It cel­e­brates the brand’s abil­ity to pre­serve old tra­di­tions while cel­e­brat­ing new ones

Philippine Tatler - - STYLE | WATCHES -

Wal­ter Lange, the founder’s great­great-grand­son, re­turned to Glashütte to re­vive his an­ces­tor’s legacy. He was able to suc­cess­fully re-reg­is­ter the A. Lange & Söhne name, and the rest is his­tory.

In 1994, the com­pany in­tro­duced their first range of watches—the Lange 1. It has since then be­come one of the br and’s most eas­ily recog­nis­able mod­els. Its asym­met­ri­cal dial won watch en­thu­si­asts over, be­cause the face main­tained a clean, sleek look. Its in­di­ca­tors did not over­lap with each other. This was also an in­tro­duc­tion to the brand’s trade­mark out­size date, in­spired by the Sem­per Opera House’s Five-Minute Clock. The time­piece paid re­spect to clas­si­cal watch­mak­ing tra­di­tions while em­brac­ing in­no­va­tion. Need­less to say, it was an in­stant suc­cess and re­mains so to this day.

When the Lange 1 was given an up­date, its iconic face was pre­served—save for a slightly nar­rower bezel that adds an open­ness to the dial de­spite it main­tain­ing its 38.5mm dial. The watch’s in­sides, though, tell a dif­fer­ent story. The new model houses the cal­i­bre L121.1, the 50th cal­i­bre de­vel­oped in-house by the brand since it re-opened.

The time­piece’s es­cape­ment now sports a larger bal­ance wheel with ec­cen­tric pois­ing weights and a freesprung hair­spring. 21,600 semi-os­cil­la­tions per hour still func­tion un­der the han­den­graved bal­ance cock and the d ou­ble­bar­rel main­tains its 72-hours of power re­serve as well. An­other no­table change is the out­size date’s in­stant jump to mid­night when the clock strikes 12am. When the watch loses its power re­serve, the sec­onds hand will also stop at zero to en­sure an ac­cu­rate time re-set when nec­es­sary. The time­piece’s hall­marks—which in­clude the Glashütte rib­bing dec­o­ra­tion of the three­quar­ter plate made of un­treated Ger­man sil­ver and the eight gold cha­tons that are se­cured with ther­mally blued screws—are eas­ily seen through its sap­phire-crys­tal case back.

The new Lange 1 is avail­able in three pair­ings: yel­low gold with a cham­pagne dial, pink gold with an ar­genté dial, and plat­inum with a rhodié dial. It cel­e­brates the brand’s abil­ity to pre­serve old tra­di­tions while cel­e­brat­ing new ones, look­ing to the past just as much as the fu­ture in or­der to in­no­vate. It epit­o­mises the prin­ci­ples that A. Lange & Söhne was built upon, the same ones that put Glashütte on the horo­log­i­cal radar. It is a tes­ta­ment to ad­her­ing to tra­di­tion even while stay­ing abreast of in­no­va­tions.

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