The 2014 dressy A. Lange & Sohne 1815 collection brings to the table the usual mix of craftsmanship and technical ingenuity that the German brand is associated with. Combining a painstakingly decorated hand-wound caliber with a compact body, which is now available in three colors of 18-karat gold, and a laconic solid silver dial the new members of the collection easily become dress watches of choice for men who don’t limit their options only to timepieces bearing the usual “Swiss Made” inscription on their faces.
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A. Lange & Sohne has presented whole seven new models at the SIHH 2014 event, yet it is the gorgeous Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna” that will possibly get the most attention from both journalists and connoisseurs alike. While most currently available high-end “moon phase” watches are only good for 122 years before they require adjustment by a qualified serviceman, this model will (theoretically) display correct phases of the Moon for whole 1058 years. And the complication looks great, too.
A. Lange & Sohne, an elite German watchmaker as well as a jewel in the crown of the Richemont Group (just for context, their portfolio also includes such gems as IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Panerai,) has recently launched its new masterpiece. The A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase (Ref. 139.032) features a familiar design of its face with lots of off-centered sub-dials and the signature big date indicator, which is now powered by a new version of their gorgeous Caliber L095 hand-wound movement.
For the 2013 Watches & Wonders show in Hong Kong, A. Lange & Sohne has presented its new Saxonia Automatic Outsize Date three-hander with Lange’s signature big date complication. Limited to just 25 pieces, the watch is equipped with their own in-house movement, which is not only technologically advanced but also features that high level of craftsmanship that the watchmaking company is known for among true connoisseurs.
First unveiled back in 2009, the gorgeous “digital” Zeitwerk has already survived a number of limited editions. Now, the German brand reintroduces the timekeeper as A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst (Ref. 140.048) adding to the mix a new dial that successfully combines rhodium-plated white gold and their signature “German silver” alloy: the centuries-old mixture of copper, nickel and zinc that allows you to make a greyish-white metal that is easy to work with and, when finished properly, looks great, too.
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.
With the hand-wound A. Lange & Sohne Datograph AUF/AB (ref. 405.035), the fabulous Datograph family can finally offer you a model that, besides a flyback chronograph and a beautifully executed Big Date window, has a handy power reserve indicator: an amenity that may become convenient for an owner of a watch with a guaranteed power reserve of almost three days.
First presented in rose gold and platinum back in January 2011 during the SIHH 2011 industry event, the gorgeous model has been reissued later in the year in Lange’s signature honey-colored gold body and with an unprecedented level of hand decoration. Now officially called A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Handwerkskunst (Ref. 761.050) (doesn’t the combination of French and German words looks a bit strange here?) it is even more attractive and, well, even more classic.
The A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia is now available in a slightly larger, but better-proportioned case crafted from 18-karat rose gold: growing both in diameter and thickness the new (Ref. 380.032) counterintuitively looks thinner than the previous version of the piece that featured a hand-wound caliber inside its compact body.
Presented at the SIHH 2011 in two choices of gold alloys, the new A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Dual Time (refs. 385.026 & 385.032) is the first specimen in their dressy Saxonia range that happens to sport a GMT display. Not particularly interesting from the mechanical point, it is still a good example of how an experienced industrial designer can turn such a mundane thing as a secondary hour hand into a true work of art.