A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

Starting today and running to the 28th, the Watches and Wonders show in Hong Kong (a new watch show event) brings collectors and enthusiasts closer to some of the world's best watches. Exhibitors include Cartier, Audemars Piguet, JLC, IWC and A. Lange and Söhne. In honor of the show, not only will A. Lange & Söhne have their amazing Grand Complication on display, but they are also premiering two new limited edition pieces. Launching additions to both the Lange 1 and Saxonia family, these new models are not to be missed and offer top tier complications from one of the world's premiere watch manufacturers. Each of these new limited edition models contain in-house made automatic movements, which are on the rare side for A. Lange & Söhne.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

First, check out the new Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst (ref. 720.048). Limited to 15 pieces, this 41.9 mm platinum-cased watch offers a full perpetual calendar display including a moon-phase, leap year, month, day, outsize date and day/night indicator. The month display is especially cool as it utilizes a peripheral ring around the outside of the dial that is read at six o'clock. Time is read via its own display with a subsidiary seconds indication integrated above the moon-phase display at seven on the dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

 

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

Speaking of the dial, that is where the "Handwerkskunst" comes into play. The dial is crafted from solid white gold and is treated to both tremblage and relief engraving decorations that create a beautifully textured dial that doesn't seem to overpower any other element of the watch. It is easy to go overboard on engraving but the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst incorporates this element in a reserved and classic manner.

Furthermore, the dual aperture outsize date features hand-painted numerals in a lovely shade of blue. If you are curious, the rare "Handwerkskunst" label is only used on select A. Lange & Söhne watches that have handcrafted decoration and engravings on the dials.  This is probably the first automatic version in this sub-family of timepieces that Lange has produced.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

In addition to the perpetual calendar, the rear of the Handwerkskunst offers a view of not only the tourbillon and its patented stop-seconds mechanism, but also the beautifully decorated calibre L082.1 manufacture movement. A. Lange & Söhne is known for their movement finishing and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst was spared no level of decoration with the wheel cocks and rotor receiving a fully hand-engraved finish.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

With some 624 components, 76 jewels and a rate of 21,600 vph, the automatic L082.1 is crafted from German silver and offers 50 hours of power reserve. Finished with a sapphire crystal and a crocodile strap with a matching platinum deployant buckle, the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst will be available exclusively through A. Lange & Söhne's international boutiques.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

Second up is the seriously slick ALS Saxonia Automatic Outsize Date (ref. 308.047). Coming in at 37 x 9.7 mm, this automatic dress watch is signature Lange, featuring a beautifully balanced dial with a central outsized date at twelve and a large seconds display at six. Powered by the ALS in-house L921.4 Sax-0-Mat movement, the Saxonia Automatic Outside Date has a rather practical special feature. The Sax-0-Mat movement resets the seconds hand to zero when the crown is pulled out, allowing for fuss-free synchronization with an accurate time source.

I think this feature is amazing and would be exceedingly handy if you were fortunate enough to call this ALS your daily-wearer. The L921.4 is comprised of 378 parts including 45 jewels and offers bi-directional winding via its micro rotor to a total power reserve of 46 hours. Available only in pink gold, the Saxonia Automatic Outsize Date is limited to 25 units and will be sold exclusively through A. Lange & Söhne's international boutiques.

A. Lange & Söhne Limited Edition Automatic Timepieces For Watches & Wonders Fair   watch releases

A. Lange & Söhne is the only German brand showing at the Watches and Wonders fair in Hong Kong, and is has to be said that they've brought their A-Game to the East. The Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is a great example of what ALS is capable of when they seek to enhance their already world-renowned haute horology designs and the Saxonia Automatic Outsize Date exemplifies their more reserved side and offers an interesting and noteworthy feature that should appeal to both collectors and enthusiasts alike.

If you're in Hong Kong over the next three days, don't miss out on the chance to see some truly exciting and fantastically rare watches at the Watches and Wonders Fair. alange-soehne.com

10 comments
bluzer
bluzer

On the Saxonia, what does the lever at 10 o'clock do? Does it need to be separately activated to zero the seconds?

Ryan B
Ryan B

They definitely brought their A-Game with these. Fabulous watches

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Heavy duty want. I prefer my Langes to be manually wound though. But I'll forgive them in this instance.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

"Hand Work Art" indeed. The unobtainable grail list just grows and grows. Oh to be an oligarch, despot or even a tech billionaire...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Gazing on these timepieces is one of those "holy shit" moments.  That perpetual calender model... wow.  The level of workmanship, the delicious little touches like the use of blue on the date wheels... it's just gorgeous.  AL&S showing others how fine a craft watch making can be.

korbindallis
korbindallis

why are you so expensive, love the workmanship so detailed 

just WoW so German :D

Oelholm
Oelholm

Oh... Oh my.
That's some of the most beautiful man-made objects I've seen in my life.

bluzer
bluzer

OK thanks. I'd just assumed one would use the crown, like other big date watches I've seen.