HIGHLY COMMENDED: Luxury Watches of the Year, A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase


There are beautiful A. Lange & Söhne timepieces without its famous oversized date, but they leave me feeling like something is missing.

Thankfully, while it is the moon phase complication that first draws the eye in this updated Saxonia, the date is displayed with equal pride.

Beyond these two displays, there is little else to distract from the precision and beauty we expect from this fine German watchmaker.


The calibre L086.5 inside the Saxonia is the brand’s 16th movement with a moon phase. That experience allows the maker to promise that the period from new moon to new moon will be measured with an accuracy of 99.998%.

Once set, and assuming that the watch runs continuously, the display only has to be corrected by one day every 122.6 years.

It is as beautiful as it is accurate, thanks to the intense blue tone of its solid-gold lunar disc and the laser cut universe of 852 stars.

The hand-assembled movement doesn’t need manually winding, but will run for up to 72 hours if left alone. The 40mm case is 9.8mm high, and is offered in white or rose gold this year.

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