Fifteen and Fine
German brand A. Lange & Sohne released its first Lange 1 Time Zone fifteen years ago. While there have been many variations of the Lange 1, this one was the first for the brand with dual time-zone indication. This new release is an introduction of an updated version, featuring new movement, which on average and take over three years to develop, improved functionality that includes added daylight savings time indication, and it will be available in three new precious metal cases. While travel might have slowed down a bit, the brand new Lange 1 Time Zone certainly has not, it is staying right on time without missing a beat.
While many folks are working from home these days, the world is still turning and global operations are still connected so having that exceptional time zone ability remains critical in keeping everyone timely. The A. Lange & Sohne exquisite timepieces make a difference for everyone, and this new technical update is a first for this watch since 2005. The main difference is the day/night indicator has now been included in the center of each dial, with home time on left and zone time on right. Previously the function was visible on sub dials. The update just makes for a very clean and more legible look. With this timepiece being traditional and already elegant and clean it just made sense to redesign and allow for more asthetic flow. The watch case is still generous with a 41.9mm diameter, and 10.9mm thickness. Designed with the asymmetrical dial, you see the main time display on the large sub dial at 9 o’clock, the second timezone displayed on two hands in 12 hour format on the smaller sub dial at 5 o’clock. The gorgeous date is framed in that double window at 2 o’clock and provides just a ease of setting for every aspect.
Subtle but Magnificent
The new daylight-savings feature has been incorporated on the underside of the rotating city ring, the major feature that was retained from previous iterations of the Lange 1 Time Zone. The amazing and intricate inscription on this watch is the 24 world city names, each represented with major time zones in the easterly direction. The other feature that was retained is the synchronization mechanism that enables the wearer to swap time zones between one on the main dial and the one on the sub dial. The watch brain is the new manufacture caliber L141.1, based very much on the original L901 that equipped prior models, this now achieves 72 hours of power reserve. The timepiece has no sacrifices, it has all the inherent brand movements like the three-quarter plate crafted in German silver, blued screws, screwed gold chains, and of course the hand-engraved balance wheel cocks, all that have been made visible through the caseback. Every detail of this new watch is perfection. The three color choices are the white gold with black dial, pink gold with an argenté dial, and a limited edition version of 100 in yellow gold with a breathtaking champagne dial, mainly for collectors. Certainly each color choice is beautiful but what would you expect from A. Lange & Sohne, as they update the Lange 1 Time Zone. Now the only issue will be finding one.