The highly regarded among true connoisseurs German watchmaker from an ancient town of Glashütte has just announced that the gorgeous A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone (Ref. 116.039) world timer, the dress watch that was first unveiled in its new, more discreet version at the beginning of the year, has finally become available to the few wealthy customers that can easily part with some €39,600 (around $50,000 USD) in order to get this beautiful timekeeper. Looking more subdued thanks to the unassuming white gold alloy that its mildly oversized case is fashioned from, the new timekeeper might become a perfect accessory for the sort of people who like a well-built watch on their wrist, but don’t want to attract unnecessary attention.
Compared to the Lange 1 Time Zone in rose gold that was, if memory serves well, released just a couple of years ago, the new version of the watch comes with a refreshed dial that, thanks to the luminous dots and patches of Superluminova on the meticulously sculpted hands and hour markers, makes the watch a lot more readable both in twilight and in total darkness. Brands like this prefer to use luminous compounds of the highest grade, so there is also a good chance that it will be brighter and last longer than your normal lume on a 500-euro timepiece (but, of course, not as long as to justify the 100-times price differential: Lange has other means of making up for the cash it would like you to part with.)
The day-time legibility doesn’t seem to be that impressive, however (at least, not on the pictured version, which is equipped with rhodium-plated white gold hands that are not very contrast on the shining background of the dial crafted from solid silver.)
The rest seems to be the same.
According to the official specs, the watch is equipped with their in-house Caliber L031.1 hand-wound movement. Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph, the watch will work for at least 72 hours straight until the low power supply will start to affect its accuracy.
As you can see on the photos, the watch is equipped with two sub-dials with the larger one (at 9 o’clock) telling you time in the home zone and the other (between 4 and 5 o’clock) representing the second time zone. The smaller sub-dial is synchronized with the city ring and is adjusted with a push of the button.
Another nice thing about this timekeeper is that each sub-dial is equipped with its own day/night indicator, which will come especially handy if you happen to live in a deeply submerged nuclear submarine.
Like most complicated timekeepers, the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone is offered in a slightly oversized body almost 42 millimeters in diameter and 11 millimeters thick. Being relatively slim, the watch will not only look very imposing on a wrist, but will also be quite comfortable, even if you wear a tight-cuffed shirt.
Here is a commercial video that gives you the idea of how the movement actually works.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Photos & Video: A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone (Ref. 116.039) specification
Price: €39,600 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, caliber L031.1, world timer, in-house, Made in Germany
Number of jewels: 54
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 72 hours (three days, minimum)
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, second time zone (GMT), city disk, big date, power reserve
Case material: 18-karat white gold
Size: 41.90 mm
Case height: 11.00 mm
Dial: Solid silver
Numerals: Arabic and Roman
Hour markers: Luminous, applied, rhodium-plated
Hands: Luminous, rhodium-plated gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black, hand-stitched crocodile leather strap on a white gold tang buckle
Case back: Sapphire