Watches & Wonders: A. Lange & Söhne Debuts Subtle Upgrades To Some Of Their Most Beloved Collections
The esteemed German brand revisits several groundbreaking timepieces this year, introducing covetable new color combinations.
For Watches & Wonders 2021, A. Lange & Söhne delights its collectors with new dial and case combinations for the Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar, the record-breaking Triple Split, and the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase.
Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar
A. Lange & Söhne’s clever perpetual calendar design has always showcased its ingenuity. And the new L021.3 caliber inside the Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar uses a ring around the edge of the dial that allows it to display the months without compromising the Lange 1’s iconic dial design.
At the end of each month, the ring advances to the following month. The rest of the perpetual calendar information is displayed via an oversized date window at 11 o’clock, a retrograde day-of-the-week display at 9 o’clock, a moonphase with a day/night indicator at 7 o’clock, and a triangle-shaped aperture at 6 o’clock to indicate the year. Hours and minutes are displayed on a large sub-dial at 3 o’clock.
Available in June, the watch measures 41.9mm in diameter and comes in two versions this year. The pink gold model has a solid silver dial — a truly elegant, subtle look — and it is priced at $104,500. For more of a statement-making look, the white gold model features a solid pink-gold dial. It’s limited to 150 pieces, and even though it is priced at $116,000, it is sure to be snapped up by collectors who missed this color combination the first time it debuted in 2019 on the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon.
While the Triple Split isn’t a new introduction for A. Lange & Söhne, it is still as groundbreaking as when it came out in 2018. It was the world’s first rattrapante chronograph that could measure the timing of two simultaneous events for up to 12 hours, making it a double chronograph.
When would you need such a complication? A. Lange & Söhne suggests using it to time two opponents in a Formula One race or perhaps the Tour de France. But its real-world applications notwithstanding, this complicated L131.1 caliber uses 567 components to control this complex timing system and each of its 10 hands. Of course, each is impeccably finished and visible through the open caseback.
The first Triple Split had a 43.20mm white gold case with a grey dial and was limited to 100 pieces. This new version keeps the case size but uses pink gold instead of white and has a blue dial with blue or silver sub-dials, giving it a reverse panda-like effect.
Available in May, the new Triple Split is priced at $164,400 and limited to 100 pieces.
Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
Last but not least, the Little Lange 1 gets a beautiful, artistic moon-phase treatment this year. The two 2021 models have a dark blue gold flux dial that sparkles with an almost copper-like tone. But more than just evoking a remote, starry sky, it is a unique take on the night sky as many watchmakers look to shimmering aventurine for their moon-phase timepieces.
The star motif continues in the time sub-dial — hours are indicated by four applied Roman numerals and eight marked by rhodium-plated gold stars. There’s a moon-phase indicator at 5 o’clock with a white-gold lunar disc and an startling 628 stars.
But even more astonishing is its precision. The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase will be accurate for 122.6 years if the watch remains wound. The Calibre L121.2 has a three-day power reserve, which is subtly indicated on the right side of the dial just below the oversized date window is at 2 o’clock.
Available in May, the 36.80mm Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is available with a white-gold case that retails for $44,900 or with a diamond-set white gold case with 56 diamonds on the bezel that goes for $56,600. Both come on a blue alligator strap that complete the harmonious, celestial design.
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