It was 22 years ago in October that the German horology company A. Lange & Söhne was resurrected. Although originally established in 1845, the brand would have to close down for 50 years, only to be reintroduced in 1994. In honor of this occasion they are releasing a special version of their: “A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone”.
The specific “Lange 1 Timezone” model was introduced in 2005 and rapidly became one of the brands best-sellers and most iconic timepieces. Besides its brilliant design and being one of the most luxurious dual time zones available in the horology market. It is also a very easy to operate timepiece, thanks to the intuitive adjustment mechanism that manages to swiftly switch between the: home time displayed on the main dial and the time indicated on the secondary dial.
The 41mm case is made of the brands unique 18k honey gold for the first time, after already being previously issued in: gold, rose gold, platinum and white gold. This honey gold can be described as a mixed combination of yellow and rose gold, normally applied on the more exclusive A. Lange & Söhne watches. And it’s also known to be more resistant, than the typical gold alloys used in the horology industry. Features a transparent caseback that allows to view the watches inner mechanical movements.
Time is exhibited on a silver dial with hour index markers, plus Roman numerals on home-time and Arabic numerals for the second timezone (although these zones are interchangeable). There is an outer ring circling near the bezel that now has dots separating the 24 city names and the “GMT” in blue instead of red, on this version. The second timezone sub-dial is also circled by a blue ring and positioned near the 5 o’clock location.
Another very subtle modification was swapping the city that represent CET time for Dresden, instead Berlin. It has a very significant meaning for the A. Lange & Söhne, since this is the German city were they presented their first collections and announced their return to the horology market.
So, both the current time and second timezone are displayed on off-set dials with day/night indicators. Also features the brands trademark outsized, two window date display. In order to keep a harmonious look, the hands and appliqués are plated in honey gold to match the case.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone
This “A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone” (Ref#: 116.050) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L031.1, with 54 jewels, 417 moving parts and 21,600 vph. Featuring a nivarox balance spring and a whiplash precision index adjuster with a patented beat-adjustment mechanism. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 72 hours; while water-resistance can reach up to 30m (96 feet).
Mounted on the watch is a dark brown hand-stitched alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k hone gold buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 100 piece manufactured and will only be made available at the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques.
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