LANGE 1 was one of the four watches that A. Lange & Söhne presented on 24th of October 1994. An important date in the German’s watchmaking history and one of the most important milestones for the brand. Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein made history that day. This year, A. Lange & Söhne celebrates 25 years from that moment with special anniversary pieces. The A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” is one of them. It was presented at SIHH 2019, where I was able to have it in my hands. Since rivers of ink were spilt and an unnumbered amount of bytes have travelled on the Internet, I will restrain myself from praising once again the LANGE 1 and the prominent German brand. Certain is the level of watchmaking presented by A. Lange & Söhne is high. Very high! The amount and level of finishes are ones of the best available. Of course, the LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” makes no exception.
A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary”
I will present to you my favourite angles. The entire gallery is available at the end of the article, after the technical specification paragraph.
Please note the elegant lance hands that are hand manufactured and finished.
Note the Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein mention. An ode to two special persons. One of them, Günter Blümlein shaped the world of watches. Besides A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC have flourished with him in charge. Without him, the mechanical horological world would have been sad and empty.
Some notes will be available in the gallery. Enjoy!
LANGE 1 “25th Anniversary” Ref. 191.066 Technical Specifications
Lange manufacture calibre L121.1, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand.
No. of jewels
Screwed gold chatons
Shock-resistant cam-poised balance; balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
72 hours when fully wound
Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; power-reserve indicator; jumping Lange outsize date
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; push piece for rapid correction of the outsize date
Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 10.7 millimetres
Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 5.7 millimetres
Glass and caseback
Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
White gold; cuvette in white gold with engraving
Solid silver, argenté
Hand-stitched alligator leather, dark blue, grey stitching
White-gold prong buckle
250 watches, engraved limitation number
*Recommended retail price in Germany including VAT. Non-binding quotation, prices subject to change.