Keeping on trend for 2017, A. Lange and Söhne have released a new series of watches that updates the look of the brand’s most beloved models.
For a limited time, the Lange 1, Lange 1 Daymatic, Saxonia, and Saxonia Automatic are all being offered with rich blue dials encased in white gold. Headlining the launch is an exceptional “Handwerkskunst” edition of the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, however, sadly this does not appear destined for Australian shores anytime soon. Taking inspiration from the colour that drove the artistic genius behind the creation of Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, Picasso’s Blue Period, and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, ALS have unveiled solid-silver dials of a gorgeous Prussian blue. Read on for a look at each model in detail.
We’re not going to try to explain how to pronounce it correctly (truth is, we’re not entirely sure ourselves), but just know that when you see the word “Handwerkskunst” associated with a Lange timepiece, it means you’re about to discover something truly special. Translated from German, “Handwerkskunst” means “Craftsmanship”, which, in this context, refers to elaborate decoration techniques, including hand-engraving, hammering and enamelling. An exceptionally complex mechanical watch, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar offers both a split-second chronograph and a perpetual calendar complete with moon phase display.
In this extremely limited version (only 20 pieces will be made), the dial, hewn from a solid white gold plate, has been painstakingly hand-engraved with stars and dots – an extension of the moonphase display at 6 o’clock. Translucent, deep-blue enamel has then been applied over the top to emulate the night sky, resulting in a truly spectacular view. It doesn’t stop there, however. The 41.9mm white gold case features a hinged caseback (cuvette), which is decorated with a hand-made engraving depicting the goddess Luna, the mythological personification of the moon. This incredible artwork once again demonstrates A. Lange and Söhne’s mastery of complex hand-craft techniques such as reliefs and tremblage. As with the dial, the engraving is encircled by blue translucent enamel. Opening the cuvette reveals the in-house calibre L101.1, which itself has been elaborately hand-engraved and decorated.
One of the most popular A. Lange and Söhne models, the 38.5mm Lange 1 looks exquisite with its new colour combination. In keeping with the white gold case, the watch face features polished white gold hands, hour markers, and other detailing. Still offering an off-centre main dial, subsidiary seconds register, power-reserve indicator, and over-sized date window, this colour update gives the Lange 1 a sumptuous look that means it can easily transition from a daily watch to a formal piece. Powered by the same Calibre L121.1 as the existing series, this is the perfect example of a watch connoisseur’s go-to partner on the wrist.
Lange 1 Daymatic
Slightly larger than its Lange 1 sibling, at 39.5mm, the Lange 1 Daymatic boasts a similar design with an off-centre main dial, subsidiary seconds register, and over-sized date window. However, these features are mirrored in their placement and a retrograde day-of-week indicator stands in for the power-reserve indicator. Not only does the rich blue dial continue to look beautiful with this model’s design, this is the very first time the Daymatic is available in a white gold case, as previous models were only made in rose gold or platinum. Driven by the self-winding Calibre L021.1., the Daymatic also differentiates itself from the other iterations of this series as its hands boast a touch of lume giving it a somewhat sportier look.
The A. Lange and Söhne model with the cleanest design, the Saxonia exudes elegance and restraint. A petite piece at just 35mm in diameter, this is a stunning watch with a symmetrical face that showcases hours and minutes, plus a subsidiary seconds sub-dial, in the most subtle yet effective way. The reissuance of this model in white gold with a Prussian blue face simply reiterates that simplicity can be striking. Encasing the Calibre L941.1, which offers the wearer a 45-hour power reserve, this is a fantastic choice for a discreet watch that will never go out of style.
For those who like the good looks of the Saxonia but want something a little larger on the wrist, look no further than its bigger brother, the Saxonia Automatic. This 38.5mm piece — comparable to the Lange 1 — offers many of the same design elements as the Saxonia, however, it includes numerical indications on its subsidiary seconds register. Also, powered by the self-winding Calibre L086.1, this watch offers the wearer a power reserve of 72 hours. Against the deep blue backdrop, the polished white gold hands and detailing of the updated Saxonia Automatic stand out in sharp relief making it a great option for those with discerning tastes.
Though these are not being dubbed limited edition pieces, they will only be manufactured for a year, so if blue is your colour, you’ll want to act quick to get your hands on one. Contact us now, to secure yours.