A. Lange & Söhne
Last year, German watch brand A. Lange & Söhne celebrated the 25th anniversary of its post-Cold War revival. The company started in Glashütte, Germany in 1845, but was nationalised and ceased to exist in 1948, after Soviet Union occupation following World War II. It wasn’t until 1990 that the A. Lange & Söhne trademark was re-registered by Walter Lange, great-grandson of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange.
Why the brief history lesson? One of the the four models introduced at the brand’s relaunch in 1994 was the Lange 1, which gives some indication of its importance to the company. The line is now typified by a decentralised and asymmetrical dial as well as an outsize date display.
In 2005, the company brought out the Lange 1 Time Zone, and now it returns updated with a brand new manufacture calibre, the L141.1, where the 72-hour power reserve is achieved with only one spring barrel and the in-house balance spring is calibrated for a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.
A. Lange & Söhne
The main benefit of the new Lange 1 Time Zone is the ability to track two time zones at once. While the larger time circle shows home time, the smaller of the two time circles can be set to a second time zone by adjusting the city ring. When the time is adjusted with the crown, both displayed times are corrected simultaneously.
The day/night indicators for home time and the additional zone time, which originally were displayed with rotating arrow hands, have now been shifted to the centres of the two time circles. And looking at the arrow at 5 o’clock, in the small aperture if it is red, the city has a daylight saving time regime and letting you know you need to make the appropriate mental adjustments. If standard time applies to the city all year round, the display appears on a bright background.
A. Lange & Söhne
As with the model before, adjustment of the second time zone is done using a switchable city ring with 24 time zones. When the corrector button at eight o’clock is pressed, the city ring jumps from west to east by one time zone. At the same time, the hour hand in the small subsidiary dial goes forward by one hour indicating the time of the city beneath the arrow. You can also swap the zone time from the smaller to the larger dial (useful for an extended stay abroad).
Despite the new calibre, the dimensions of this latest Lange 1 Time Zone remain unchanged, with a 41.9mm case and height of 10.9mm, and the watch comes in three case/dial combinations: white gold/black, pink gold/argenté and as a limited edition of 100 in yellow gold/champagne.
Prices will be exclusive – in this case the new Lange 1 Time Zone starts at €49,200 for the white and pink gold versions, then rising to €52,200 for the limited yellow gold iteration.
Jeremy White is WIRED’s executive editor. He tweets from @jeremywired
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