A. Lange & Sohne released the Lange 1 in 1994. Since that time the model has picked up a sizable following of watch lovers with discriminating tastes. It’s become one of the most popular big date displays with a unique aesthetic that is easily recognizable. The watchmaker has announced the latest creation within the Lange 1 line and this is set to be a very special edition in the continuation of a watch that employed the use of a caliber L901.0 movement which was first introduced in the line in 2005. Here are 10 things that are worth knowing about the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Caliber L141.1
1. This is the third and final iteration of the Lange 1
We learned that this will be the final Lange 1 featuring the L901.0 movement in an updated version. It is possible that others will follow within the collection, however, it will not be with the same movement. This places the Lange 1 Time Zone Caliber L141.1 in a unique category when it comes to collectibility. It will earn a significant place in the history of the A. Lange & Sohne watchmaking company.
2. The dial is exquisite
Our first point of discussion is the uniqueness in the layout of the dial. The brand is known for departures from tradition and this timepiece is no exception. Hours, minutes and markers are set within the larger dial in an inset subdial. A small sub sub-dial features a tiny seconds hand adding yet another useful feature within a small amount of space. The date window is placed at the 1:00 position with a solo hand serving as a pointer for the GMT function and a subdial at 5:00 for the indication of time in a second time zone.
3. The case is the same as the original
Many aspects of the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Caliber L141.1 have been updated, but the case has remained the same. It measures 41.9 mm in width and 10.9 mm in depth. The lug to lug height is 50 mm. The case is made of white gold material, which matches the indications on the hands make of silver against a black background.
4. It is available in three variations
You have a choice when it comes to the type of precious metal and color scheme. It has two siblings which are the reference 136.029 offered in a white gold case, black solid silver dial and rhodium gold hands. The reference 136.01 features a case of yellow gold with a solid silver champagne colored dial with yellow gold hands. The reference 136.032 is offered in a pink gold case with a solid silver Argente dial with hands made of pink gold.
5. This is a limited collection
There are three different references within the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Caliber L141.1 watch. In total, only 100 pieces have been made for distribution throughout the world. What this means for watch collectors is that each example is rare from the moment that it is released for sale to the public.
6. The Lange 1 Time Zone Caliber L141.1 is the first update for the movement since 2005
The movement of the Lange 1 Time Zone L141.1 has received its first update in 15 years in this model. It’s a new power plant that maintains some of the previous characteristics of the former. The measurements are 34.1 mm in width and 6.7 mm in thickness. The power reserve is 3 days which is status quo for the movement. It operates at 21,600 semi oscillations an hour but a single barrel replaces the twin mainspring barrel of the former edition. Other updates to the movement include a new balance wheel and hairspring. There are a total of 448 parts in this manually wound movement along with 38 jewels.
7. The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone L141.1 is now available
There are a total of 100 pieces available, distributed among the three variants of this exquisite luxury watch. The price begins at $52,900 for the white gold reference 136.029 and the pink gold reference 136.032. The reference 136.021 in yellow gold is priced at $56,100 per piece.
8. It’s not a world timer
Although each of the 24 world’s time zones are displayed, this is not a world timer. It is a GMT that shows two time zones rather than multiples. The cities are placed on the outer rotating ring with an indicator or pointer that tells you which city is selected for the seconds time zone display. It’s an ideal traveler’s watch.
9. The case back is an exhibition
This watch is protected with two sapphire crystals. One is on the front covering the dial and the second is on the back. This gives you a remarkable view of the movement beneath and the finely polished plate that protects the inner workings of the movement beneath. Although the watch is more interesting from the front view, the back is still fairly remarkable. We get to see the hand engraved balance and the other artistic decorations that are added to enhance the beauty of the movement.
10. Form meets function in the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone
Arguably this is among the most aesthetically pleasing and unique iterations of the Lange 1 to date. It’s pleasing to observe with the eyes, but it is also highly functional. Functions include home time along with a second time zone, a day and nigh indicator, subsidiary seconds, stop seconds, a city ring to adjust the second time zone, daylight saving time display, date, and a power reserve indicator. Whether this particular line within the collection appeals to you, it is nonetheless a masterpiece in horology and it has become the brand’s latest collectibles.