First revealed in March 2007 sporting a precious platinum body, the striking A. Lange & Sohne Lange 31 (ref. 130.032) not only makes a stunning impression with its laconic dial but also sports an outstanding hand-wound mechanical movement. Made solely in-house, the Caliber L034.1 not only offers you stunning exterior but also features fantastic power reserve rating of a whole month! Well, since I am basically out of superlatives here, I can only add that the timepiece is finally available in a less intimidating (and *ahem* more affordable, too) 18-karat rose gold case!
Just like the recently unveiled A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk model, the new A. Lange & Sohne Lange 31 Days can certainly be described as one of the most interesting watches ever created by the German Manufacture.
While the timepiece’s exterior doesn’t differ too much from the rest of the brand’s product line (except, perhaps, for its huge (but still wearable thanks to rather short lugs and with a condition that you are (1) not of a smaller kind and (2) prefer the Italian cut of your suit to the British one, since the latter clearly requires something more discreet in my opinion) diameter of almost 46 millimeters and height of just shy of 16 millimeters, making it even bigger than their Double Split chronograph watch,) its state of the art caliber L034.1 manually wound movement makes the watch a real piece of art.
The in-house caliber is built of 406 parts and features a pair of stacked mainspring barrels that provide space for a mainspring 1850 mm in length! Each 25 mm (almost an inch) in diameter, which makes them larger than, say, fully assembled Girard-Perregaux 3080 automatic movement!
Together with a relatively slow beating balance wheel that pulses at just 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, these mainsprings provide the watch with an incredibly long power reserve of 31 days! Yes, it is that rare instance where a huge power reserve indicator on the dial looks more like a necessity rather than an unnecessary complication for its own sake. I mean, even if you don’t suffer from memory loss yet, with such a huge amount of stored energy it is quite easy to forget the last time that you re-wound the springs.
Sorry for so many exclamation signs: this beautiful movement indeed makes my heart beat faster.
From the very beginning, this beautiful timepiece was available only in a platinum case, thus bearing a hefty (to say the least) price tag of around $180,000.
Although the new 18-karat rose gold version looks somewhat inferior to the original Lange 31 (not only in terms of pricing, but also because platinum was always an example of a high-end(ish) level of inconspicuous consumption, since it is not that easy to tell the extremely precious metal from something as mundane as polished stainless steel,) it may become more popular among collectors thanks to its more affordable price.
There is still no info on the new model’s MSRP*, but there is a good chance that after prolonged bargaining you will be able to get this baby at a price of a fully loaded Porsche Panamera four-door coupe.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
* UPDATE ON PRICE: In the United States, the 31 Days 130.032 will be available at a recommended street price of $140,000.
Photos: A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne 31 Days in Rose Gold (ref. 130.032) specification
Price: $140,000 (MSRP)
Movement: A. Lange & Sohne Caliber L034.1, 406 parts, with two mainspring barrels and a remontoir (constant force) mechanism, in-house, Made in Germany
Cadence of balance: 21,600 vph
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, power reserve indicator, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 31 days (744 hours)
Case: 18-karat rose gold
Size: 45.90 mm
Case height: 15.90 mm
Dial: Solid silver with 18-karat rose gold hands
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched crocodile leather strap. Platinum deployant buckle.
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective