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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone

http://www.thewatchbox.com 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the reborn A. Lange & Söhne watch manufacture in Glashutte, German state of Saxony. The Lange 1 Time Zone embodies all of the aesthetic and watchmaking innovations that have carried A. Lange & Söhne to the forefront of the modern luxury watch industry. Discerning collectors revere Lange watches for the original character of their designs. From the 1994 debut of the first Lange 1 reference, the asymmetrical dial has been a trademark of the model. Calculated for impact without dissonance, the off-center local time dial at 9 o'clock supplants the usual center hands. At 4:30, the reference time zone nestles against the reference city chapter ring. The power reserve indicator (72 hours) spans an expanse of dial localized at 3 o'clock, and the Lange Big Date, another company signature, is prominent at 1:30. Lange employs a dual-time complication that is not exactly a GMT and not exactly a world timer. Watch enthusiasts familiar with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geographic models will be familiar with this one; simply synchronize the two times on the dial when the local time zone rests at the index (6 o'clock), then use the pusher at 8:00 to advance the city ring to the reference city of choice. There is a reference city to represent each of the 24 conventional time zones of the globe. As an added convenience, A. Lange & Söhne includes a small day/night indicator for each of the times displayed on the dial. At 10:00, a second pusher operates the Lange Big Date. Simply push the plunger to advance the date in sequence. On the case back, A. Lange & Söhne demonstrates how it has risen to rival Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin finish quality in only two decades. The movement, a Lange caliber L031.1, matches Geneva's best but does so in a distinctly Saxon fashion. "German Silver" bridges and plates are formed of the distinctive nickel-copper alloy used in traditional Glashutte pocket watches from the pre-Soviet era. The warm golden glow of the material represents a clear contrast with the brilliant rhodium of plated brass as seen in most Swiss movements. Over time, German Silver movements grow darker and more nuanced; their beauty only intensifies with age. The three-quarter bridge of the L031.1 is employed to cap the twin mainspring barrels of this formidable three-day movement, and it is blazon with Glashutte Stripes (not Geneva waves, since we're in Germany now). The crowning glory of every Lange 1 is the engraving on the train bridge and balance cock. In the case of the cock, the engraving represents a personal signature of the artisan who hand-crafted the component. It is possible to identify the artist who contributed to one's Lange 1 with a pictorial guide available from A. Lange & Söhne. Twenty years after its post-communist rebirth, A. Lange & Söhne is a watchmaker at the top of its game. Renowned, beloved, and endowed with the financial backing of the Richemont juggernaut, Lange mints future classics at a rate of only 5,000 watches per year. Become part of a new legacy of Saxon horology with this Lange 1 Time Zone from thewatchbox.com. As befits a collectible, the Lange 1 Time Zone depicted here features all original A. Lange & Söhne boxes, papers, and manuals. Video and content by Tim Mosso.