Germany’s A. Lange & Söhne, a favorite among knowledgeable watch connoisseurs, has announced it will be joining the eclectic lineup of exhibiting brands at WatchTime New York on October 14-15. (Tickets and details here.) Among the new pieces it will be highlighting at the event is the Saxonia Moon Phase, a model that features the Glashütte-based brand’s 16th in-house moon-phase caliber.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase, which has a 40-mm-diameter case in either white gold (above) or rose gold (below), combines two complications that appeal to fans of Lange watches: an ultra-precise moon-phase indication (in the subdial at 6 o’clock, which also hosts the small seconds) and the brand’s now-famous “outsize date,” directly above it at 12 o’clock. The Lange outsize date — which has been used in Lange watches since the very first modern models, including the Saxonia, debuted in 1994 — is notable for its gold-framed double aperture and its space-saving configuration with two separate display disks for the units and tens.
The moon-phase display is connected to the movement’s hour-wheel continuum and thus remains in constant motion, like the moon itself, so long as the watch is running. The moving moon-phase disk is made of solid gold that has been given an intense blue hue by a patented coating process and is dotted by an astounding 852 laser-cut stars. Owing to its precisely calculated seven-stage transmission, it reproduces the period of new moon to new moon with 99.998 percent accuracy; assuming the watch runs continuously, the moon-phase display will require a manual correction of only one day every 122.6 years.
Lange’s manufacture Caliber L086.5, which powers the timekeeping, date, and moon-phase functions, is visible through the clear sapphire caseback. The self-winding movement carries a 72-hour power reserve in a single mainspring barrel and features a large central rotor with a centrifugal mass made of platinum. As in all Lange movements, hallmarks of traditional Saxon watchmaking abound, including a three-quarter mainplate made of untreated German silver; a decorative, hand-engraved balance cock; a shock resistant screw balance and free-sprung balance spring; and a host of lavish finishes, such as Glashütte striping and perlage on the plates and bridges.
The A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Moon Phase is presented on a hand-stitched alligator strap (brown for the rose-gold model, black for the white-gold), with pronged buckles that match the case material, in either rose or white gold. If you’d like the rare opportunity to see how this watch looks and feel on your own wrist, click here to reserve your spot at WatchTime New York 2016.