Founded in 1845 in the renowned watchmaking town of Glashütte in eastern Germany, A Lange & Söhne is one of the country’s most famous producers of luxury timepieces. Although the company was forced to close in 1948, the founder’s great-grandson Walter Lange revived the brand in 1990 and today its models can be found in some of the most prestigious watch boutiques in the world. For 2018 the brand has launched seven new models, from high complications to everyday models, each one a perfect piece to pick up while visiting Germany.
1815 Homage to Walter Lange
In tribute to the man who revitalised the company, and sadly passed away in 2017, the latest version of the brand’s distinctive 1815 model combines all the features Walter Lange would have desired in his perfect watch. The distinctive jumping second hand is inspired by the original invention of Ferdinand Adolph Lange more than 200 years ago. Available in white gold, rose gold, yellow gold and steel, the classic, uncomplicated design makes for an ideal everday watch.
One of the most precise watch movements available, A Lange & Söhne’s 1815 flyback chronograph is accurate to one fifth of a second. The already popular model has been reworked and reissued in two elegant rose gold designs, complete with alligator straps in black and dark brown. The sapphire-crystal case back allows the wearer to see the movement at work, making this the perfect model for any watch aficionado.
Little Lange 1
A smaller and more feminine version of the brand’s classic Lange 1 watch, the Little Lange 1 has a reduced case size of 36.8 millimetres, making it one of the smallest models in the brand’s offering, and one of the first specifically aimed at a female audience. Available in purple, grey and brown with an alligator strap and a white or rose gold case, the model is utterly wearable yet completely luxurious.
Saxonia Outsize Date
Alongside the 1815, A Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia watch is a bestseller. Launched in 1994, the model now comes in several varieties and the latest launch champions bold design and technical excellence. Alongside the self-winding movement, the Saxonia Outsize Date features an unusually large calendar display, giving the piece an appealing retro feel. The style is available in rose gold and white gold with a sapphire case back, allowing you to see the movement keeping both the watch and the calendar running on time.
Saxonia Moon Phase
The Saxonia Moon Phase offers even more technical precision than the Saxonia Outsize Date. Featuring the same retro calendar display, this model also includes a moon phase display to track lunar movements. Decorated with 852 stars, the display will remain accurate for more than 122 years, and allows the wearer to track both the time and the skies.
Pushing yet another watch-making boundary with a Saxonia model, the Saxonia Thin includes an extra-slender movement that allows the white gold case to sit at only 6.2 millimetres thick. The elegant minimal design of the face includes a dial cast in solid silver, coated with a layer of glistening goldstone and adorned with minute copper oxide crystals, with the overall effect that the watch glimmers like the night sky.
A watch for a true sportsman, the Triple Split model offers a world first in watchmaking and allows comparative time measurements across 12 hours ‒ perfect for timing long-distance races such as Formula 1, the Tour de France and marathons. The model beats the record previously held by the house’s Double Split model, by being able to time multiple events for far longer. The white gold and alligator leather model allows for all the functionality of a top-level sports watch with stylish design suitable for everyday wear.