A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon « 25th Anniversary »
The 10th and final piece of the Lange 1 "25th Anniversary" collection is being unveiled today.
A. Lange & Söhne saved the best for the end. Debuted last January at the SIHH in Geneva, the launch of the 10 Lange 1 models - one per month - commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Lange collection ends today.
The Lange 1 Tourbillon before 2019
In the year 2000, the impressive Lange 1 Tourbillon had its debut as the world’s first wristwatch with the unusual combination of a tourbillon, an outsize date, a three-day movement and a power-reserve indicator. A watch for special occasions – this is how the Lange 1 Tourbillon was described when it was first presented. A. Lange & Söhne saluted the transition from the 20th to the 21st century with it, continuing a tradition that dates back to the belle époque in Paris. Lange’s first centennial tourbillon – still in a pocket watch format – attracted global attention at the 1900 Paris Exposition.
In 2010, as part of the “165 Years – Homage to F.A. Lange” anniversary collection, the Lange 1 Tourbillon was one of the first three watches of the manufactory with a case in honey gold, a material used exclusively by Lange.
When the Lange 1 celebrated its 20th birthday in 2014, it was introduced as the fourth model of the Handwerkskunst series in a limited edition of 20 platinum-cased watches with rare movement decorations and a black enamel dial.
Lange 1 Tourbillon « 25th Anniversary »
Lange 1 Tourbillon « 25th Anniversary » © A. Lange & Söhne
Like all ten special editions of the anniversary collection, the 2019 version of the Lange 1 Tourbillon is presented in silver and blue and in a limited edition of 25 pieces (except for the Lange 1 which is a 250-piece limited edition). The 38.5-millimetre white-gold case sets the stage for a solid-silver, argenté-coloured dial that contrasts with the blued steel hands. The inscriptions are printed in blue, including the numerals of the outsize date.
Suspended between two diamond endstones, the one-minute tourbillon features a stop-seconds mechanism. The patented system allows the balance inside the rotating tourbillon cage to be stopped instantaneously. It is clearly visible in a generous aperture in the dial and through the glass units disc of the outsize date.
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The tourbillon cock, prominently integrated in the dial, is decorated with the black polishing technique. On the movement side, the tourbillon bridge and the intermediate-wheel cock are engraved by hand. The colour concept is echoed in the blue-filled recesses of the engraving. The unifying anniversary collection signature, a reliefed depiction of the outsize date, is located on the intermediate wheel cock.
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The hand-stitched alligator leather strap is blue with grey seam and secured with a white-gold deployant buckle.
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