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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary: The 5 Celebratory Limited Edition Watches Introduced To Date In 2019 | Quill & Pad

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary: The 5 Celebratory Limited Edition Watches Introduced To Date In 2019 | Quill & Pad

When the Lange 1 was launched on October 24, 1994 it sent a shockwave through the watch business. Not just had quite possibly the most distinguished historical brands been resuscitated after an almost 45-year involuntary break (quit worrying about all it took to get to that resuscitation), yet the sheer audacity of the off kilter displays of the flagship model – which had practically no historical priority for A. Lange & Söhne and was then an uncommon watch plan – was breathtaking.

The offbeat dial configuration allowed for a harmonious visual balance of the double cross telling subdials, while the force save hand and logo were punctuated by the large date window in a surprisingly balanced way. The Lange 1 was – and remains – superbly unique.

About that date display: this was the cutting edge era’s first large date (A. Lange & Söhne calls it the “outsize” date), and it set off the pattern for large dates that actually runs solid 25 years later. Since the Lange 1, practically every major brand has created or “obtained” their own large date displays, which eventually drove development specialist Dubois Dépraz to create modules for common consumption.

In terms of innovation, it is hard to beat the Lange 1 for quality; quality is the name of Lange’s game, and this starts with the untreated German silver plates and scaffolds and proceeds with each development being assembled twice before it’s encased. And the quality doesn’t end there.

The Lange 1 has become the spirit of A. Lange & Söhne, addressing all that is extraordinary about perhaps the most exceptional brands within recent memory. And all that in a truly wearable, somewhat shockingly understated watch.

Celebrating 25 years of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

In January 2019, A. Lange & Söhne commenced a progression of celebratory special editions to pay tribute to the quarter-century anniversary of its flagship watch – one of the watch business’ actual icons.

An extra-large Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition gracing the A. Lange & Söhne stand at the 2019 SIHH

I believe that this present watch’s career would have made re-authors Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein glad, as its popularity 25 years after the team transformed the classic German brand (Blümlein sadly passed away in 2001, and Walter Lange as of late in 2017 ) gives no indications of waning.

The models arising in commemoration of the anniversary all share the same unbelievable silver-and-blue shading plan, despite the fact that they are all not straight-up Lange 1 models: the item managers have reached across the whole palette of Lange 1 variations for these celebration models.

Let’s take a glance at the five that have up to this point surfaced in the principal half of 2019.

Lange 1 Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

The dedication of the brand’s planners to keeping the feel accurate however bowing them a little allowed a brand-new, beautiful variant of the original Lange 1 to come to the front with another silver-and-blue shading plan – making this the most “extraordinary” Lange 1 to date.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

Let’s start with this current watch’s visage, where the dial markers, numerals, and text are pad-imprinted at the top of the hour and-moment subdial, making for a stark distinction from the applied numerals we usually find in that position. This detail makes the special-edition watch feel a touch more present day, especially in combination with the dark blue hue.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition on the wrist

This blue matches the blued steel hands nearly impeccably, in any event, reaching out to the large date’s blue numerals. The solitary other tone on this dial comes from two small red triangles on the force save indicator educating the wearer when the manually wound watch’s energy is coming up short and needs winding.

The other major change from the original is that the new dial features balance, marginally recessed subdials somewhat taking after other Lange 1 variations that have featured guilloche, however this sort of break is remarkable to this model.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

The final change from the original is the location of the “Made in Germany” predicate, which has moved from underneath the main dial to inside the subdial for quite a long time – a move probably necessitated by the addition of the breaks, which may have encroached on the area in which the words were already printed.

The development controlling this beauty is the updated Lange 1 Caliber L121.1 initially seen in 2015 with twin spring barrels conveying 72 hours of force save (and a neat feature that sees the recycled halting at “60” when it runs out of energy). Its vast three-quarter plate with eight screw-mounted gold chatons are done to masterful levels.

In the Lange 1 25th Anniversary , the balance cockerel features a special engraving incorporating the shape of the large date display showing the number 25. This number fills dual needs: to celebrate 25 years since the Lange 1 launch and to think back October 24, the date it was acquainted with people in general in 1994. The large banners decorating the room at the Dresden Castle and the press photographs showed the watch with the number 25 in the date display, cunningly anticipating photographs of the watch being appeared in the newspaper the following day.

On top of that, the engraving is loaded up with the same profound shade of blue from the dial, proceeding with the “blue” theme.

This engraving change is a fascinating way to add a special touch to the development marking it as part of the anniversary edition. Like A. Lange & Söhne itself, it is understated and classy.

Back of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

The Lange 1 25th Anniversary edition also features a secondary pivoted case back that opens to uncover the standard case back’s sapphire crystal (and the breathtaking perspective through it). This secondary case back – also called an official’s case back – features a detailed engraving of the A. Lange & Söhne headquarters dating back to 1873, the names of prime supporters Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, and the words “25 Years Lange 1” in German (“25 Jahre Lange 1”).

Engraved officer’s case back of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

I love that Lange and Blümlein’s names are engraved into this watch. It epitomizes for me the extremely personal way that A. Lange & Söhne conducts its business, here specifically by guaranteeing we always remember its hard-earned past.

For more information, please visit alange-soehne.com/en/stories/lange1-25th-anniversary .

Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition Reference 191.066

Case: 38.5 x 10.7 mm, white gold, official’s case back

Dial: strong silver, blued steel hands

Development: manual winding Caliber L121.1, untreated German silver plates and scaffolds, hand-engraved balance rooster, 368 development components, twin spring barrels for 72 hours of force save, free-sprung balance,  3 Hz/21,600 vph, swan-neck fine adjustment

Capacities: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; power hold, instantaneously hopping large date

Limitation: 250 pieces

Cost: €43,700/$47,900

Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase Reference 139.066

February 2019 talented gatherers with the following special edition Lange 1 watch: a twenty-fifth-anniversary variation of the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase .

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase Reference 139.066

Originally launched in 2014 in this size (2.5 mm larger than its archetype, the Lange 1 Moon Phase), the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase’s center has always been the hand-painted moon plate. And this larger-sized case sees the moon phase indication placed inside the main time dial for immediate viewing.

Moon phase indicator of the anniversary A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase Reference 139.066

And in sharp contrast to the 2014 original, whose gold moon phase circle was coated utilizing a patented cycle that created a clear, brilliant blue and 300 laser-cut stars of varying sizes, this adaptation is kept monochrome in hand-engraved white gold to emphasize the blue accents of the anniversary design.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 25th Anniversary Reference 139.066

While not immediately evident because of its larger dial, the large date size has been expanded by four percent as well. These components give the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase’s dial an overall calm that is underscored by the attractive blue components of the anniversary edition.

For more information, please visit alange-soehne.com/en/watches/grand-lange-1-moon-phase/grand-lange-1-moonphase-25th-anniversary .

Quick Facts Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase Reference 139.066

Case: 41 x 9.4 mm, white gold

Dial: strong silver, blued steel hands, hand-engraved white gold moon plate

Development: manual winding Caliber L095.3, untreated German silver plates and extensions, hand-engraved balance chicken, 446 development components, twin spring barrels for 72 hours of force hold, free-sprung balance,  3 Hz/21,600 vph, swan-neck fine adjustment

Capacities: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; power hold, instantaneously hopping large date, moon phase

Limitation: 25 pieces

Cost: $51,500/€45,800

Little Lange 1 Reference 181.066

At 36.8 mm, the Little Lange 1 – first imagined for the female wrist in 1998 of every a case 1.7 mm smaller than the classic Lange 1 – gets the anniversary treatment here with a white gold case, strong silver dial, and blue tone accents.

A. Lange & Söhne’s Little Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition

There is almost no optical distinction between this anniversary presentation of March 2019 and that of the regular-sized Lange 1 in January 2019. However, there are technical contrasts not immediately apparent –, for example, the recessed corrector for setting the date instead of the classic Lange 1’s push piece.

A close glance at the large date and force save indicator of the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Reference 181.066

Despite its somewhat smaller case size, as of 2018 the Little Lange 1 has regardless been fueled by Caliber L121.1 found in the primary anniversary piece depicted above. Aside from the size, the main distinction is the absence of the official’s case back, which would have made this watch disproportionately thick.

A. Lange & Söhne’s Little Lange 1 25th Anniversary Edition

For more information, please visit alange-soehne.com/en/watches/little-lange-1/little-lange-1-25th-anniversary .

Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Reference 181.066

Case: 36.8 x 9.5 mm, white gold

Dial: strong silver, blued steel hands

Development: manual winding Caliber L121.1, untreated German silver plates and scaffolds, hand-engraved balance cockerel, 446 development components, twin spring barrels for 72 hours of force hold, free-sprung balance, 3 Hz/21,600 vph, swan-neck fine adjustment

Capacities: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; power hold, instantaneously hopping large date

Limitation: 25 pieces

$37,600/€35,500

Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Reference 720.066

April’s anniversary piece, the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, is based on a watch that captured everyone’s attention at the 2012 SIHH. “This is the most complicated Lange 1 to date,” technical chief Anthony de Haas said to me as he presented the asymmetrical beauty at that time.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Reference 720.066

The asymmetrical dial arrangement of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, which has become a grail watch for many, dedicated adherents, implies that this piece is automatic as the manually twisted model’s displays are all on the inverse sides.

View through the display back of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Reference 720.066

Caliber L082.1 comprises an astounding 624 individual components, 68 of which are gems, including a diamond endstone for the tourbillon. This tourbillon style, first presented in the Cabaret line in 2008, has a tourbillon that “hacks” (stops) when the crown is pulled out for high-accuracy time setting.

The perpetual calendar’s novel plan incorporates a rotating peripheral month ring, which keeps the dial clean, a typical characteristic of the Lange 1 family. All of the calendar displays, including the characteristic large date, advance simultaneously and instantaneously, and the moon phase is accurate to an entire day for 122 years, similar to that of the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase.

Dial of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar: note the leap year window with red numeral at 6 o’clock

To keep the respectability of the Lange 1 dial style intact, Lange fashioners decided to accomplish something that hardly any other brand in the business aside from Patek Philippe does on a regular basis: they have kept the tourbillon covered up underneath the dial. Just noticeable from the front by the attentive word “tourbillon” printed inside the hour-and-moment subdial, the tornado escapement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back at the 6 o’clock position.

A close gander at the tourbillon regulator of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Reference 720.066

The development is also equipped with A. Lange & Söhne’s own in-house balance spring and one single spring barrel instead of the two that the original Lange 1 is equipped with.

This 41.9 mm anniversary watch, usually available in limitless in pink gold or platinum cases ( the latter as of 2016 as you can see here ), comes in the white gold case with blue accents on the front and back that all of the anniversary pieces display.

For more information, please visit alange-soehne.com/en/watches/lange-1-tourbillon-perpetual-calendar/lange-1-tourbillon-perpetual-calendar-25th .

Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Reference 720.066

Case: 41.9 x 12.2 mm, white gold

Development: automatic Lange Caliber L082.1 with free-sprung balance inside a one-minute hacking tourbillon; 3 Hz recurrence/21,600 vph; 50-hour power hold, diamond endstone

Capacities: hours, minutes, seconds; perpetual calendar with large date, weekday, month, leap year, and moon phase accurate to 122 years

Limitation: 25 watches

Cost: $335,800/€321,100

Lange 1 Time Zone Reference 116.066

May’s showers didn’t bring us roses, yet skilled us with a ultra-cool variant of another classic by A. Lange & Söhne: the anniversary edition of the Lange 1 Time Zone .

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Reference 116.066

At the hour of its presentation in 2005, the practical Lange 1 Time Zone was an achievement in the youthful history of the reawakened company. The added world time work is a practical complication – A. Lange & Söhne doesn’t have it any other way.

Time zones were established during the International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. in 1884, and A. Lange & Söhne’s watchmakers were the first to manufacture pocket watches with two separately adjustable time displays that same year. Back then, however, without a doubt, not many individuals needed such a complication, and unfortunately a couple of these watches are around today. Nonetheless, over 100 years later and with fast international travel, the subsequent time region complication is more valuable than ever.

The Grand Lange 1 case (41.9 mm instead of 38.5 mm) was picked to accommodate the extra displays, gears, and reference city ring. The dial’s visuals hardly appear to be changed outside of the added reference city ring; it completely retains the beauty of the original Lange 1.

Dial details incorporating second time region with day/night indication of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone

The main time region – including interestingly an extremely small however harmonious subsidiary seconds dial – is displayed in the larger off kilter subdial located on the left side. The subsequent time region is placed where the larger subsidiary seconds dial is usually located on the Lange 1. Each time region has its own unpretentious day/night indication in a small adjacent subdial.

A. Lange & Söhne’s patented large date remains in its original place. The displays are completed by the “auf und ab” power save display in its original spot.

This watch is also easy to use as world clocks ought to be in this day and age. The crown is utilized for winding and setting as usual, while a pusher at 10 o’clock sets the large date. Another pusher at 8 o’clock moves the reference city ring, which is synchronized with the hour hand of the subsequent time region and its day/night indicator, in additions of one hour.

However, The Lange 1 Time Zone is furnished with a special feature that other world clocks cannot compete with: if the wearer happens to be abroad and wants to switch the need of the double cross zone displays, a clever adjustment mechanism in the watch makes this possible.

All that should be done is hold the pusher down for the subsequent time region to “freeze” the hour hand, at that point utilize the crown to adjust the time on the large dial. The date display remains synchronized with the main display, regardless of whether this is home or local time. The small arrow inside the subsequent time region subdial calls attention to the reference city of the time region as of now in use.

Movement of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Reference 116.066

Based on manually twisted Caliber L031.1 from the original Lange 1, this development incorporates all the features typically found on a watch made in the state-of-the-art Glashütte factory: a screw balance with swan-neck fine adjustment, four screw-mounted gold chatons, and a hand-engraved balance rooster – here with the blue-filled anniversary engravings.

The gears added for the subsequent time region work have been placed on top of the Glashütte three-quarter plate and can easily be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. The scaffold carries the blue-filled anniversary engravings, including the numeral 25.

Additionally, this watch boasts three entire days of force hold thanks to twin spring barrels as well as the patented large date. As is the case with all A. Lange & Söhne developments, this one uses untreated German silver and is assembled twice. This is no mean feat when the masterpiece being referred to comprises an entire 417 parts (counting 54 gems) as this one does.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Reference 116.066

A small adjustment to the Lange 1 Time Zone’s reference city ring came with the 2009 assortment where Caracas was exchanged for Santiago de Chile (September 2007 saw Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez enacting another law that put Venezuela four and a half hours behind GMT, rather than the GMT short 5 hours zone it was beforehand in). Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, remains in that time region and consequently replaced Caracas on the dial – seen here marked as “Santiago” in blue.

For more, please visit alange-soehne.com/en/watches/lange-1-time-region/lange-1-timezone-25th-anniversary .

Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Reference 116.066

Case: 41 x 10.9 mm, white gold

Dial: strong silver, blued steel hands

Development: manual winding Caliber L031.1, untreated German silver plates and extensions, hand-engraved balance chicken, 417 development components, twin spring barrels for 72 hours of force save, free-sprung balance, 3 Hz/21,600 vph, swan-neck fine adjustment

Capacities: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; second time region, world time, 2 day/night indications, power save, instantaneously bouncing large date

Limitation: 25 pieces

Cost: $52,800/€49,000

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