Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase

A Lange & Söhne enriches its popular SAXONIA line by unveiling a new model with a moon-phase display and outsize date 

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. These two elements dominate the face of a timepiece focused on optimised technology and aesthetic perfection.
The date indication ranks among the most useful extra functions of a watch and is therefore a common feature. The famous outsize date is a style-defining facet of A. Lange & Söhne watches. The gold-framed split double aperture as well as the space-saving configuration with two separate display segments for the units and tens evolved to become an iconic brand hallmark. It was first showcased in 1994, including the SAXONIA model.
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 is already the eminent Saxon manufactory's 16th movement with this popular astronomical complication. 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 ample 72-hour power reserve is achieved with only one mainspring barrel. A large central rotor with a centrifugal mass in platinum efficiently delivers the winding power.

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 hand finished movement, the SAXONIA MOON PHASE unites all of the quality features that connoisseurs around the world associate with the A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.

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