A. Lange & Sohne has updated its dressy Saxonia line with the new hand-wound Saxonia Thin (Ref. 211.032) in 18-karat rose gold. Combining a lavishly hand-finished ultra-thin in-house movement with a deliberately understated exterior of the rose gold case, the ultra-thin timekeeper looks like a perfect match for a sort of a secretive person who loves to own a thing of beauty, yet is not particularly eager to share it with anybody, but a carefully chosen few.
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A. Lange & Sohne keeps on monetizing its initial (and, something tells me, rather surprising even for the company’s top management) overwhelming success with the revolutionary design (and also gorgeous in terms of exterior and interior finish) Zeitwerk “digital” hand-wound watch. Featuring the same time representation mechanism, the new Zeitwerk Striking Time was just revealed at the SIHH 2011 industry event. The new iteration of the Zeitwerk adds a mesmerizing chiming mechanism to the original jumping hours and minutes complication.
During the SIHH 2011 international trade show, A. Lange & Söhne has officially revealed the new member of the highly exclusive Pour le Merite series: the dressy Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Merite (refs. 760.032 & 760.025). Trying to keep the size of the piece as close as it was technically possible to the niche’s unofficial “golden standard” of 39 millimeters, the brand from Glashutte has equipped the new version of the Richard Lange Tourbillon family with a razor-thin bezel thus managing to keep the diameter of its body below 42 millimeters and giving its solid silver dial an airy, easy-to-breathe feel that was nicely supported by a rather unusual tourbillon bridge.
Offered by the German brand to the most discerning of their customers, the 2010 A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Luminous (ref. 115.028) model goes in the same direction as the “digital” Zeitwerk Luminous (Ref. 140.035). The Lange 1 Luminous belongs to a rare breed of dressy timekeepers that not only feature working luminous coating on main elements of the dial but also look almost as good as non-luminous models.
This A. Lange & Sohne Tourbograph Pour le Merite (Ref. 712.050) -a limited edition of the well-known Tourbograph- was first presented at the SIHH 2010 trade show. It is the third (and, alas, the last, but surely not least) member of the German watchmaking specialist’s Homage to F.A.Lange series of ultra-luxury timepieces. Offered at a price easily dwarfing that of a Rolls-Royce, this artifact looks more like Lange’s tour de force -an object whose primary objective is to demonstrate the brand’s engineering prowess- rather than a product designed in order to earn some extra cash.
The annual SIHH (The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) keeps the flow of press releases going. This time, the Richemont-owned German watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne presents its stately Lange 1 Tourbillon. With its compact case crafted from the trademark, extremely scratch-resistant honey-colored gold, the new limited edition features an in-house hand-wound movement with “stop seconds” complication: a function, which as convenient as it is rare among the tourbillon timepieces.
The hand-wound 1815 Moonphase (Ref. 212.050) is presented in a signature “honey gold” color courtesy of a particularly hard-to-scratch 18-karat gold alloy. Developed by A. Lange & Sohne, the gorgeous alloy sports a Vickers hardness rating between 300 and 320HV (on average, that is twice as high as that of white gold, which is usually considered to be the hardest among “standard” gold alloys.) The new member of the 1815 Collection features a beautifully executed moon-phase complication, which is not only pleasant to look at, but is also so accurate that it takes whole 1058 years for the calendar to miss a day from the lunar month.
The new A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Annual Calendar (refs. 330.026 and 330.032) combines a high-tech Lange L085.1 SAX-0-MAT self-winding mechanism with an eye-wateringly elegant compact case that is available white and rose gold alloys respectively. Although the minimum retail price suggested by the manufacturer is nothing but brutal, I must admit that it is totally justified given the materials used and the expertise invested in making the gadget.
started the digital revolution in the world of traditional mechanical timekeepers. Now, having its Arabic numerals covered with Superluminova and equipped with a smoked, semi-transparent sapphire crystal that replaces the original dial that was crafted from solid silver, the new A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous takes the idea even further.
Just like the recently unveiled hand-wound Glashutte Original Strasser & Rohde Regulator, the new A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Referenzuhr model’s main selling point is the historical connotations that date back to the 19th century. A century before high-speed optical networks and atomic clocks, it was an era, when high-precision pocket watches were used to distribute right time from the timekeeping service of the Mathematics and Physics Salon to public clocks at railway stations and these sort of installations where time was no just money, but also — safety.