The Updated Lange 1, Explained by A. Lange & Söhne (video)

SIHH 2015…

Redesigne Lange 1 with new caliber - Perpetuelle

The last bit of news coming out of SIHH 2015 that I wanted to cover regarding A. Lange & Söhne is the new Lange 1.  Having been the brand’s face since its presentation in 1994, the Lange 1 has now received an update that reflects the horological experience accrued during a period of more than 20 years.  Aside from the brand new caliber L121.1 (the 50th caliber in Lange’s portfolio of in-house movements), the remaining changes are subtle.  Largely unchanged as regards its iconic design, the second generation is endowed with a slightly narrower bezel and a new manually wound calibre.  Another upgrade is the instantaneous jumping outsize date which advances precisely at midnight.  Below is a concise run-down on the new Lange 1, by Lange’s Head of Research & Development, Tino Bobe.

The “remade” Lange 1, explained by A. Lange & Söhne’s Head of R&D

New A Lange and Sohne line 2015 - Perpetuelle

A look at the new Lange Cal 121.1 — its 50th in-house caliber

A. Lange Caliber Comparison L901 L121

A Lange Sohne Caliber L121.1 balance wheel

A Lange Caliber L121.1 - Perpetuelle

And you can check out my full introduction of the entire A. Lange 2015 collection, right here.

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down

A Lange Datograph Up Down Pink Gold frontback - Perpetuelle

A quick look at the final piece presented by A. Lange & Söhne this year, the Datograph Up/Down, now offered in pink gold.  Launched in 2012, the Datograph Up/Down features a classic column-wheel control mechanism, a jumping minute counter and a flyback function come together in a movement that showcases Lange engineering.   The piece has a nicely balanced dial layout, with the characteristic Lange big date and two argenté sub dials for the seconds and the minute counter, set against a black dial made of solid silver.  There are luminous hands and pink-gold baton hour markers.  The Up/Down (Auf/Ab) reference is standard Lange terminology for the power-reserve indicator.  Like its platinum brother, the an 18-carat pink-gold case of this new model measures 41mm.

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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual White Gold

SIHH 2015…

A Lange Soehne Datograph Perpetual White Gold Gray Dial - Perpetuelle

Of course he headliner for Lange’s 2015 lineup unveiled this week in Geneva is the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, the first watch to combine a mechanical jumping numerals display with a decimal minute repeater.    And we’ve already seen the redesigned Saxonia collectionNew variations of the Datograph Perpetual and the Dataograph Up/Down round off the collection bring the total new models presented by Lange this year to seven, including the Lange 1 with a new in-house caliber.

Here are a few looks at the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual, now in white gold.  She’s a beauty!

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