Shoot For The Moon With A. Lange & Söhne's Newest Offerings

15 May 2019
Watches, A LANGE & SOHNE
A. Lange & Söhne
The Datograph Perpetual Calendar is a watch that handles lunar movements in style. Space cowboys need not apply

All eyes in the Middle East will be fixed on the sky this month, fervently searching out the crescent moon that signals the beginning of Ramadan. But until that point, the only lunar phase you should be interested in is on this, the Datograph Perpetual Calendar by A. Lange & Söhne.

Humankind has always been obsessed by its natural satellite. Looking at it, landing on it, travelling to the dark side of it. So it makes sense that a moon phase complication would be one of the earliest ever invented by watchmakers. In fact, if you really want to get into it, the moon phase actually pre-dates the clock – standalone devices being used to predict astronomical events.

Now, however, it’s seen as a test of craftsmanship, an unofficial benchmark for horological showboating. We may be watching too much of the NBA Playoffs, but let’s put it this way: a millimetre-accurate moon phase perpetual calendar is the equivalent of a self alley-oop dunk – and this model is as close as you’ll find to a Lebron James staredown.

Limited to 100 pieces, it’s inspired by the 2016 Datograph, has a 50-hour power reserve, a sapphire caseback and a coordinated adjustment system – just press the pusher at 10 and if the watch has stopped, it’ll adjust all perpetual calendar displays in sequence.

Aside from the moon phase, it’s a flyback chronograph, so you don’t have to stop it from running to reset the seconds hand when measuring time. It’s a complication that harks back to aviation, when flight crews would use maps to navigate and react instantly to changing events. A flyback did this by virtue of a pusher that handles three functions in one – stop, reset, start. So yeah, you’ll have pilot-grade gear on your wrist.

Haute horology game not exactly on-point? Well, you know what you think about this watch by the way that it makes you feel. The 41mm white gold case, the pink gold dial, the reassuring heft when you fasten it. This is the type of watch you should wear when signing a five-album record deal or saying something like, “General, let’s bring our boys home”. It’s the smell of rich mahogany and exemplary fatherhood.

Whether your month is dictated by the phases of the moon or not, this is the type of wristwatch that takes your overall style into orbit. And that goes for whichever part of space and time you’re in.

A. Lange & Söhne, price on request.