Oh I quite agree. I just somehow find the Lange 1, in its simplest form, so deliberately asymmetric it feels...contrived.
There are others I like a lot that have struggled to accommodate an odd range of subdial sizes and shapes, for instance, that have a beautiful asymmetric jumble to them. Some that spring to mind are the Reverso Septantieme above (versus the symmetry of the calendar that follows), the Breguet Classique Complication perpetual calendar, and another JLC that I find delightfully lop-sided and simple - the Master Home Time. I'm sure there are hundreds, but those are just a couple that I've seen and been drawn too in recent weeks.
My ambition now is to be rich enough to hire Stitchy the Watch Pimp, to find me pretty things. In the mean time, I'm enjoying the vicarious living in this thread every day of the week!
I think the original Lange 1 while beautiful can be a bit stark...so I can see that you might find it too deliberate or contrived. I think some added color really does quite a bit for a Lange 1. My favorite version is the Lange 1 moonphase. The moonphase just completes that watch for me, and I think it has something to do with the addition of some color to the dial.
The Reverso Septantiem (and its more common sibling the manual wind Reverso Sun/Moon) and the Master Home Time have been some of my favorite offerings from JLC. There is hope for you yet...
No doubt, Stitchy will have you covered when you are ready to pull the trigger on something special !