And so SIHH begins, and what better way to start than with the LANGE 1, the watch that successfully rekindled the A. Lange & Söhne legend. It was the first watch of the new era and has been A. Lange & Söhne’s undisputed icon for 25 years.
This year the Saxony brand is celebrating the anniversary of the award-winning watch with a “25th Anniversary” edition in white gold limited to 250 timepieces. The special features of this 38.5mm watch include a deep-blue printed argenté dial with a recess, blue date numerals, a hinged cuvette with an engraving of Lange’s headquarters and a hand-engraved balance cock with blued lines.
The 24th of October 1994 is the most important date in A. Lange & Söhne’s recent history. It is the day on which company founder Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein presented the first four new-era wristwatches at the Dresden Palace, including the LANGE 1.
The asymmetric arrangement of its dial triggered discussions, and its technical facets, such as the outsize date and the twin mainspring barrel, were enthusiastically received.
In the beginning, every style-defining design is polarizing. This is because it must overcome habitual expectations for its appeal to manifest itself. The LANGE 1 is a good example.
An outsize date and an asymmetric dial layout paired with a lavishly finished mechanical calibre in the mid 1990s, was deemed a provocation by many people. But the unusual design attracted considerable attention and made A. Lange & Söhne famous again overnight.
The historic event that put A. Lange & Söhne back on the map of international precision watchmaking in 1994 is now recalled in the anniversary year of 2019 with a collection of different models in white gold that pay tribute to the key milestones of the LANGE 1 watch family.
The hallmarks they share are an argenté-colored dial in solid silver with printed deep-blue numerals and hour markers, blue date numerals, and a color-coordinated blue alligator leather strap with a grey seam.
The LANGE 1 marks the start of the “25th Anniversary” series: it has been crafted virtually unchanged since 1994. Its movement is what reflects its technical evolution. The manually wound calibre L121.1 introduced in 2015 includes a precisely jumping outsize date display and a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. Paired with a large cam-poised balance, it assures superb rate accuracy.
The first LANGE 1 calibre L901.0 – features a twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours as well as typical Lange quality hallmarks. Noteworthy elements are the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, eight screwed gold chatons, and the hand-engraved balance cock. It exhibits a special engraving: the outsize date with a “25” that symbolizes the 25th anniversary.
The manually executed lines of the new engraving pattern are blued for the first time and thus stand out with rich contrast.
Limited to just 250 watches, the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” has another prominent feature: the engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The engraving depicts the Lange headquarters that date back to 1873, the names of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, and a relief engraving of the inscription “25 YEARS LANGE 1”.
$47,900 (Price could change during SIHH)
We are committed to finding, researching, and recommending the best products. We earn commissions from purchases you make using the retail links in our product reviews. Learn more about how this works.