Supermoon in May
The new LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE from A. Lange & Söhne is a stylish companion to this natural spectacle
It’s especially worth glancing towards the night sky on 26 May 2021 – that’s when the full moon will appear especially big and bright as a supermoon. That night, the full moon will also appear on the shimmering, dark-blue, firmament-like dial of the LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE.
The moon is our constant celestial companion. It has an elliptical orbit around the earth, sometimes closer to us, sometimes further away. When it is closest to the earth, it appears noticeably big and bright – that’s when we call it a supermoon. This phenomenon will be observable again on 26 May. The distance between the earth and the full moon will still be 357,460 kilometres, but it will look close enough to touch. And it’s not an optical illusion. According to NASA, a supermoon is up to 14 percent bigger and shines up to 30 percent brighter than a full moon at the most distant point of its orbit from earth. In some parts of the world, another attraction will join the supermoon: in Australia and parts of South East Asia and America, the supermoon will be the main protagonist in a total lunar eclipse that night.
The LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE is recommended as a stylish accessory for the occasion. The sparkling copper particles of the shimmering, dark-blue gold-flux-coated solid-silver dial are reminiscent of the starry night sky. Below the characteristic Lange outsize date, a white-gold moon follows its precisely calculated orbit. The astronomical complication tracks the lunar cycle so precisely that it only needs to be corrected by a day after 122.6 years.
Based on the movement of the LANGE 1, the L121.2 calibre of the watch recently presented at Watches and Wonders 2021 has a twin mainspring barrel and a balance spring manufactured in-house. The manually wound movement, meticulously decorated, and twice assembled by hand is, in a sense, the counterpart to the shimmering dial. The next supermoon will surely be an unforgettable event with this decorative masterpiece on your wrist.