Today, at the Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong, A. Lange & Söhne have just introduced five different Lange 1 20th Anniversary sets. These commemorative sets, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, comprise a Lange 1 and a Little Lange 1, each with a gorgeous hand-crafted guilloché dial. COLLECTORS, PAY ATTENTION : there are just 20 sets in each colour!
The new sets each comprise a normal-sized Lange 1 (that means 38,5 mm in diameter) and a mid-size Lange, which measures 36.1 mm in diameter. The latter has 64 brilliant-cut diamonds (Top Wesselton, VVS, 0.8 ct) set onto the bezel. There are five case/dial variations: platinum/black, platinum/rhodié, white-gold/blue, pink-gold/argenté and pink-gold/black, and each variation is limited to 20 sets. Enough to chose from, if you’re looking for a his & hers Lange 1, however we’re sure they will be sold out in a jiffy.
In the first 20 years of its existence, the Lange 1 appeared in a smaller size before: the Petit Lange 1 Soiree, which was adorned with diamonds and featured a mother-of-pearl dial. And yes, there have been normal-sized Lange 1’s with a gulloché dial as well. There was the Lange 1 Soirée that did not have any glittering stones, however it came with a guilloché MOP dial. And there was the Lange 1A, which can be considered as a true collector’s dream. That one was issued in 1998, to commemorate the inauguration of the second Lange manufactory building, and was a limited edition of 100 watches in yellow gold with an 18-carat yellow gold guilloché.
And also in today’s newly announced Lange 1 20th Anniversary sets the main attraction is the dial, now in solid-silver, that is guilloched by hand.
In both the Lange 1 and the Little Lange 1 ticks the manufacture calibre L901.0; a beautifully finished manually wound movement, that is visible through the sapphire crystal in the caseback.The signature three-quarter main plate, made in German silver that is adorned by Glashütte ribbing (the German variant of the better-known Côte de Genève) and features in gold set chatons, heat-blued screws and of course hand-engraved balance cock, a typical A. Lange & Söhne treat. The twin main spring barrels boast 72 hours, or three days, of power reserve when fully wound, and it’s mechanical heart beats at the rhythm of 3 Hz (21,600 vph.) As a hint to the limitation AND the 20th anniversary of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, the balance cock is now engraved with the number 20.
Retail price in the US will be $98,100 USD for each of the pink gold sets, $100,500 USD for the white gold set and $122,900 USD for each of the platinum sets. Lange & Söhne have chosen a very nice way to celebrate their first born, and I would not be amazed if the 5 x 20 sets will all be spoken for, before the Watches & Wonders fair ends. Which is you favourite colour?
More info: www.alange-soehne.com