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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

Some 22 years ago, on October 24, 1994, something remarkable happened: the great name of A. Lange & Söhne was resurrected. This took place at the Dresden Castle, where Walter Lange along with Günter Blümein presented the first modern collections of A. Lange & Söhne. The very first collections consisted of the now iconic Lange 1, the Saxonia, the Arkade, and the superlative Tourbillon Pour le Merite. To celebrate this momentous occasion and to mark the 22nd anniversary of A. Lange & Söhne’s revival, the company has just released the Lange 1 Time Zone in Honey Gold, a special-edition piece that will be limited to just 100 pieces.

The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone has always been one of the most popular models in the Lange 1 family since its introduction in 2005. And it’s not difficult to see why. Keeping the key design elements of the Lange 1 intact, the Lange 1 Time Zone adds to it the very functional and practical second timezone complication, that’s indicated as a sub-dial at 5 o’clock.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

Longtime fans of A. Lange & Söhne will know that “Honey Gold” is a very special material for the brand, and it’s only used for their special and exclusive models. Most recently, it was used in the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘200th Anniversary F.A. Lange’ watch, which was limited to just 200 pieces.

Honey Gold is an 18k gold alloy that is proprietary to the brand and unique for two reasons. The first is that it is harder than regular gold alloys that are used in watches. It has a hardness rating of over 300 Vickers, while most gold alloys used in watches have a rating that is typically between 150 to 290.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

The second thing that makes Honey Gold special is its color. It has a soft, almost mellow, gold hue that is hard to place. I guess the most accurate way to picture it is that its hue is somewhere between regular yellow gold and rose gold. It’s very unusual and feels special, and it is unlike any other gold that is used in watches. For this special edition piece, A. Lange & Söhne has not messed about with the basics, so the case diameter has been kept at 41.9mm – the same as the regular production A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone watches.

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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

The use of Honey Gold in the case construction aside, what’s also unique about the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone in Honey Gold is the dial – specifically, the cities ring. In the regular Lange 1 Time Zone watches, Central European Time is represented by Berlin. But in this limited edition watch, Berlin has been replaced by Dresden. In addition, the GMT indicator is now rendered in blue instead of red. And the peripheral ring of the second timezone, which used to be black, is now rendered in the same blue hue of the GMT indicator as well. The dial is solid silver, while the various appliqués are also rendered in matching honey gold.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch In Honey Gold Watch Releases

Driving the watch is the in-house-made caliber L031.1, which features A. Lange & Söhne’s extremely high standards of finishing. Like all other Lange calibers, the L031.1 has plates and bridges made out of untreated German silver, and the balance cock and intermediate-wheel cock are both engraved by hand. Power reserve is a very respectable 72 hours, and the entire caliber consists of 417 parts.

The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone in Honey Gold also comes with a matching dark brown alligator strap with a honey gold prong buckle. All in all, this is a very attractive special edition watch of one of Lange’s most popular and practical models, and I’m sure it will be warmly received by collectors. As mentioned previously, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone will be limited to just 100 pieces, so don’t be surprised if they have all already been accounted for. Price is $64,300. alange-soehne.com

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  • Hydra

    sooo…with the price of one ugly RM I could buy about 14 of these lovely watches..

  • BrJean

    This watch is DOPPELFEDERHAWESOME.

    • I kunst agree more

      • Bill W

        I could see you stunden in line for this piece.

  • JosephWelke

    Where have I gone wrong in my life, that I can’t afford this? As close to my perfect watch as I’ve seen.

  • laup nomis

    Nice. Nice honey gold too. I think if I was going to save up for the next ten years and buy one, I’d buy basic Lange 1 without the extra complications.
    I like the big date too. If you’re going to put a date on a watch, do it properly and make it a sympathetic feature. As opposed to doing it badly by trying to sneak it in, often in a clonky, off-the-shelf unmatched colour.

    • ??????

      A. Lange & Söhne do great job with their dates indeed. Accurate and well-thought big dates.

  • Gokart Mozart

    It’s the first picture that comes into my mind when I think of ALS. Lovely watch and i do like the colour of the gold. Mellow Yellow?

  • BNABOD

    Looks rather porky. How large is this “dress” watch? . For some reason I am not a fan of the honey gold but again I don’t love gold watches or gold anything really. Still a stainless or plat kind of guy. Certainly nicely build but not my thing.

  • word-merchant

    It’s about time A. Lange & Söhne came out with a watch that doesn’t make me ache with longing.

  • hatster

    …I hate to be a nay-sayer, but that face is way too fussy. But at that price point, it might be a couple of years before I can afford to be that choosy.

  • A_watches

    beaten by hodinkee..

    • Beefalope

      Right, as though there’s hard-hitting reporting and breaking news in the watch world. Please.

      ALS issued a press release, and then watch sites reported on it. It’s no major achievement if Hodinkee just managed to throw something on their website first.

      • A_watches

        they have actual pictures of the watch…i don’t really care for the writing on either site anyway, just go for the pictures and high level detail, only jack forster is worth reading.

        • Beefalope

          So what exactly is your point, then?

          • A_watches

            Sorry. I thought it was just a comment section. Are you part of the comment section police, vetting relevance from your point of view?

          • Beefalope

            I should have you write my resume for me.

    • Shinytoys

      powerful post that has nothing to do with anything regarding this watch or furthering the pieces interest…bravo!!

      • A_watches

        Lovely Lange in a different shade of gold?? too expensive for me but would have been nice to see some real pics, like cartoon or fake celebrity smut better to have the real pics.

        • David Bredan

          I guess we’ll all agree if I say (in a belated reply): if your point was simply “would have been nice to see some real pics” you could have just said as much without someone else having to ask you to do so.
          To save you from keeping score in a match that absolutely no one cares about I’ll say that (surprise, surprise) we do receive watch news in advance and are given the opportunity to take hands-on images, but even with a large part of the team traveling more than we are at home at this point, we simply cannot make it to every press event and product launch, no matter how much we’d like to. Over 5,700 published articles, a major % of which with live images and video has helped most people understand all this.

  • SuperStrapper

    WWould look better in white gold with anthracite or charcoal dial.

  • mtnsicl

    This is the pinnacle of class and sophistication!!

  • Beefalope

    Excellent, as usual from ALS.

  • DanW94

    Classic Lange, a busy dial but they make it easily discernible. One thing I don’t get though, shouldn’t the blue (night) portion on the Day/Night indicator on the local time dial be on the same part of the indicator as the home time dial? (from 6pm – 6am)

    • I believe they are both calibrated the same, just rotated differently. If you look at the home time, it’s nearly two, and therefore the 12-oclock point on the indicator is equidistant from the day/night line. With the reference dial it’s approaching 8am and you can see the indicator has recently passed the line. As it’s just a day/night there is less of a need for them to be perpendicular and parallel to one another and the dials.

      But the short answer, in terms of German design – yes, yes it should.

      • DanW94

        Thanks Ryan, makes sense. it’s simply rotated. At first glance it appears the indicator runs from 11 – 11 which of course doesn’t make sense and belies the time on the dial.

  • Shinytoys

    Grail Art…she’s a beauty…

  • Marius

    The Lange 1 is my favourite watch, but I never really liked the more complicated references.

    Although the dial of this Lange is very legible and intuitive, I still find it a little too busy. I always considered that watches such as the Lange 1, the Nautilus and the Royal Oak look best in their simplest form; complications just decrease the purity of these models.

    Secondly, I had the opportunity to handle a honey gold Lange 1815 Anniversary in person, and I wasn’t very impressed. Honey gold has neither the warmth of yellow gold, nor the interesting tone of rose gold. To me, it looks like washed-out gold as in reality it looks very similar to steel.

    Lastly, the price seems rather strange. I mean, a “normal” Lange 1 Time Zone is exactly $15,000 cheaper, which is huge premium to pay for essentially nothing. In fact, even the platinum reference is slightly cheaper!

  • If you COULD spread a watch on your toast, this would be it. Be still my beating heart, I am in love with a machine…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I normally cant be bothered with watch faces that are too pointy but this example seems to get away with it without looking cluttered. It is absolutely gorgeous. Something i have to have hands on to really appreciate. The back is just a joy. I know when people ( including myself ) see the price of some of these pieces our instant reaction is to compare it with something else or calculate how many different watches you could buy for the price. Sometimes you do feel that they have just plucked a figure from the sky and added a zero, This is worth every cent. ( i went all American their , i could have said pence ).
    My only one very small gripe is, no need for an AM/PM indicator, just look out the window and it’s a tad small.

  • Bill W

    Even Lange has stooped into the render game. I’d appreciate some real photos to judge the supposed unique tone of the gold because to be honest I’m not seeing anything special here.

  • Cuppa Joe

    Wow! What a watch. Personally I prefer the standard Lange 1 (the added complications obscure the geometric proportions), but this is a thing of beauty. The back is gorgeous!!! This is a grail for sure. I wonder what the gold looks like in real life. Gotta llove Lange.

  • thecouchguy

    Lovely watch. Much rather A Lang over patek.

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