While A. Lange & Söhne’s SIHH 2019 presentation wasn’t the most vibrant of the week, it certainly was the most digestible. Just five pieces were introduced, each as exciting as the next, showcasing the manufacturer’s continuing quest to pay homage to the past while setting innovation standards its competitors could only dream of. As a big fan of the brand’s digital watch, the Zeitwerk Date captivated me, introducing an important function without detracting from the existing design. A Jubilee Edition Lange 1, complement a handful of reinterpreted masterpieces to round out a succinct and special presentation.
Ten years after its debut, Lange’s mechanical digital watch, the first with constant-force escapement jumping digits for minutes and seconds, welcomes a newly designed calibre that incorporates an additional and extremely useful function, the date.
A circumferential date ring with printed numbers borders the dial while a red segment circles beneath it, as the segment moves at the stroke of midnight, the red displays through the current date from above.
Arriving in a 44.2-millimetre white gold case with a grey dial, the Zeitwerk date fits seamlessly into the collection’s symmetrical aesthetic. The 516 part, manually wound calibre, has a power reserve of 72 hours.
LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary”
On the 25th Anniversary of the LANGE 1, which premiered on 24 October 1994 and has since epitomised the core identity of the brand, A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary”, limited to 250 watches.
Staying true to its forefather, the white gold case retains a diameter of 38.5mm and a thickness of 10.7mm with a deep-blue printed argenté dial with complimentary blue accents and an engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The special engraving depicts the Lange headquarters alongside the names of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein and an inscription “25 YEARS LANGE 1”. Günter Blümlein was the driving force behind putting the product above all else.
Lifting the engraved case back reveals the intricate inner workings of the watch, which holds the manually wound L121.1 movement.
PRICE: €43,700 (Limited to 250 Pieces)
Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
Contrasting the lighter dials of A. Lange & Söhne’s 2019 releases, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds which first debuted in 2016, arrives in white gold with a black dial emphasised by red accents, amongst white markers.
Mechanically nothing has changed, sporting the same unique combination of a constant-force escapement for the seconds, jumping seconds, and ZERO-RESET function, as well as a power reserve indicator, tucked into the intersection of dials which switches from white to red, reminding the wearer that the watch needs to be rewound within ten hours.
Coming in at 39.9 millimetres in diameter and with a case height of just 10.6 millimetres, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds is an incredibly wearable package and one that captures the very essence of the brand’s watchmaking innovation.
LANGEMATIK Perpetual Calendar
The LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL occupies a special place in the history of A. Lange & Söhne. When it was introduced in 2001, it was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch that combined an outsize-date display and a perpetual calendar. Its latest iteration is the manufacturer’s 8th watch in their resilient ‘Honey Gold’ measuring 38.5mm with a height of 10.2 millimetres.
Featuring Lange’s patented ZERO-RESET mechanism, the LANGEMATIK’s seconds hand will jump to zero when the crown is pulled for simplified time setting while the L922.1 SAX-0-MAT movement keeps the date exact until 2100. The face of the solid-silver argenté dial contrasts highly with the luminous hands as well as the applied Roman numerals in honey gold, matched to a honey-gold buckle adoring a classic brown alligator strap.
PRICE: €85,000 (Limited to 100 pieces)
Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
The Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon is by far and away A. Lange & Söhne’s most expensive and most complicated release at SIHH 2019. As the name suggests, the watch presents a unique combination of functions including a flyback chronograph, perpetual calendar with moonphases, a tourbillon with stop seconds, and a discreet power-reserve indicator.
A first 100-watch edition in platinum with a black dial is now followed by a second edition of 100 watches in 41.5mm white-gold with a pink-gold (not Salmon!) dial. A sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the 729 part hand finished L952.2 manufacture calibre, which is just a beauty to behold in the flesh.
With a case thickness of 14.6mm, the watch is by no means small, however, it sits beautifully on the wrist and its weight is justified by its immense engineering pedigree.
For more information on the Zeitwerk Date, Lange 1 “25th Anniversary, Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, LANGEMATIK Perpetual and Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon head to A. Lange & Söhne SIHH 2019 collection page.