A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On

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A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne’s Little Lange 1 Moon Phase embodies what I love about women’s watches right now. It’s a smaller version of a men’s model – and that’s a good thing, since it generally means a great movement, meticulous finish, and a dignified design, particularly since you’re talking about A. Lange & Söhne. When a company that makes something as magnificent as the Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite makes a ladies’ watch, it isn’t going to be a token girly watch with lots of flowers but no real functions. We also have a new Saxonia ladies watch in 35mm. So, here’s our hands-on look at the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies watches.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On
All images by Carol Besler

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Little Lange 1 was first introduced in 2009, but contains a new movement, the manually-wound Caliber L121.2. It is the perfect size for ladies: 36.8mm wide, and 9.5mm thick, compared to the men’s model, which is 38.5mm wide and 10.2mm thick. The date is a big date, a signature feature on Lange’s men’s pieces. The moon phase is a welcome departure from the traditional blue and gold sky/moon color combination seen on men’s watches since the beginning of time.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The silver background with gold stars creates an alternate tone-on-tone dial composition that is more harmonious than one broken by the bright blue. Add to this a guilloché pattern and you have a balance of decorative and tasteful that many good watch brands don’t get right. Like the men’s, with a Caliber L121.3, the moon phase will need a correction every 122.6 years. You can see the movement through the case back, with Lange’s signature engraved balance cock and ¾ plate made of German silver. It has a 72-hour power reserve, and the dial has a subtle power reserve indicator between 2 and 4 o’clock.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

It comes with a white alligator strap with a pink gold prong buckle. The width is 36.8mm, which is large, but not condescending as, say, a 26mm size would be. Not every woman has a tiny wrist, and even if they do, they don’t necessarily want a small, dainty watch.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Also new for ladies this year from A. Lange & Söhne is the Saxonia Ladies, a new 35mm size watch for the collection. According to Lange, Saxonia stands for “the union of minimalistic design with mechanical fascination,” which sounds about right as a description of this collection. As a classic watch, it has all the right elements: applied gold baton hour markers with a double baton set at 12 o’clock, classical minute track, and slim hands.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

What makes the 35mm perfect as a ladies’ classic watch are the mother-of-pearl dial and the small seconds hand at 6 o’clock (with a stop seconds feature). Adding a date window – especially one of Lange’s massive date windows – would have been too much on this watch. The case is 35mm wide and 7.3mm thick – anything wider might be inelegant as a ladies’ dress watch. As a serious piece of horology for ladies, it’s sized just right considering it’s a time-only piece. The mother of pearl and gold feminize the dial without getting too precious. The white alligator strap with prong buckle wrap the watch up quite nicely.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The movement is the manually-wound Caliber L941.1 which, of course, is the same movement used in the larger 37mm men’s model. Lange’s go-to time-only movement, the L941.1 is decorated in the brand’s usual manner and visible through the case back. It has a Nivarox balance spring and a 45-hour power reserve. Really, nothing new here with movement, it’s what you’d expect from a Lange in a woman’s watch that has a cost of entry that’s significantly less than that of other pieces from the brand itself as well as its competitors.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

In rose gold, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is priced at $39,500, compared to the men’s, at $40,900, which by the way is a great option if you prefer a bigger case and no guilloché. It takes a certain amount of confidence in the product as well the consumer to price the two at essentially the same price point. There are a handful of brands out there that one can imagine being placed into this category and A. Lange & Söhne would certainly be one of them.

The Saxonia collection represents entry level pricing for A. Lange & Söhne, and there are two versions of the Saxonia, one in white gold and the other in pink gold. Both are priced at $16,100. By comparison, the 37mm men’s Saxonia is priced at $14,800, (with the Caliber L093.1) and the 40mm at $24,500. But neither of these have the small seconds or mother-of-pearl dial. Both the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase and Saxonia cater to different sub-markets in the ladies watch market and Lange has presented some truly fantastic pieces. alange-soehne.com

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