SIHH 2019 - A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary

SIHH 2019 - A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary

A sneak peek at a beautiful commemorative model

16 January 2019 | A.Lange & Söhne , 5 minutes on the wrist SIHH 2019

When Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein relaunched, in 1994, A.Lange & Söhne, they came up with a timepiece featuring an off-centered dial and outsized date. It initially created quite a stir but has soon become the hallmark of all things A.Lange & Söhne. The brand is celebrating this year that anniversary with a series of commemorative timepieces, where the 2019 Lange 1 25th Anniversary is just the first outcome. The new commemorative model debuts a new color combination that includes blue tones and reinforces once again the decorative skills of Saxon watchmakers; I was privileged to witness in person during my recent visit to their new manufacture.

lange-soehne-lange-1-25th-anniversary-watch-horbiter-2The A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary features a solid silver dial with dark blue numerals and indexes, outsized date with numerals crafted in blue and a matching blue alligator leather strap with contrasting gray stitching. The case back's decoration is a nod to the history of a watch that has soon become the reference point of the brand: a solid gold cover protects the see-through sapphire crystal on which a depiction of "Casa Lange", inaugurated in 1873, has been reproduced alongside an engraving of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein's names and the inscription "25 JAHRE LANGE 1". 

lange-soehne-lange-1-25th-anniversary-watch-horbiter-4By flipping over the gold cover, you can enjoy a full view of caliber L121.1, a mechanical hand-wound movement equipped with a three-quarter plate and a unique feature, that makes each of the 250 specimens of the Lange 1 25th Anniversary unique.

lange-soehne-lange-1-25th-anniversary-watch-horbiter-5The bridge of the balance cock has been hand-engraved and carries the Big Date window, boasting the figure "25", depicted in dark blue. The A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary has a white gold case measuring 38.5mm in diameter and 10.7mm in thickness. Caliber L121.1 is a pillar of Lange's production: it was launched in 2015 and has plates and bridges made of German Silver and, even rarer in modern watchmaking, a swan-neck regulating system, while two barrels guarantee it runs for 72 hours when fully wound.

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