Past and present

A. Lange & Söhne breathes new life into the in­ner work­ings of the Lange 1.

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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.

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