Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

The LANGE 1 is a mechanical wristwatch without peer or precedent. It was introduced as the first Lange watch of the new era and horologically represents a culmination of what aficionados and connoisseurs of fine watches associate with the great "A. Lange & Söhne" heritage. In its heart beats the spiritual legacy of the historic pocket watches built by Lange.
With its patented outsize date, however, it also aptly demonstrates how tradition and ingenuity can come together in style. This useful display, like the five-minute digital clock in Dresden's Semper Opera that inspired it, improves the legibility of the date by about three orders of magnitude in comparison with conventional timepieces. The solid-silver dial, with its characteristic off-centre displays, indicates the hours, minutes, and seconds. Depending on the model, the hands are made of gold or blued steel. The UP and DOWN scale provides information on the state of wind of the twin mainspring barrels which, when fully wound, offers a power reserve of three days.
The LANGE 1 comes in 18-carat gold or platinum with a hand-stitched crocodile strap or, as an option, with an exquisite precious-metal bracelet. The matching gold or platinum clasp is engraved with the Lange signature; the embossed winding crown is solid gold. The sapphire-crystal caseback affords a mesmerising view of the unique Lange L901.0 movement.