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LANGE 1 "25th Anniversary" by A. Lange & Söhne #SIHH2019

6 March 2019

By Scott Campbell

24th October 1994 marks a modern milestone in A. Lange & Söhne’s history - It was the day when company founder Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein presented the first four new-era wristwatches at the Dresden Palace. Amongst them was the Lange 1.

In the 1990s, with its outsize date and the twin mainspring barrel, it was atypical, but it garnered attention.

Fast forward twenty five years later, the Lange 1 has become the manufacture's undisputed icon.

For its Jubilee celebration, A. Lange & Söhne is offering a collection of different models in white gold that pay tribute to the key milestones of the LANGE 1 watch family. The hallmarks of this 25th anniversary series all feature 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.

Inside, 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 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.

Limited to 250 pieces, the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” boasts a engraved hinged cuvette crafted from solid white gold. The engraving depicts the Lange headquarters that date back to 1873, the names of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, and a relief engraving of the inscription "25 YEARS LANGE 1".

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