As a wannabe watch connoisseur, I have become consumed by the concept of watch design. And more specifically the designs which exemplify the work of the great brands (think ultra-thin Royal Oak and Portugieser). One other watch that features prominently, for me, alongside these two aforementioned creations is the A. Lange & Söhne, Lange 1. It’s an inspired watch. It’s elegant, intriguing and understated in equal measure. When you rarely see one in the wild — all that’s required, is a simple nod. Good on you sir — well done.
It was back in 2002, when the Lange 1 moonphase enriched the manufacture’s most successful watch family with a model featuring the popular and romantic astronomical complication. And now Lange has taken it to the next level with this, the all new Lange 1 moonphase display with a day/night indicator.
It is hard to fathom that in this age of discovery, we still know very little about the origins of the moon. And as a result, we continue to be deeply fascinated by our closest celestial neighbour. I, therefore, believe this is one reason we find the moonphase display to be so intoxicating. Lange’s moonphase complication 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.