A. Lange & Söhne was kind enough to lend me one of their Saxonia Thin watches in 18k white gold:
The first comments I received when putting it on my wrist? "Wow, classic watch!" and "Very classy!". And I must agree, this is a watch to wear with a nice suit, going to a luxury show or party, meeting with CEO's, or to impress your girl friend. With a price tag of around € 20,000 this is no surprise.
The watch wears extremely comfortable, and to my surprise I would even consider the watch if it were smaller than 40 mm. Fact is, it looks bigger than that.
The Saxonia Thin is only 5.9 mm high. Is it the most thin watch you could get? No, probably not. There are even thinner watches out there. Nonetheless, the Saxonia Thin IS thin, thin enough, and perfectly in balance with its 40mm in diameter.
And balance is to be found at the side of the watch as well. Although the case looks to be polished all around, the brushed part of the side of the case offers a nice surprise, from a design objective. A closer look:
The hand wound movement, Lange manufacture calibre L093.1, can be seen through the crystal case back. Does that offer any value to the watch? Oh, yes, it certainly does. The movement is lavishly finished and decorated with various techniques. The end piece of the escape wheel is mirror-polished. The edges of the three-quarter plate and of the whiplash spring, and even the slots of the blued screws, are chamfered and polished. Of course, the balance cock of every watch is engraved by hand. Even parts hidden from view are sumptuously finished.
To reduce the overall height of the movement to 2.9 millimetres, the thickness of all calibre parts was reduced to the absolute minimum. Despite its slenderness, the movement features everything that can be expected of an A. Lange & Söhne watch: a three-quarter plate made of German silver, screwed gold chatons, a whiplash precision index adjuster, and the sublime finissage of all parts.
Should the owner of this watch be worried about winding the watch often? Certainly not, the power reserve is a whoopy 72 hours!
The baton and dewdrop appliques of the SAXONIA THIN enhance its legibility. A double applique graces the twelve-o'clock position. All appliques are made of solid gold. So are the case, the crown, the hands, and the buckle.
One of the most striking experiences I had when wearing the watch was the way the light plays with the solid silver dial, the hands and the appliques. I tried to capture the different contrasts in a few pictures:
See what I mean? The way the hands and appliques play with the light, going from a fresh white gold color to darker gray and sometimes even black is just beautiful. Beautiful is also the right expression for the way the hands are designed. Or "elegant" might express them even better. They have the right shape for such a classic and classy watch the Saxonia is.
As for the appliques, the right expression would simply be "stunning". If I had a macro lens for my Nikon, I probably would have caught the appliques in a close-up. Fortunately A. Lange & Söhne shows a perfect close-up on their website, as can be seen above.
Overall. This Saxonia Thin in white gold is a very desirable watch. Taken its price it will not be the watch for everyone, but if you ever considered a "grail" watch, one you want to pass on to your son or beloved family member, then you should put this one on your wish list. Highly recommended!
Thank you A. Lange & Söhne for giving me the pleasure to "own" this watch for two weeks. All pictures are copyrighted by A. Lange & Söhne and Watchuseek.
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