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The Mechanical Essence of Saxony
Contributing to the renaissance of Saxon precision watchmaking, the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia suite was one of four new watch collections launched in 1994 after the company was reestablished by Walter Lange. This family of timepieces gets its name from the infamous city of Saxony, Germany—a place that hones a watchmaking art of its own. As the Saxonia collection was crafted, A. Lange & Söhne’s primary focus was directed toward micromechanical ingenuity and a quest for precision and perfection in both movement and design. With this attitude at the forefront, the brand has continued to produce innovative mechanisms and tackle new design challenges to improve these pieces. Today, some modern A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia watches feature the L941.1 calibre movement, which was introduced in 2015, maintaining the remarkable mechanical watch tradition that was revived in its original 1994 release. Other notable Saxonia hallmarks include ornate and detailed finished surfaces, a three-quarter plate in German silver, a hand-engraved balance cock, screwed gold chatons, and a classic screw balance. Style iterations are available in precious metals like gold and platinum, and multiple complications can be found from simple two-hand models to pieces with perpetual calendars and tourbillon functions. Interested in learning more about A. Lange & Söhne? Read this article that covers the pendulum swing of their exquisite designs, and watch this expert review of the impressive Saxonia Langematik ref. 308.025. Or, browse similar watch styles when you explore our selection of pre-owned mechanicaland dress watches.
Explore the Saxonia Collection
Coined by A. Lange & Söhne, the Saxonia suite can be summed up with one phrase—”mechanical essence.” As they capture this essence, their goal is not to include as many complications or parts as possible, but rather to find the best mechanical solutions that are technically optimized and aesthetically pleasing. One instance of doing this took place in 2015 when they released the L941.1 caliber movement which has 164 parts, 4 screwed gold chatons, 21 rubies, and a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound. If you’re intrigued by Lange’s approach to Saxonia watchmaking, you can find various complications in this collection as well, like tourbillons, chronographs, and GMTs. You can also find simpler pieces that never compromise style like the Grand Saxonia ref. 307.029. Learn more about a few stand out timepieces for more detail.
Released in 2011, this piece continues to be Lange’s flattest watch offering. This Saxonia watch focuses on the essential functions of a mechanical watch—displaying the hours and minutes. Its well-organized dial structure with long baton appliques in solid gold make for a handsome, sleek dress piece. Additionally, its L093.1 caliber delivers wearers an impressive 72-hour power reserve. For pre-owned, near-mint condition options, check out the handsome ref. 201.027 or the striking blue gold-flux ref. 205.086.
Saxonia Double & Triple Split
These two incredible rattrapante chronographs are undoubtedly collector-worthy. The Double Split has a rattrapante hand for the central stop seconds and elapsed minutes at the 3 o’clock, measuring two intervals of up to 30 minutes. On the other hand, the Triple Split has an hour counter at the 12 that also has a rattrapante hand, allowing one to time intervals of up to 12 hours. Both pieces have a small seconds dial at the 9 as well as the brand’s distinct UP/DOWN power reserve display.
Saxonia Dual Time
If you’re an avid traveler, this A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia watch is a great option—it displays a second time zone, but when you’re home, it only displays local time. Additionally, you can set the rhodium-plated gold hour hand backward or forward in hour increments using the push pieces at the 8 and 10 o’clock. Doing this uncovers a second blue hour hand that will display the time at home when traveling. Lastly, this model features the calibre L086.2 and a 72-hour power reserve.
Saxonia Annual Calendar
By far one of the collection’s most complicated pieces, this annual calendar watch features three subdials and an outsize date display that you only have to correct once a year. For those who prefer an automatic watch, this one boasts the automatic calibre L085-1 SAX-0-MAT with a three-quarter plate made of gold or platinum. Lastly, it has a patented zero reset that allows you to set the time to the exact second. Learn more about the nuances between perpetual vs. annual calendars by reading this expert article.
Released as part of the Saxonia family, the Lange 31 is the world’s first mechanical wristwatch with a power reserve of 31 days and a patented constant-force escapement. Thirty-one days amounts to an incredible 744 hours which could not be done without effectively storing a large amount of energy. The Lange 31’s two mainsprings are both 1850 millimetres long and responsible for delivering such a robust reserve.
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
Also released as part of the Saxonia suite, the brand’s coveted Datograph is available in flyback chronograph iterations, various precious metals, and features an outsize date. Learn more about the highly sought-after Datograph UP/DOWN and Perpetual iterations when you browse our selection of pre-owned models.Or, narrow your search and start here—this luxe Datograph Perpetual ref. 410.032 features a striking 41mm 18k rose gold case and crisp silver dial.
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Lastly, if you’re a new collector and want to know more about movements and watch types, read this guide to mechanical wristwatches