Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

The crowns on both watches are fairly easy to grasp. Very little force is needed to operate them. The somewhat larger crown on the Calatrava, combined with this watch’s slimness, means the winding button lies very close to the wrist. If you like to wear your watch low on your wrist, the crown might press uncomfortably against the back of your hand. Furthermore, the domed back gives this watch a tendency to shift position. The Saxonia fits more comfortably on the wrist, not solely because its crown is smaller, but also because its back is flat and its lugs are mounted very low. All this helps to prevent slippage on the wrist.

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia sideview

Both watches are quite thin, with overall heights slightly less than 8 mm. The Calatrava looks even slimmer than the Saxonia, which has a more highly domed bezel. Both designs master the juxtaposition of satin-finished and polished surfaces on the flanks.

Both watches have hand-sewn, crocodile leather straps with cut edges and are of excellent quality. The Patek Philippe strap shines with glossy clear lacquer, while the Lange one has a matte finish.

Each strap has a simple prong buckle, in keeping with the watches’ overall minimalist design. A folding clasp is more elaborate and doesn’t necessarily enhance wearing comfort. Patek Philippe facets its prong very beautifully, but merely bends it around the crosspiece. The polished buckle is a good match for the watch and is instantly identifiable as being from Patek Philippe. Lange mills its prong from a solid block of precious metal and reinforces the buckle with an additional crossbar. The strap is guided through the buckle so that it scarcely needs to be bent; the clasp and strap fit closely on the wrist. The name “Lange” appears on the buckle in clear, capital letters.

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Comments

  1. Nick Lerescu says:

    Excellent article filled with many useful details. Having visited both manufactures, with an Advantage Tours group of high grade watch aficionados, I concur with the author regarding the amount of time dedicated to finishing the movements. In my opinion the lack of an exhibition back at Calatrava is a pro rather than a con. Final thought: Every time one sees a comparison between two luxury watches, one of them is a Patek. Coincidence? I think not.

    Nick Lerescu

  2. Jonathan Ziegler says:

    Great compare + you assumed the bold position of granting the photo-finish to Lange.

    However, I am curious why you did a two-off comparison and did not include the Piaget equivalent, the Altiplano? Despite it being a micro-rotor automatic, it certainly has a similar price-point and perhaps could have been included.

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