38.5 mm and, according to this indicator, is identical to the base model Lange 1: the centimeter–high round case is manufactured at the specialized factory located next to the manufactory, Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte or SUG, a relatively new supplier of watch cases for the brand, which still prefers to work with Swiss-made constructs.
The white gold of the case sets off the black dial, which is based on a plate made of solid silver: the surface of the dial is smooth except for the locations of markings and overhead hour markers made of gold, where a thin circular groove plays well.
The four arrow indicators (hours-minutes, a small second and a power reserve at 3 o'clock) are based on rhodium-plated gold hands and, despite the costume orientation of the model, three of them use phosphor filling, which in combination with the corresponding marking of the dial allows you to inquire about the clock readings in the dark.
The corporate index of the "big date" is decorated under a gold overlay frame with a separator – in this form it resembles a 5-minute digital clock located above the proscenium of the Dresden Semperopera, which served as a source of inspiration when creating a complication, a patent for which was obtained in 1992.
To quickly adjust the date, a low pusher is designed, placed at the "10 o'clock" position on the side of the case – thanks to it, elegant black numbers on snow-white disks change each other's readings in leaps.
Another highlight of the watch – the moon phase indicator, combined with a small second dial – is an elegant solution of two golden circles (only one of them is visible in the aperture) located above the rotary disk "day / night", the pure blue background of which symbolizes day, and the half decorated with 383 stars – night.
The non-standard layout of the dial, attention to detail, branded complications, as well as the German engineering that inspires respect, make this watch an excellent and expensive purchase. And the feeling that every euro spent in this case is backed up by specific aesthetic or technical advantages does not leave.