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The 2022 A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

When Günter Blümlein and Walter Lange undertook the monumental activity of reviving A. Lange & Söhne after Germany’s reunification, they needed to provide you with a mannequin that may symbolize the spirit, previous and current, of a legendary Saxon watchmaking model. Accordingly, the watch must embody a few of the most interesting historic traditions related to Glashütte’s high-end German watchmaking, however it could additionally need to flaunt a mix of design and mechanics that may sign the best way ahead. And as everybody accustomed to the model is aware of, the Lange 1 appeared within the line-up of A. Lange & Söhne’s 4 inaugural watches in 1994. With its intrepid uneven structure and outsize date show, the Lange 1 was singled out because the star of the quartet. Interpreted with completely different issues over the a long time, the Lange 1 is taken into account the quintessential face of the model. Following the introduction of the bigger Grosse Lange 1 (Grand Lange 1) in 2003 and its numerous evolutions, A. Lange & Söhne unveils the third-generation Grand Lange 1 with a slimmer case peak and new dial textures. Let’s have a look at this good-looking pair of white and pink gold watches and decide whether or not the slimmer case profile and new textured dial could make an already grand design even higher.

character traits of the Lange 1

As co-founder and first CEO of the revived model, Günter Blümlein subscribed to the imaginative and prescient that “our watches have to be traditional and understated in appears to be like, modern, helpful and German in nature.” What he didn’t point out right here is the phrase “character,” one thing that the Lange 1 has in abundance and which makes it so genuinely distinctive.

Instantly identifiable due to its uncommon structure of capabilities on the dial, the Lange 1 may come throughout as a random association of capabilities with an outsize date window at 1 o’clock, an influence reserve indicator working from 2 to 4 o’clock, an hours and minutes sub-dial on the left of the dial and working seconds at 5 o’clock. Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. The asymmetry on the dial, which is so pleasing to the attention, depends on the arithmetic of the golden ratio and, as you may see on this picture, the central factors of all 4 indications create the corners of an isosceles triangle.

The design of the Lange 1 (right here in traditional 38.5mm measurement) summarized with a sequence of strains and geometrical shapes… Apparently messy, the truth is fully calculated.

Maybe the second strongest identification trait of the Lange 1 dynasty is the outsize date impressed by the well-known five-minute clock in Dresden’s Semper Opera Home. Not solely are the numerals thrice bigger than most date shows, however they may also be superior with a a lot less complicated fast correction pusher within the caseband. To provide the compact association of the numerals, the 2 discs bearing the models and tens revolve above each other with a clearance of simply 0.15mm. And I like the best way that each home windows are framed in gold, and the inky black Arabic numerals set at a decrease degree to extend the feeling of depth.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third GenerationThe identical advanced but fully calculated structure is discovered on the Grand Lange 1, in an outsized solution to complement the bigger case and dial opening.

Oddly sufficient, the Grand Lange 1 has not been the recipient of many issues and at the moment solely options the traditional time-and-date mannequin and a moon section with or with out Lumen. To get an actual really feel for the life and occasions of the Lange 1 over the a long time, don’t miss Brice’s in depth protection and our unique video.

The Grand Lange 1

The Grand Lange 1 is the large brother of the Lange 1. Produced as a response to the rising pattern for outsized watches, the Grand Lange 1 appeared in 2003 in a big 41.9mm case with a thickness of 11mm. As Brice factors out, the first-generation Grand Lange 1 was characterised by bigger overlapping sub-dials and an outsize date that invaded the minutes monitor. These overlapping shows have been as a result of the Grand Lange 1 was nonetheless utilizing the smaller, hand-wound Lange base motion L901.2.

Above: the three generations of Grand Lange 1

The second era of Grand Lange 1 appeared in 2012 with a revisited and smaller case measurement of 40.9mm and a slimmer motion (L-095.1) constructed particularly for the Grand Lange 1. The brand new motion not solely allowed for a discount in peak (8.8mm), however it additionally ensured a extra balanced – non-overlapping – show of capabilities on the dial according to the unique Lange 1.

Third-generation Grand Lange 1

The massive novelty of this third-generation Grand Lange 1 is the discount in case thickness from 8.8mm to eight.2mm, which is all of the extra stunning because it nonetheless makes use of the calibre L095.1 developed in 2012. A discount of 0.6mm won’t sound like earth-shattering information, however boy, does it contribute to the elevated class of the 41mm watch and its consolation on the wrist. Obtainable in 18k white or pink gold, the case design is trustworthy to the unique with fashionable tapered lugs, a slim domed bezel and a modern rectangular pusher on the left caseband to advance the date.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

The second novelty is the brand new granular texture featured on the stable silver dial. It’s price evaluating the impact this dial produces with the dial of the Grand Lange 1 “twenty fifth Anniversary” version of 2019. It’s, you’ll admit, virtually like taking a look at two completely different watches. Granulated/sandblasted/textured dials are a scorching pattern lately and have even been adopted by heavyweights like Patek Philippe. Not solely do they revitalise the dial with a extra up to date aptitude, however their matte floor absorbs the sunshine and highlights the opposite parts on the dial. For the 2 new Grand Lange 1 fashions, the sandy texture of the dial is a gray/taupe color – and imagine it or not, however each editions have precisely the identical dial color, however the best way the white or pink gold parts mirror on the gray floor end in two relatively completely different tones, both chilly or heat.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

All of the gleaming white or pink gold parts on the dial – fingers, date window body, utilized numerals and lozenge markers – stand out with much more verve in opposition to the muted sandy background. The marginally recessed counters for the hours and minutes, and small seconds are adorned with snailing that lightly performs with the sunshine, creating wavy optical illusions. If you happen to look intently, you may respect the gently bevelled chamfers of the off-centred time indications and the ever so slight encroachment of the small seconds counter into the minutes monitor between 4 and 5 o’clock because the markings between 20 and 23 shrink to accommodate the counter.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

Just like the markings on the time counters, the inscriptions on the periphery of the dial are white, apart from the presence of two small pink triangles within the signature AB/AUF energy reserve indicator to point the dwindling power of the motion.

Calibre L095.1

Calibre L095.1 is identical slim, manual-winding motion that has been powering the Grand Lange 1 since 2012. Outfitted with only one mainspring barrel delivering a most energy reserve of 72 hours, the elevated diameter of the motion (34.1mm x 4.7mm) fills the caseback properly. The enlarged proportions additionally imply that the hand arbors are shifted outward, releasing up house on the dial and respecting the unique off-centred association of the capabilities on the dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

Though the signature untreated German silver three-quarter plate hides many of the 397-part motion, the decorations are superlative. The Glashütte ribbing on the plates, the ruby-red bearing jewels in mirror-polished gold chatons secured with blued screws and the hand-engraved steadiness cock are simply a few of the refined hand-finishings that determine it as a Lange motion.


A discount in case peak is all the time a constructive issue and offers this bigger model of the Lange 1 a extra compact gown watch enchantment. Mixed with the up to date granulated dial, the Lange 1 retains its great asymmetry however sheds a few of its classicism. On the finish of the day, what’s not like a few slimmer profile and a youthful face?

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 update 2022 Third Generation

Availability & Value

These two new editions of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 will likely be launched as a part of the everlasting assortment. The retail value is EUR 45,900 both in white or pink gold.

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