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SIHH 2016: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase with pricing

by Chester LauJanuary 19, 2016

The latest model of the SAXONIA family stands out with its lucid design and the compelling combination of two popular complications: a precise moon-phase display and the characteristic Lange outsize date. The famous outsize date is a style-defining facet of A. Lange & Söhne watches. It was first showcased in 1994, together with the SAXONIA model.

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The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase which measures 40 mm in diameter and 9.8 mm in height.

In the SAXONIA MOON PHASE, the outsize date is prominently set below the twelve o’clock position. The moon-phase display in the top half of the subsidiary seconds dial at six o’clock constitutes the visual counterbalance. A. Lange & Söhne has accrued considerable experience in the development of precise moon-phase displays. The selfwinding calibre L086.5 inside the SAXONIA MOON PHASE contains a 72-hour power reserve with only one mainspring barrel.

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The selfwinding calibre L086.5 dial side view

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The selfwinding calibre L086.5 caseback side view

The display is connected to the hour-wheel continuum so, just like the moon itself, it is always in motion. It reproduces the period from new moon to new moon with an accuracy of 99.998 per cent, thanks to a precisely calculated seven-stage transmission. Once set, and assuming that the watch runs continuously, the display only has to be corrected by one day every 122.6 years. The intense blue tone of the solid-gold lunar disc is created by a special patented coating process. Then, a laser is used to cut out no fewer than 852 stars.

The intense blue tone of the solid-gold lunar disc is created by a special patented coating process. Then, a laser is used to cut out no fewer than 852 stars.

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The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase is available in white gold and pink gold.

With a classic screw balance, a free-sprung Lange balance spring, a three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and a hand-engraved balance cock in a perfectly handfinished movement, the SAXONIA MOON PHASE unites all of the quality features that connoisseurs around the world associate with the A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.

It will retail for $28,500 Euros.

For more information please visit A. Lange & Söhne

Specifications

Movement Lange manufacture calibre L086.5; self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts 325
Jewels 40
Escapement Lever escapement
Oscillator Shock-resistant screw balance; balance spring manufactured inhouse with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve 72 hours when fully wound
Functions Time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; outsize date; moon-phase display
Operating elements Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, button for quick outsize date corrections, recessed push piece for correcting the moon-phase display
Case dimensions Diameter: 40.0 millimetres; height: 9.8 millimetres
Movement dimensions Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 5.2 millimetres
Crystal and back Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
References 384.026 384.032
Case White gold Pink gold
Dial Solid silver, argenté Solid silver, argenté
Hands Rhodiumed gold Pink gold
Strap Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, black Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, red brown
Buckle White-gold prong buckle Pink-gold prong buckle
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