When it comes to Lange seldom do, we look at timepieces from the Saxonia range but when we do you know that it is rather special, such as the gorgeous Langematik Perpetual – a timepiece for collectors and aficionados alike that expect nothing less than perfection from their perpetual calendar timepiece. This new Saxonia outsize date is a piece that is as much about German efficiency and precision as it is about balance and elegance. The new Saxonia outsize date that is now available with an argenté-coloured dial. The Lange outsize date and subsidiary seconds in a symmetric arrangement underscore the prominent look of a watch that combines technical refinement with formal harmony.
The name SAXONIA refers to the rather impressive history of Saxony. The region in south-east Germany leveraged its inventiveness and imagination as an early pioneer in the country’s industrialisation. Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the architect of Saxon fine watchmaking, also contributed to the reputation of the state with his exclusive and innovative pocket watches, many of which we have seen when we visited the Lange manufactory. Till this day, Lange still hold on to their founders philosophy to persistently improve mechanisms and thus make them more precise.
The Saxonia outsize date, has been created in true Lange style and embraces numerous design details – such as the chamfered and polished solid-gold baton appliques. The outsize date is another typical element featured in the launch of the first wristwatch collection in 1994, which included the first Saxonia model. The elegance of the dial is continued with the baton markers being nicely paired with Alpha hands marking the hours and minutes. The case measures a very comfortable 38.5 mm and is only 9.6 mm in thickness that features highly polished bezel and lugs, with the standard Lange brushed case band. The case is available in white-gold or pink-gold and exhibits what one would definitely call classic proportions.
At the heart of the new Saxonia outsize date is Lange’s, hand finished, calibre L086.1, which features a bidirectional delicately embossed large central rotor with a centrifugal mass in platinum ensuring efficient winding. This mass builds up the maximum power reserve of 72 hours after only a short time on the wrist. Details of the meticulously finished movement, such as Glashütte ribbing, blued screws, circular graining and of course the hand-engraved balance cock, that can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back. The finissage of the tiny movement parts with lavish polishes and exquisite decorations corresponds to the high artisanal standards for which A. Lange & Söhne is known for.
As you’ll most likely know when it comes to Lange, one of their most identifiable traits is the attention to detail invested in finissage, which has been nicely balanced with technology and craftsmanship. Assembled by hand twice, the self- winding manufacture calibre of the Saxonia outsize date is an impressive example. It is based on the calibre L086.1 of the Saxonia automatic. Due to the complex date mechanism, the number of parts increased to 286, up from 209 in the basic movement. The extraordinary design features two separate display surfaces for the units and tens that are at least twice as large as in watches of a comparable size. This significantly enhances legibility.
The Saxonia outsize date is the quintessence of precision and is in my opinion arguably one of the finest time-only watches in the business. There are a lot of minute details to admire, none more so than the clean aesthetics that makes it a little more alluring.
The new Saxonia Outsize Date with argenté dial is available in pink or white-gold for approx. £23,500. For more information on the new Saxonia Outsize Date, visit alange-soehne.com.