A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

The Saxonia Thin has been part of the A. Lange & Söhne collection since 2011, and since then a number of different versions have been introduced. This year’s piece is a 39-millimetre watch, just 6.2 mm thick. Its size makes it accessible to both men and women, and the aventurine glass dial, deep blue strewn…

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”reference 297.021 in yellow gold

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Homage to Walter Lange

Which was the best watch at SIHH 2018? Looking at the photo below, it may seem surprising to see a watch like this amongst the top watches at the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie. It has a classical dial and it doesn’t do anything revolutionary. But, when I was looking at the 1815 “Homage…

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 35 mm

It’s typical of A. Lange & Söhne that the view through the caseback is far more showy than what you see on the front. The slim case and narrow bezel highlight the wide open space of the mother-of-pearl dial, where everything is reduced to the minimum. Turn it over and you see the engraved balance…

Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite

This complication watch, Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite, by A. Lange & Söhne has a fusée-and-chain constant force transmission, a tourbillon, a split-second chronograph, and a perpetual calendar. It completes the Pour le Mérite line of development: the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was launched in 1994, the first wristwatch with both tourbillon and fusée-and-chain transmission, and…

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike

A. Lange & Söhne make some of the most distinctive, rare and unusual watches in the world. The Zeitwerk Decimal Strike is a good example, a limited edition of 100 watches, with the jumping hours and minutes indications already seen on the Zeitwerk introduced in 2009, and on the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater presented in 2015.…

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar

Watches today are becoming chunkier and more colourful, moving away from the appearance typical of a functional, scientific, practical timepiece. This is not the case for A. Lange & Söhne, whose watches retain their timeless, sober style, and, whatever their value, remain pieces that could be worn during everyday life without raising eyebrows. They are…

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31

In 2007, when it was introduced, the Lange 31 was the world record holder for power reserve in a mechanical watch, reaching 31 days, 744 hours. Since then, other watches have exceeded this, but the Lange 31 is still the watch with a classic case design having the highest power reserve. It’s large, 46 mm…

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase

I saw this watch on the morning of 17 January 2017, at the watch show SIHH in Geneva, at a presentation that began on a sad note because the A. Lange & Söhne representative began by announcing that their company founder, Walter Lange, had passed away earlier that morning at the age of 92. The…

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Just writing about a watch by A. Lange & Söhne gives me gooseflesh. Their pieces have a combination of technical creativity, watchmaking artistry and aesthetic discretion that is second to none. From the front, you have no idea of the marvels inside, and even when you turn it over, there are just a few beguiling…

A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Auf/Ab

This year’s version of the Datograph Auf/Ab by A. Lange & Söhne, originally presented in platinum in 2012, has a pink gold case, 41 mm in diameter, 13.1 mm thick, and a black silver dial. The name Auf/Ab (Up/Down) refers to the power reserve indicator at the bottom of the dial, which points to Auf…

A. Lange & Söhne

Company profile: Glashütte was originally a glassmaking centre (glaβ, glass, hütte, foundry), but the discovery of silver, and later iron ore in 1490, marked the start of mining . The years of prosperity under Augustus the Strong (1674-1733) who helped transform Dresden into a city of art, culture and industry, were brought to an end…

Top ten watches at SIHH 2015

SIHH (19-23 January 2015) is the first major watch show of the year, and even though it includes just 16 brands, all part of the Richemont group, it provides some indications on trends and developments in the watch industry. The brands exhibiting at SIHH were A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier,…

The SIHH 2015 preview watches

Not long now to SIHH, the watch fair grouping 16 brands, starting on 19 January in Geneva. It’s the first watch show of the year and so provides an indication of the latest trends. Some of the things that visitors will be wondering include the effects that the recent Swiss franc currency variation will have…

Top ten minute repeater watches 2014

This article on the best minute repeater watches 2014 looks at timepieces that tell the time by chimes as well as by the usual hour and minute hands. They are complicated and very expensive. They are nearly always limited editions because, even though the luxury market continues to thrive and the number of millionaires in…

SIHH preview, A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

All watches are interesting as tiny marvels of engineering, but a few brands have something extra in their DNA that turns their company history into a story worthy of a Hollywood film. A. Lange & Söhne is one of those brands. Founded in 1845 in Glashütte, near Dresden in Germany, over the course of a…

Which is the best dress watch?

Twenty classical-style watches that look perfect with black tie dress. Men’s dress watches are generally fairly minimalist, with just hour, minute and second functions, perhaps a date window, uncluttered dials, an overall sense of balance, and thin enough to slip under a shirt cuff. This means a thickness of max 10 mm or just over…

A. Lange & Söhne and the moon

Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, reference 139.025 August the Strong, Elector of Saxony, founded Europe’s first collection of scientific instruments, the “art chamber” in Dresden, in 1728, and it is now the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in the Zwinger building, Dresden. For many years, it was a research institution, and the local time for Dresden was set…