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 !