A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone
A. Lange & Söhne was originally founded in 1845, but was forced to close its doors post-WWII by the Soviet administration in East Germany. So on 24 October 1994, when the brand was officially brought back to life once more, there was a great deal to celebrate. And how do mechanical watch manufacturers celebrate? By creating exceptional watches. The Lange 1 was one of the very first collections unveiled by the German watchmaker that fateful day, and it has since become something of an icon. To commemorate the resurrection of the company, A. Lange & Söhne has released a limited edition Lange 1 Time Zone in ‘honey’ gold.
The solid silver dial has been arranged to make it as effortlessly legible as possible. A large main time dial sits to the left of the watch face, giving the wearer their first time zone. A city ring encircles the dial, displaying 24 major world cities; pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock allows you to select the city you’re looking for, which will then cause the second time zone subdial at 5 o’clock to jump to the right time. Both dials have a day/night indicator,as well as a power reserve display and date window found on the right hand side of the dial.
Powering the watch is the manual-wind in-house calibre L031.1—as with all Lange movements, it’s beautifully finished and hand-engraved, featuring plates and bridges made from German silver. It beats at 21,600vph and offers a power reserve of 72 hours.
The case, which measures 42mm by 11mm, is made of 18k honey gold, which gives it a beautiful warmth, complemented by a brown leather strap. Only 100 models have been made of the watch, available exclusively at the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques worldwide.