America’s luxury watch event, WatchTime New York, continues today, and Germany’s A. Lange & Söhne, one of the 30 exhibiting watch brands, has brought to the U.S. for the first time a quartet of new, blue-dialed timepieces that wowed the crowd at Gotham Hall. Here’s a closer look.
The deep “Prussian blue” dials adorn new versions of the Lange 1, Lange 1 Daymatic, Saxonia, and Saxonia Automatic. All four models are in white gold cases and contain manufacture movements, adorned with polished hands and rhodiumed gold appliques that provide a stark and pleasing contrast with the azure dials, all made from solid silver. All are mounted on dark-blue alligator straps with solid white-gold buckles.
The Lange 1, widely regarded as the flagship of the Saxon brand’s collection, has a 38.5-mm case and is equipped with the manually-winding Caliber L121.1, which powers the hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds indication as well as an indicator for the watch’s 72 hour power reserve and the model’s hallmark “outsize” date.
The Lange 1 DayMatic is the self-winding, slightly bigger brother to the Lange 1, with a 39.5-mm-dianeter case and driven by the automatic Caliber L021.1, whose power reserve is 60 hours. Instead of the power reserve indicator — not as important in an automatic watch — the DayMatic adds a retrograde day-of-the-week display to the timekeeping and outsize date functions.
The case of the Saxonia, another of Lange’s most storied models, is a more discreet (some might say feminine) 35 mm in diameter and only 7.3 mm thick. It is powered by the manual-winding Caliber L941.1, which stores 45 hours of power when fully wound. Its elegantly simple dial displays only the hours and minutes on central hands and seconds on a subdial at 6 o’clock.
Like the DayMatic, the Automatic version of the Saxonia has a slightly larger case diameter (38.5 mm, but only slightly thicker, at 7.8 mm) and a self-winding movement (Caliber L086.1). The movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and, like all the other movements in the new blue-dial models, is equipped with a stop-seconds function and features the array of decorative finishes for which Lange has become well known, all on display through sapphire crystal casebacks in each watch.