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A. Lange & Söhne - Lange 1 "25th Anniversary"

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 "25th Anniversary"

This timepiece is the first of a Jubilee series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the refoundation of A. Lange & Söhne, in 1994.

On 24th of October 1994, A. Lange & Söhne’s founder Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein presented the first four new-era wristwatches at the Dresden Palace, including the Lange 1. The asymmetric arrangement of its dial, its technical facets – such as the outsize date, the twin mainspring barrel and a lavishly finished mechanical calibre  – triggered discussions. This was deemed a provocation by many people. But the unusual design attracted considerable attention and made A. Lange & Söhne famous again overnight.

The historic event that put A. Lange & Söhne back on the map of international precision watchmaking in 1994 is recalled in the anniversary year of 2019 with a collection of different models in white gold that pay tribute to the key milestones of the Lange 1 watch family. The hallmarks they share are an argenté-coloured dial in solid silver with printed deep-blue numerals and hour markers, blue date numerals, and a colour-coordinated blue alligator leather strap with a grey seam.

The Lange 1 was the first watch of the new era and has been A. Lange & Söhne’s undisputed icon for 25 years. This is why the manufactory is celebrating the anniversary of the award-winning watch with a “25th Anniversary” edition in white gold limited to 250 timepieces.

Lange 1 « 25th Anniversary »

Lange 1 « 25th Anniversary » © A. Lange & Söhne

The Lange 1 marks the kick-off of the “25th Anniversary” series: it has been crafted virtually unchanged since 1994. Its movement is what reflects its technical evolution. The manually wound calibre L121.1 introduced in 2015 includes a precisely jumping outsize date display and a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. Paired with a large cam-poised balance, it assures superb rate accuracy. The opulently finished movement – as was the case with the first Lange 1 calibre L901.0 – features a twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours as well as typical Lange quality hallmarks. 

Noteworthy elements are the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, eight screwed gold chatons, and the hand-engraved balance cock. It exhibits a very special engraving: the outsize date with a “25” that symbolises the 25th anniversary. The manually executed lines of the new engraving pattern are blued for the first time and thus stand out with a particularly rich contrast.

Lange 1 « 25th Anniversary »

The case back with engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold © A. Lange & Söhne

The Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” has another prominent feature: the engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The engraving depicts the Lange head-quarters that date back to 1873, the names of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, and a relief engraving of the inscription “25 YEARS Lange 1”.

The Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” is fitted with a blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap, with grey stitching and white-gold prong buckle.

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