A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Moonphase Emil Lange, 231.035, Platinum

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This is one of 150 examples of the 1815 Moonphase Emil Lange reference 231.035* created in platinum. First released in 1999, it marked the 150th year of the birth of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s second son, Emil. Inside the classically beautiful 36mm platinum case is a dial featuring an approximation of the Big Dipper, created with applied white gold plots, as well as a moonphase complication. It is powered by the manual wind calibre L943.1 with beautiful hand finished details.


The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during the 20th century.

In 1990, the brand was resuscitated by Walter, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, and watch industry veteran Günter Blümlein. A Nuremberg native, Blümlein grew up in post-war Germany, and had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on 25th October 1994.