Even though there’s no doubt that the darlings of A. Lange & Söhne’s lineup are the more contemporarily styled pieces like the Lange One and the Zeitwerk, there’s still a place for deeply traditional design the catalogue of Glashütte’s favourite son – and that’s the 1815 collection. Named for the year of founder Ferdinand A. Lange’s birth, the 1815 family of watches takes as its inspiration early marine chronometres. First developed in the 18th Century, these ship-bound timepieces were extremely accurate, and a vital tool in navigation. And while the design isn’t what we’d associate with tool watches these days, make no mistake, legibility and reliability were the name of the game. It’s logical that Lange, those masters of function and style, adopt this distinctive look as the trademark for their 1815 collection. With the blued sword-style hands, railroad minute track (with the brand’s distinctive triple dot at the cardinal points) and the ornate, Jugendstil numerals the 1815 Up/Down would look just as stylish in 1915 as it does today. For me though, the most charming feature of this watch is the bottom-heavy subdial layout, a sure sign (if any were needed from Lange) that the L051.2 movement definitely… Read More
Let’s begin by stating the patently obvious: A. Lange & Söhne has had a very good year. At the top end, collectors have raved about the Grand Lange One Moonphase Lumen, as well as the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds. And for those whose pocketbooks have earthly limitations – the new Saxonia Thin presents a very tempting offering. For me though, the sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle. The Saxonia Moonphase offers you the undeniable style of the Saxonia family, but adds some classic Lange complications to the mix – the big date and that oh-so-stunning moonphase. And the star of the show, is in fact the 852 stars on the said moonphase. It’s simply stunning; traditional without being a cartoonish smiling moon, yet thoroughly modern in its laser-cut technique. And it’s accurate to 122.6 years too. Of course the counterpoint to the moon is the date. Lange’s iconic big date apertures at the top of the dial perfectly balance out the bottom, creating an evenly spaced, elegant dial that we challenge you not to fall in love with. The proportional elegance continues on the case, which comes in either pink or white gold. It’s 40mm wide and 9.8mm high, which is quite slender for… Read More
When A. Lange & Söhne release a new watch there is always a collective “ooh” and “ahh” that resonates within the watch community. Germany’s most prestigious brand has always earned respect and admiration for staying true to their design philosophy. So it isn’t too often that we get to see an ALS special edition that offers a new look on a classic model, but with the arrival of these new Saxonia Automatics that’s exactly what you get. In celebration of the reopening of the Lange boutique in Ginza, Tokyo the watchmaker has produced two Saxonia Automatic models with ‘terra-brown’ coloured, solid-silver dials. Luckily for everyone not in Japan they will be available globally. It’s a little surprising that Lange created these models given that as a whole, they are quite reserved in terms of taking risks with design. The Saxonia is a success precisely because A. Lange & Söhne rarely mess with it. It’s a prime example of the quintessential dress watch. Simple, clean, and utterly elegant in its presentation, paired with a modest case size and dressed-up leather strap. Although Lange has tinkered with the Saxonia in the past by adding a gray dial to the line in 2015 with their Boutique Edition,… Read More
Story in a second: The Saxonia Thin is A. Lange & Söhne design at its most pure. One of the things that makes everyone like A. Lange & Söhne as a brand (and I mean everyone, I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t like or respect what Lange does) is the thought, care and quality that goes into every watch. From the gobsmackingly amazing Zeitwerks and Perpetual Calendars, all the way to the simpler pieces – like this manually wound Saxonia Thin. And what’s even more amazing is that this thought and care continues to grow; just because a particular Lange watch receives widespread acclaim from critics and consumers alike, doesn’t stop the Glashütte-based manufacture from updating it. Simply because they can make it better. Such is the case with the Saxonia Thin, the brand’s 40mm entry point, which received some minor modifications this year that made a marked difference. The dial When the Saxonia Thin was first launched in 2011, it became the epitome of a modern dress watch, with two hands, hour markers, a few words and not much else. It was a pure, beautiful thing – and yet Lange refused to rest on its laurels, this year… Read More
Put a group of serious watch collectors in a room and ask them to name the most important modern chronograph in the world right now, and we’re confident the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph will end up top of the heap. A large part of the Datograph’s appeal is the movement, which surpasses mere functional engineering and moves into the realm of sculptural beauty. But it’s not just the watch’s technical and aesthetic virtuosity that’s earned it such universal acclaim – it’s the context it emerged from. As you may know, A. Lange & Söhne is a brand with old roots in eastern Germany but it wasn’t until 1994, shortly after reunification, that the brand was reborn in spectacular fashion. The first collection, launching the Lange 1 among others, set the tone of contemporary classicism that has come to define the brand. Then, in 1999, came the Datograph. First, consider how difficult it is to make an integrated chronograph movement, let alone one with flyback and instantaneous minute jump (as well as a big date). But set that against a backdrop of political and economic turmoil, and Lange’s achievement is nothing short of astonishing. The watch very quickly became a cult object without peer. (Seriously, even Philippe… Read More
Last week, A. Lange & Söhne’s latest and greatest were touring Australia, making it the first chance local audiences had to get up close and personal with some of the finest watches in the world. And, even though we at T+T were privileged enough to see them at SIHH, we were still pretty excited to re-acquaint ourselves with the collection. We felt Lange had one of the strongest collections on show in Geneva, and six months later we stand by that initial assessment. Joanna Lange and Watches of Switzerland Chairman Eric van der Griend introduced the collection in an imposing atrium of the Grand Hyatt, each speaking to the values that make A. Lange & Söhne such a great manufacture. Van der Griend discussed the increasing importance of Australia in the global market – pointing to the fact the latest collection reached our shores much earlier than in previous years. Joanna Lange provided some insights into Lange’s German character. While she referenced their new manufacture building and the importance of tradition, she also joked that the company likes to keep using lengthy German words on the dial (hello doppelfederhaus) just to confuse the rest of the world. Meanwhile, she revealed… Read More
In a few short hours we’re going to get a chance to spend some quality time with A. Lange & Söhne’s latest collection. Now, we saw them at SIHH, but that was an all too brief encounter, and we didn’t really know what we were looking at. It was a blur of movements and dials. Now, after a few month’s reflection we keep coming back to the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, and we can’t wait to take a second look. It might not have the same visceral impact as the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, but it’s still a very serious watch. The jumping seconds, or deadbeat seconds, is perhaps the most stealth complication out there – as most people would assume the ticking seconds hand is powered by a battery. It’s also a complication that’s finally enjoying its day in the sun with brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz and Grönefeld all releasing their take on this once-obscure complication. Lange’s take adds a regulator style dial and some classical German good looks. The A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds has an Australian RRP of $120,000.