A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase

Regular price
$27,900
Regular price
Sale price
$27,900
REF 384.029
Manual
40 MM
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SKU AS08558
Article Number 40991254
ref 384.029
case size 40 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material White Gold
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed black alligator leather strap with with signed white gold pin buckle. Also includes service box.
overall condition The case is in fantastic condition showing only light signs of wear from gentle use. Satin black dial with applied white gold indices and subsidiary seconds register is in as-new condition with matching ‘lance’ handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.
REF 384.029
Manual
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08558
Article Number 40991254
ref 384.029
case size 40 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material White Gold
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed black alligator leather strap with with signed white gold pin buckle. Also includes service box.
overall condition The case is in fantastic condition showing only light signs of wear from gentle use. Satin black dial with applied white gold indices and subsidiary seconds register is in as-new condition with matching ‘lance’ handset. Signed crown. Sapphire exhibition caseback.

Why We Love it

Where does one turn when the typical, minimalist dress watch fails to inspire? To A. Lange & Söhne, of course. 

The Glashütte-based manufacture is world-famous for its absurdly beautiful, complicated timepieces, but their simpler watches are similarly the pinnacle of elegance. This Saxonia Moon Phase, with its contemporarily sized case, distinctly Saxon, oversized date complication, and moon phase, sits somewhere in the middle. 

Dating to circa the late 2010s, this piece features a 40mm white gold case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, and a smooth polished white gold bezel. Inside, it has a satin black dial with applied white gold indices, a beautiful moon phase/subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock with a matching white gold 'lance' handset, and an 'outsize' date below the 12 o'clock position - controlled via a pusher at 10 o’clock — a holdover from the simply unbeatable Lange 1, which debuted in 1994. 

This piece comes fitted to a signed black alligator strap with a matching signed white gold signed pin buckle, and is powered by Lange's Calibre L086.5 manual winding movement — which can thankfully easily be viewed via the exhibition case back.

This Saxonia is the type of watch that — at least aesthetically — pairs well with everything from a t-shirt to a tuxedo. (Though, to be fair, we might opt for something less precious while wearing a t-shirt!)

There’s nothing wrong with a classic dress watch from a member of the “Holy Trinity.” But for a modern stunner like this, the Saxonia is virtually unbeatable.

Brand Story

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For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase

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$27,900
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