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A. Lange & Sohne’s Two New Powerhouse Novelties

A. Lange & Sohne have given us two new releases and in typical fashion for the brand, they are absolute stunners....

A. Lange & Sohne have given us two new releases and in typical fashion for the brand, they are absolute stunners. The first of the pair is a 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar in white gold and a pink gold dial, while the second is Lange 1 Time Zone in platinum. 

1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar

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The Perpetual Calendar is powered by the same movement the model has been using for 10 years, the L101.1. And why not? This movement won the grand complications category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. Why did it win? Take into consideration that the perpetual calendar will show the correct date, including during leap years up to 2100, while the moonphase doesn’t need correction for 122.6 years (as long as it stays wound).

The 41.9mm case is 14.7mm in height and crafted from 18k white gold. While the new dial could be described as salmon pink, something A. Lange & Sohne are hesitant to do, probably because it’s crafted from 18k pink gold, a material they’ve used on several dials like the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon. 

These are limited to 100 pieces with prices available upon request. 

Lange 1 Time Zone

The Lange 1 is an iconic piece that helped mark the resurrection of A. Lange & Sohne in 1994. The Lange 1 Time Zone was an extrapolation of the 1994 model released in 2005 before being revisited in 2020 with a new manufacture movement; the L141.1 manual-winding calibre with a formidable three-day power reserve.

The Time Zone has been designed with legibility at the forefront. Local time is displayed on the larger, off-centred disc with Roman numerals, while the second time zone can be read on the smaller disc with Arabic numerals. The signature layout for a Lange 1 is still there with a big date window at 2 o’clock with the AB/AUF power reserve indicator at 3. 

To determine night and day, there are ring-shaped indicators with a semi-circular section in dark blue along the central access within the smaller disc to do so. 

You’ll notice that there are city names along the bezel, but don’t get confused, this is not a world timer. Instead, the city ring helps simplify setting the second time zone. By using the corrector at 8 o’clock, the city ring then switches in increments of one time zone, as does the hour hand. 

Thanks to the highly complicated movement, the smaller dial also indicates whether the time zone you’ve chosen as Daylight Savings Time. Inside the arrow reveals a red area when DST is used, or plain white if standard time is used all year round. 

The 41.9mm case is crafted from platinum with polished and brush finishings, while the dial is made from solid silver with rhodium plating to match the same plating found on the gold hands and appliques. 

These are not limited models with prices available upon request. 

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