Black, the hallmark symbol of refinement, sophistication and elegance lends its deep, dark splendour to the newest variant of A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia Moonphase, one of the German brand’s five black-dialed beauties unveiled this year.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase
The moonphase made an appearance in Lange’s Saxonia line of watches in 2016, where it featured a traditional silvered dial with a gold and blue moonphase indicator at 6 o’clock. The new black-dialed Saxonia Moonphase which made its debut at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in January this year, is technically identical to the original timepiece from 2016, but the new dial colour makes it seem like a completely different (and if possible, even more striking) creature.
If you really think about it, if you combine the mystery and magnificence of a black dial with the whimsical prettiness of a moon phase complication, it’s hard to see how it can ever go wrong!
Set in a 40mm white or warm pink gold case, the Saxonia Moon Phase displays Lange’s patented dual date window at 12 o’clock and the same, elegantly simple moonphase indicator with a gold moon and 852 individually placed tiny stars. In a surprising touch, the date display shows white numerals on a black background which blends beautifully with the black dial. In contrast to the more traditional white date window with black numerals, this adds a subtle sophistication to an already breathtaking watch.
The hands and applied stick indexes of the Saxonia Moon Phase match the metal of the case and as with the original Saxonia Moonphase, this black-dialed beauty also has a running seconds hand along with the moon phase indicator. As is the norm with all things Lange, the moon phase has achieved the highest levels of precision, remaining accurate for 122.6 years. (We would gladly keep this watch on the wrist for that long just to make sure!)
Without getting too technical, we would be remiss if we made no mention of Lange’s mechanically brilliant in-house movement that powers the Saxonia Moonphase. The L086.5 automatic movement is a work of art in itself, and provides approximately 72 hours of power-reserve to the watch as well. The hand-engraving and exceptional finishing treatments that we have come to expect from Lange are evident, making the black-dialed Saxonia Moonphase a true horological masterpiece.
In the world of fine watchmaking, A. Lange & Söhne is a veritable force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating timepieces that are the stuff of dreams and wishlists everywhere. We at HOT are unabashedly fans of this maison that literally rose from the ashes to become the powerhouse of design, technology, mechanics and aesthetics that it is today.
The black-dialed Saxonia Moonphase is a timelessly classic watch, whether you prefer the white gold, or pink gold variant, although we are personally a little partial towards the latter, perhaps with a warmer brown strap instead of the black thou. Despite the 40mm case size, the watch is comfortable even on a smaller wrist, makeing the perfect statement of quiet finesse as a dress watch, or even for every day.
HOT Verdict: Call us old-fashioned but this black-dialed beauty has stolen our heart!