The latest offerings from A Lange & Söhne
WE LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF A LANGE & SÖHNE AFTER THE SAD PASSING OF FOUNDER WALTER LANGE
“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.