Past and present
A. Lange & Söhne breathes new life into the inner workings of the Lange 1.
A. Lange & Söhne recently updated its most iconic watch, the Lange 1, which, on the outside, remains unchanged. However, on the inside, the watch house has done much to breathe new technical life into the venerable timepiece.
For the second generation of this icon, the manually wound L121.1 calibre now features a precisely jumping outsize date display. Its escapement consists of a balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and a free-sprung balance spring crafted in-house.
The calibre is still endowed with a twin mainspring barrel for a power reserve of three days, as well as classic hallmarks such as the three-quarter plate, the handengraved balance cock, and gold chatons secured with thermally blued screws.
The Lange 1 comes from a rich history of fine watchmaking. In 1837, a vision of the world’s finest watches accompanied Ferdinand Adolph Lange, just 22 at the time, from Dresden to Paris, into Switzerland, and back again. His dream to craft the world’s finest watches also inspired his great-grand- son, Walter Lange, who breathed new life into the manufactory in 1990. The Lange 1 was presented merely four years later. In the meantime, it has become a brand icon, stepping forth again this year with a new version.