As I have mentioned before, luxury watches for women tend to lag a bit behind those for men. Watchmakers love making elaborate timepieces, but for some reason, they seem to think that only men want to buy them.
So men get the big watches with the complications, and women are supposed to be satisfied with gold and gemstones. Don’t get me wrong; I like gemstones and gold as much as anyone.
But I also like a fine watch, and I think complications are interesting, too.
A. Lange & Söhne has been paying attention, and their Little Lange 1 Moon Phase (what a name!) offers many of the same features that are in the men’s model, albeit in a somewhat smaller form factor and at a somewhat (not much) lower price.
The A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase has an inset dial to indicate the time, with four indices in Roman numerals to indicate the time.
It also has a date display, and you might confuse the date for the time, because this display is big. The numerals on the date display are more than twice the size of the Roman numerals to indicate the time.
There’s also a power reserve indicator, and that power reserve is said to be good for 72 hours. That’s pretty respectable, and it means that you don’t have to wear the watch every day, though you may very well want to.
Finally, there is the moonphasedisplay, which is accompanied by a second hand. The moonphase isn’t perfect; according to the company, you will have to adjust it roughly ever 122 years. Be sure to mark your calendar for that.
The watch comes in rose gold, with, of course, sapphire crystal on both the front and the back of the 36.8 mm case. The watch is only 9.5 mm thick, so it won’t feel too large on your wrist.
While 36.8 mm isn’t exactly huge, it’s fairly large for a women’s watch. Then again, there’s no rule that says that all watches for women must be dainty. Besides, complications take up space. There’s no getting around that. If you want a super-small watch, you’re going to have to accept the fact that it isn’t going to have room for power reserve indicators or moonphase displays.
If you want the bigger features, you’re going to have to accept a bigger watch. This doesn’t seem to be a problem, as many watchmakers are now producing larger watches even in their lines for women. More people seem to enjoy the oversized trend, though this, like all trends, will likely change in the next few years.
I mentioned that the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase was less expensive than the men’s model. That’s true, though only slightly so. The men’s model has a list price of $40,900. The ladies’ model has a list price of $39,500.
Not much of a difference, but then again, women have been complaining for years that the watches being made for them were not the equal of those being made for men. I guess if we want equality, we’re going to have to accept that across the board, including when it comes to price.
You can learn more about the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase at their Website.