December 22, 2013
One of three new models that Glashutte, Germany-based A. Lange & Söhne will unveil in 2014, the Grand Lange 1 is getting a moon phase indicator. The new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is a refined looking watch cased in pink, yellow or platinum (with matching hand & numeral appliques) that measures a slender 41mm x 9.5mm. The moon phase is integrated with the hour/minute sub-dial for a nice look. The question (decision?) for A. Lange aficionados, however, is this — the 41mm Grand Lange 1 show here, or the 38.5mm Lange 1 Moon Phase with moon display on the seconds subsidiary dial? It is a matter of preference, sure to be highly debated. But for now, get your close-up looks at this new Grand Lange 1 below.
Like the Lange 1 Moon Phase, this moon phase is highly accurate, going 122.6 years without needing any adjustments, thanks to some special mechanical configuration. Specifically, the moon display is connected with the hour-wheel continuum and thus constantly in motion though in increments are so small they cannot be detected by the naked eye. Of course there is a pusher between 7 and 8 o’clock if the watch needs manually set (if it is not kept wound, for example).
The heart of the watch is Lange’s L095.3 caliber, a slim (4.7mm) manual-wind movement with 72 hr power reserve. It is decorated in the typical, exceptional Lange fashion.
The moon phase disc is aesthetically pleasing, though not out of this world by any means. It consists of a gold disc with a blue coating (more embellished descriptions are available at various other online media). The design is slightly different, and the disc itself slightly bigger, than that found on the Lange 1 Moon Phase.
A solid new addition to the Grand Lange 1 family from the masters at A. Lange & Sohne! As noted, this watch will be offered in yellow gold (ref. 139.021), pink gold (ref. 139.032) or platinum (ref. 139.025). Pricing for the pink and yellow gold references will be 38,900 € and the platinum price will be 50,900 €.
words by Kyle Stults