JUST IN: A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’Written by Melissa Kong
A. Lange & Söhne aims for the stars.
Like all 25th birthday celebrations, the Lange 1’s milestone anniversary is always gonna be nothing less than epic.
For a start, here’s the big news: A limited edition of the Lange 1 will be presented every month until October 24, 2019—exactly 25 years since Walter Lange and Günther Blümlein relaunched the brand. That’s right. One NEW Lange 1. Every. Month.
The new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’ follows last month’s Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary’. Like the earlier commemorative model, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’ is distinguished by an argenté-coloured dial made of solid silver, with blue hands, indexes and date.
Essentially a plus-sized version of the Lange 1, the Grand Lange 1 was launched five years ago with a diameter of 41mm. The Grand Lange 1 also featured a movement that was proportionately larger. Here, the moonphase was also shifted from the seconds sub-dial to the main dial, taking up more visible real estate.
The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’ features, for the first time, a stunning hand-engraved lunar disc. Six stars and countless dots of varying sizes adorn the solid white gold disc to form a scintillating tableau of the night sky. The decorative work is testament to the artistic expertise of Lange’s watchmakers.
Powering the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘25th Anniversary’ is the Calibre L095.3 – the same movement featured in the 25th Anniversary edition. What’s new is the iconic ‘25’ engraved on the balance cock, along with a blue floral pattern. Also seen on the Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary’, we suspect the rest of the Lange 1 tribute pieces in the coming months will bear the same engraving.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".