First unveiled in 2009, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is the smaller sibling of the Lange 1 Moon Phase. Previously available with a guilloché dial, as well as special anniversary models, it now finds itself given a rather suitable treatment – Aventurine.
Yes it’s a dark blue gold flux background sprinkled with copper particles that is already familiar from the Saxonia Thin Copper Black and the original Copper Blue before it, the latter being one of the most elegant watches I saw at that year’s fair. At the time I commented that it reminded me of a night sky, and so it comes to pass. This is the combination that makes complete sense.
Functionally, it’s familiar – the time with a subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, the Lange outsize date, and a moon phase. The hands are rhodium-treated gold.
The solid silver dial is coated with a layer of aventurine glass into which there are embedded flecks of copper oxide crystals to give it that shimmering effect. The moon disc is white gold and decorated with 628 stars.
The moon phase can be adjusted via the corrector between 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock. The big date’s corrector is between 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock.
If we look at the time dial, the starry sky theme is reinforced, with two differently sized sets of stars acting as hour markers between the Roman numerals. The stars for 1, 4, 7, and 10 o’clock are small, and the ones for 2, 5, 8, and 11 o’clock, larger. If there is a single thing I would change on this dial it would be this, to just one (small) size for all of them. As is the case for the hands, the applied Roman numerals and star markers are rhodium-treated gold.
Visible through the open case back is the manually-wound Calibre L121.2 with a three-quarter plate in untreated German silver decorated in Glashütte ribbing, the famed Lange hand-engraved balance cock, and the gold chatons with blue steeled screws. Beating at 21,600 VPH, it has a power reserve of 72 hours.
The dimensions of 36.8mm by 10mm are within that broad comfort zone for a lot of people. The case is white gold either without without a bezel set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Coming on dark blue leather straps with white gold buckles, the Ref. 182.086 (without the diamonds) has an RRP of EUR 42,800 and the Ref. 182.886 and RRP of EUR 53,900.
[Photo credit: A. Lange & Söhne]