At the start of the year, A. Lange & Söhne announced that 2019 would be dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Lange 1. A total of 10 anniversary models are due to be unveiled this year, celebrating the key milestones of the Lange 1 watch family. So far, we have seen been treated to the Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” and Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” models. Now we are getting our first look at the Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”.
A watch that needs no introduction, the Lange 1 was one of the four cornerstone models of the brand’s rebirth in 1994. Over the years it has evolved to become a stand-alone collection in its own right. Four years later, the Little Lange 1 joined the line-up as a permanent member. Identical in almost every way to the original, the Little Lange 1 offers a case that is 1.7mm smaller, a great option for those with smaller (or more slender) wrists.
It stands to reason than that the Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” edition looks exactly the same as its elder sibling. That means a white gold case, measuring a svelte 36.8mm x 9.5mm, paired with a striking argenté-coloured dial in solid silver with deep-blue printed numerals and markers. Recessed matte areas and raised borders around the sub-dials and indications give the new dial a sense of depth and really highlight the exquisite asymmetry of the Lange 1 dial. The numerals of the outsize date display are also blue, and all hands on the dial are in blued steel.
On the reverse, a sapphire caseback offers a view of the gorgeously finished, manually wound calibre L121.1. Introduced into the Little Lange 1 last year – it’s been powering the Lange 1 since 2015 – it boasts an in-house balance and hairspring, and a precisely jumping outsize date display with newly shaped bridges (still with the signature 3/4 plate). Offering 72 hours of power reserve when fully wound, it is comprised of 368 components, including a hand-engraved balance cock with blue accents. There’s no specially engraved hinged caseback on this version but the number “25” appears in blue, relief-engraved in the balance cock as a reminder of the anniversary.
The Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” comes on a blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap with a contrasting seam in grey. It will be limited to just 25 numbered pieces and retail for EUR 35,500. More details at alange-soehne.com.