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The Lange 1 Moon Phase watch delights with innovative aspects

An unusual combination of indicators results in a highly original moonphase.

Over the years, the moonphase complication has got more accurate and/or more beautiful, but novel approaches to the lunar disc have been few and far between. So we’re excited to see A. Lange & Sohne step up to the challenge with its new Lange 1 Moon Phase.

A NOTCH ABOVE A. Lange & Sohne’s latest moonphase watch includes a 24-hour sky disc.

On the surface, it looks like nothing much has changed, save for a slightly more starry moon disc. That’s where you’d be wrong, for the brand new Calibre L 121.3, based on the 2015 update to the Lange 1, has a surprising innovation: two discs hiding in one window. The disc carrying the moon continues to follow its phases throughout the month, but there is a 24-hour sky disc below it that rotates independently as well. This means you will finally be able to view a moon against a brighter sky in the earlier hours of the day, thanks to the varying shades of blue on the disc.

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This manually wound movement marks the watchmaker’s 20th calibre with a moonphase, and includes 47 jewels and eight gold chatons that contribute to its total of 438 parts. It has a power reserve of 72 hours, and is available in white gold, pink gold or platinum. If you want more in-depth views of this watch (and many others), follow the watchmaker’s newly launched Instagram account at @alangesoehne.