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LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” Our summary of fine watchmaking artistry

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Walter Lange, company founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson, saw an opportunity to make his dream come true. Together with entrepreneur Günter Blümlein, he wanted to breathe new life into the venture that his great-grandfather had started in 1845. In Glashütte, the plan was to once again craft world-class timepieces under the A. Lange & Söhne brand.

Now, a quarter of a century has elapsed since the vision of Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein became reality. On 24 October 1994, at the residential palace in Dresden, A. Lange & Söhne presented the first four wristwatches of the new era – among them the LANGE 1.

Walter Lange & Günter Blümlein present four new watches in 1994

When the watch, meanwhile commended with countless awards, was first introduced 25 years ago, the designers wondered how the then unusual style-defining concept would be received by connoisseurs. From the very beginning, its technical quality garnered enthusiastic ratings, but the trailblazing design innovations of the LANGE 1, such as its unorthodox off-centre dial layout, gave rise to numerous discussions. It attracted so much attention that the name A. Lange & Söhne became famous again virtually overnight.

LANGE 1 in red gold with schematic illustration of the decentralised dial

Ultimately, courage, the quest for perfection, and an affinity with a balance between tradition and innovation paid off. The LANGE 1 became a classic and is still synonymous with Lange watchmaking artistry and expresses the company’s lofty ambitions with respect to a perfect union of mechanical ingenuity, design, and artisanship. The rapid ascent of A. Lange & Söhne back to the pinnacle of precision watchmaking after the company was reincorporated is definitely associated with the LANGE 1.

The manufactory is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the LANGE 1 in 2019 with a special limited edition of various models of the LANGE 1 watch family. Their common features include a white-gold case, a deep-blue printed argenté-coloured dial, blue date numerals and a hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap with a grey seam. Limited to 250 watches, the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” is the prelude to the anniversary edition, featuring a deep-blue printed dial and blue date numerals. The engraved white-gold hinged cuvette is another hallmark: it depicts the A. Lange & Söhne family domain that was inaugurated in 1873. Visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, the balance cock has a special engraving. After the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” debut in January, nine further anniversary models of the LANGE 1 watch family will follow in the course of the year.

LANGE 1 "25th Anniversary" Caseback LANGE 1 "25th Anniversary" Movement with three-quarter plate

The first model of the “25th Anniversary” edition, the LANGE, has been crafted virtually unchanged since 1994. Its movement is what reflects its technical evolution. The manually wound calibre L121.1 introduced in 2015 features a precisely jumping outsize date display and a freely oscillating Lange balance spring paired with a large cam-poised balance that assures superb rate accuracy. Just like the first LANGE 1 calibre L901.0, the lavishly hand-finished movement is endowed with a twin mainspring barrel with a power-reserve of 72 hours as well as Lange-style quality hallmarks such as the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, eight screwed gold chatons, and a manually engraved balance cock. It exhibits a very special engraving: the outsize date with a “25” that symbolises the 25th anniversary. The manually executed lines of the new engraving pattern are blued for the first time and thus stand out with a particularly rich contrast.

LANGE 1 "25th Anniversary" Engraved balance cock with outsize date

The “25th Anniversary” edition

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