The lat­est of­fer­ings from A Lange & Söhne

WE LOOK AT THE FU­TURE OF A LANGE & SÖHNE AF­TER THE SAD PASS­ING OF FOUNDER WALTER LANGE

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“The de­sign qual­ity of A. Lange watches has been recog­nised with over 250 in­ter­na­tional awards.”

IT WAS IN 1990 that Walter Lange, at the age of 66, was pre­sented with a chance to res­ur­rect his fam­ily’s watch­mak­ing busi­ness which had been dis­man­tled in the af­ter­math of World War II. By 1994 the first new A. Lange & Söhne watches in nearly half a cen­tury were be­ing pro­duced. It was a mo­ment in his­tory that will never be for­got­ten and the brand has gone on to cre­ate end­less icons of mod­ern horology ever since.

Sadly, Walter Lange passed away in Jan­uary of this year at the age of 92, but his le­gacy will live on. Hav­ing started the com­pany in or­der to hon­our his great­grand­fa­ther Fer­di­nand Adolf Lange, founder of the Sax­ony-based maker of fine watches, Walter helped build the brand to what it is to­day.

Fol­low­ing a long se­ries of watch­mak­ing suc­cesses, A. Lange & Söhne has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the most ex­clu­sive watch brands in more than 60 coun­tries. The small pi­o­neer­ing team has now grown to 770 em­ploy­ees, and the first col­lec­tion with only four watches has blos­somed into five clearly dis­tin­guish­able model fam­i­lies.

The ex­tra­or­di­nary prod­uct and de­sign qual­ity of A. Lange & Söhne watches has been recog­nised with over 250 in­ter­na­tional awards – this im­pres­sive devel­op­ment would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the pi­o­neer­ing and or­gan­i­sa­tional achieve­ments of Walter Lange. For his work, he was awarded the Or­der of Merit of the Free State of Sax­ony in 1998 and the Or­der of Merit of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many in 2015.

Walter Lange re­mained in­volved with the com­pany he founded as a brand am­bas­sador and con­sul­tant even long af­ter he with­drew from com­pany man­age­ment. As he fa­mously stated: “I am the bridge to our past.”

In or­der to hon­our the pass­ing of Walter Lange and cel­e­brate his abil­ity to ex­tend a le­gacy, we look to­wards the fu­ture of A. Lange and Söhne thanks to their seven new prod­ucts for 2017.

Lead­ing the way is the Tour­bo­graph Per­pet­ual ‘Pour Le Mérite,’ which brings to­gether five tra­di­tional in one watch: fusée-and-chain trans­mis­sion, tour­bil­lon, chrono­graph, rat­tra­pante func­tion and per­pet­ual cal­en­dar.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the very first was the Tour­bil­lon ‘Pour le Mérite’ - which was pro­duced in 1994 and was the very first wrist­watch made with a fusée and chain – the lat­est of­fer­ing is a limited edi­tion with just 50 pieces avail­able and will cost in the re­gion of $508,000.

On the dial you will be able to make out the toubil­lion, the moon­phase disk and the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar works, which flank the cen­tre of the dial.

From the rear you can see the two col­umn wheels that con­trol the rat­tra­pante chrono­graph func­tions, while the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar works are, as is tra­di­tional in

“Fea­tur­ing rhodium gold hands and a sap­phire crys­tal case­back, the Lange 31 will be limited to 100 pieces.”

Ger­man watch­mak­ing, un­der the dial.

The prod­uct fam­ily also fea­tures the new 1815 An­nual Cal­en­dar, an un­der­stated of­fer­ing with a man­u­ally wound move­ment and ana­logue date – week­day and month – as well as a moon­phase dis­play.

The 40mm case is ren­dered in pink or white gold while the dial shows those sig­na­ture 1815 nu­mer­als. The Lange cal­i­bre L051.3 is very com­pact, weigh­ing only 5.7mm, but the power re­serve is im­pres­sive at 72 hours.

One again the clas­sic, pocket-watchin­spired mod­els of the 1815 fam­ily con­ceal a move­ment de­vel­oped in-house and com­posed of parts lav­ishly fin­ished by hand. The 1815 will re­tail for close to $40,000.

A third edi­tion of the Zeitwerk col­lec­tion has also been in­tro­duced: the Dec­i­mal Strike will chime on the hour and also at ev­ery 10-minute in­ter­val. Fea­tur­ing a case made of honey gold, used ex­clu­sively by Lange, a limited edi­tion of 100 watches will be avail­able.

Like the pre­vi­ous edi­tions in the Zeitwerk fam­ily, the Dec­i­mal Strike uses the main­spring bar­rel to power the strike train and the chimes on the hour are at a lower pitch than those on the 10s. This will be avail­able for ap­prox­i­mately $180,000.

The Sax­o­nia fam­ily is also grow­ing with the ad­di­tion of two new mod­els. Fea­tur­ing an elegant de­sign, the Sax­o­nia has oc­cu­pied a spe­cial place in the man­u­fac­tory’s col­lec­tion since its de­but in 1994. The two new time­pieces with a case di­am­e­ter of 35 mil­lime­tres and iri­des­cent mother-of-pearl di­als also re­main true to the prin­ci­ple of un­der­state­ment.

Both time­pieces are avail­able in white or pink gold and fea­ture man­u­fac­ture cal­i­bre L941.1 – a man­u­ally wound move­ment with an im­pres­sive 45 hours of power re­serve. Fea­tur­ing a white al­li­ga­tor leather strap with match­ing buckle, the Sax­o­nia will cost in the re­gion of $18,000.

Also in the Sax­o­nia line is the new Lange 31, the first me­chan­i­cal wrist­watch with a power re­serve of 31 days. Ad­di­tion­ally, it fea­tures a patented con­stant-force es­cape­ment, which makes it pos­si­ble for the first time to ac­tu­ally har­ness such an extreme power re­serve. This mech­a­nism as­sures high rate sta­bil­ity and thus con­sis­tent rate

“Fea­tur­ing an elegant de­sign, the Sax­o­nia has oc­cu­pied a spe­cial place in the man­u­fac­tory’s col­lec­tion since its de­but in 1994. ”

ac­cu­racy for an en­tire month.

Fea­tur­ing rhodium gold hands, a sap­phire crys­tal case­back and a dark brown hand­stitched al­li­ga­tor leather strap, the Lange 31 in white gold with gray dial will be limited to 100 pieces, and it will be priced at $153,000.

Fi­nally, an elegant com­pan­ion to the Lange 1 Moon Phase has been pre­sented with the Lit­tle Lange 1 Moon Phase, 1.7 mil­lime­tres smaller, it is ac­com­mo­dated in a 36.8-mil­lime­tre pink-gold case.

The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence to the ‘Lit­tle’ vari­ant is the sil­ver dial which fea­tures a cir­cu­lar guil­loche through­out, as well as a rose gold Ro­man nu­mer­als on the sub­dial for hours and min­utes.

The lu­nar disc is now sil­ver and fin­ished with match­ing pink/gold moon and stars. How­ever, the hall­marks of the Lange 1 have been pre­served with the power re­serve at 3pm and the jumbo date at 2pm. There is also the same ac­cu­racy of the man­u­ally wound L121.2 move­ment, whose lu­nar com­pli­ca­tion needs only to be cor­rected by one day ev­ery 122 years.

Fit­ted with a white al­li­ga­tor leather strap, fin­ished on a match­ing pink-gold prong buckle, it is avail­able for around $42,000.

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