The history and the future of A. Lange & Söhne come together in the Lange 1. In the year that marks the 200th birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, its new movement is a fitting symbol of the brand’s determination to keep reinventing itself.
The vision of the world’s finest watches from Saxony took shape during a long voyage. In 1837, it accompanied Ferdinand Adolph Lange, just 22 at the time, from Dresden to Paris, into Switzerland and back again. He recorded his observations and ideas in his journey and workbook. This compendium of horological insights and design concepts is one of the few surviving documents from the early phases of the gifted watchmaker’s remarkable career.
His dream to craft the world’s finest watches also inspired his great-grandson Walter Lange, who breathed new life into the manufactory in 1990. The LANGE 1 was presented merely four years later. In the meantime, it has become a brand icon, stepping forth again this year with a new version. Its legendary design has remained unchanged, but its inner life has been technically refined. The manually wound L121.1 calibre now features a precisely jumping outsize date display. Its escapement consists of a balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and a free-sprung balance spring crafted in-house. The calibre is still endowed with a twin mainspring barrel for a power reserve of three days as well as with classic hallmarks such as the three-quarter plate, the hand-engraved balance cock and gold chatons secured with thermally blued screws. The second generation of this classic watch is available immediately.