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A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch Watch Releases

So far, we’ve seen a run on 25th anniversary watches launched this year by A. Lange & Söhne. The models that have debuted so far are the Lange 1, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, the Little Lange 1, the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, Lange 1 Time Zone, the Lange 1 Moon Phase, the Grand Lange 1, the Lange 1 Daymatic, and now this piece, the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase (reference 182.066).

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch Watch Releases

If the focal point of the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is intended to be the moon phase disc itself, the Richemont-owned, Glashütte-based manufacture has made sure it holds up under scrutiny. The lunar disc is hand-engraved from white gold, distinguishing this limited series of 25 pieces from the core-collection version.

This release is the ninth of 10 planned releases commemorating the quarter-centenary of the Lange 1, which debuted on October 24th, 1994. Since then, A. Lange & Söhne has gone through many changes as a company but has remained a leading light in German watchmaking, and has helped immeasurably to restore the once-faded reputation of Glashütte.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase limited edition joins a range that was first released in 2017. As with the other Little Lange 1 Moon Phase models, it is powered by caliber L121.2. This movement, made from untreated German silver, is exquisitely hand-finished using traditional decorative techniques. Hand engraving adorns the balance cock, while blued screws and high-polish anglage enliven the bridges.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch Watch Releases

The L121.2 has a 21,600vph operating frequency. Thanks to this lower train count and the fact this watch is powered by not one, but two mainsprings, the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase need only be wound once every three days. And if you keep this movement running, it will continue to record the phase of the moon accurately to within one day every 122.6 years.

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A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Watch Watch Releases

Dial-side, this watch is an ice-cool treat. The 36.8mm white gold housing encases a solid silver, argenté-colored dial. Heat-blued steel hands and pad-printed dial decoration continue an almost entirely bi-chromatic theme, which is only interrupted by the twin red triangles just before 4 o’clock. As part of the UP/DOWN power-reserve indicator, those red triangles are not only functional but a very welcome splash of color to an otherwise staid affair.

Even more impressive than the stylish diminutive diameter of this piece is its thickness. At just 9.5mm tall, the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase limited edition is as comfortable as it is elegant, and it is suitable for both men and women. The latest model in the German heavyweight’s limited-edition series will retail for $43,500. Learn more about German watchmaking at alange-soehne.com.

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  • all74

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Well done.

  • Not my favorite kind of watches, but we are certainly dealing with high watchmaking.
    Super classic, excellently crafted like all A. Lange & Söhne.

  • Pete L

    stunning.

  • SuperStrapper

    Not the Lange for me, but you won’t catch me insulting it by any stretch. Lange movements make me want to write a thesis on chaton polishing and implementation. They’re always just so damn stunning.

  • Is that a plastic cap on the escapement (?) jewel?

    • Sheez Gagoo

      No, a very sophisticated chaton for a stone with hole and a flat stone ror less friction. A similar system can be found on Seikos 6r35. That’s why I so impressed.

      • Thank you for the clarification. However, since the escapement pinion rests in the jewel, how does a stone chaton around the ruby bearing reduce friction?

        • Sheez Gagoo

          As you can see on the pics of the bearing of a balancewheel, the balancewheel is not hold by the stone with the hole, but by the flat stone. So just a very little part is in contact with the bearing. This kind of bearing is often used in better movements to hold the escapment wheel or the anchor.
          http://www.watches-lexic.ch/pages/fr/tec/exp3.htm

  • IanE

    I’m a great fan of ALS (who isn’t) and even have an 1815 up/down. My one regret about most of their watches is that 3/4 plate – talk about hiding, light and bushels!

    • Berndt Norten

      It’s like covering up Victorian piano legs

  • NaJo

    Stunning but out of my buying power!

  • Swiss_Cheese

    Bit too Liberace for my taste, but impressive nonetheless. As everyone has mentioned the 3/4 plate (though at this stage it’s more of a 11/12 plate) is a bit of a disappointment. I think I’ll continue saving for a certain black dial 1815 Chronograph, that is the metaphorical car-poster-on-the-wall watch…

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