How hard should it be to restore a symbol, to develop what individuals think to be outstanding amongst other at any point created watches, quite possibly the most recognizable watches of the whole business? The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 is one of those symbols that you don’t want to change because each and every detail is simply great and so deliberate that changing would conceivably destroy the entire equilibrium of its design. Nonetheless, for 2015, there is another Lange 1 and as it is available from now in stores, let’s have a more profound glance at what the Saxonian manufacture changed, improved (or conceivably deteriorated).
We want first to reassure the aficionados and gatherers, the changes are extremely, unobtrusive – at least for the visual side. Since its launch in 1994 for the resurrection of the brand – on the 24 October 1994 to be exact – the Lange 1 is such an alien (relatively speaking) in the extremely classical field of German watchmaking. While the vast majority of watches came with central hands and a small date window, the Lange 1 featured a helter-skelter hour/minute dial, a small second sub dial, a large date (outsize date as Lange named it) and a large force hold indicator. In any case, as strange this layout could appear at first, all indications were positioned according to the harmonious extents of the brilliant area, creating in the end a very balanced dial. As we said, be reassured, this won’t change on the new Lange 1. The updates are minimal, at least for the plan (we’ll get back on the mechanical side in the second part).
Let’s get straight to the reality: the new A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 is at 99.99% similar to the more seasoned version (along these lines to the 1994 plan) and nothing had been deteriorated or, then again, really improved, which is, in our own assessment, a phenomenal decision. As said, the Lange 1 is a symbol – a youthful one without a doubt – yet a real piece of horological pleasantness perceived by the most hardcore gatherers (even those completely faithful to Rolex or Patek) as extraordinary compared to other present day creations ever.
Comparing the upgraded one (on the left side) and the more seasoned one (on the correct side) is very similar to seeing two twins. Right away, there is not much. Both the case, the drags, their curvature, the crown, the completing of the surfaces, the layout, the extents, the hands, the lists, the situation of each and every engraving are identical. Notwithstanding, after a nearby and careful examination, we can spot two small differences:
- The bezel: the bezel of the new release of the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 is only a smidgen more slender (we’re talking about 0.0x mm here). Regardless of whether this update can feel like being trivial (and in the event that it will be incredibly hard to perceive any distinction without having the two versions one next to the other), let’s say that the more established will certainly feel a touch more vigorous while the upgraded one will open somewhat more its dial.
- The logo: same comment as for the bezel… The name of the brand at 12 is simply a smidgen extraordinary, with a text style somewhat narrower, somewhat less articulated. Indeed, the visual impact is incredibly unobtrusive and won’t be felt at the outset. It will just probably give a touch a greater amount of elegance to the overall dial.
The rest remains exactly the same, meaning a 38.5mm case (rather small compared to actual standards however in fact the ideal size for a dress watch) that alternates between cleaned flat surfaces and brushed casebands. The shape of the case is also moderated (no compelling reason to improve something that is clearly a triumph). The 2015 version of the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 is available (for the occasion) in 3 releases – the 18k white gold version will certainly continue in the coming months/years.
- 18k yellow gold with strong silver, champagne dial with yellow gold hands and light earthy colored strap – ref. 191.021 – price: 29.800 Euros
- 18k rose gold with strong silver, argenté dial with rose gold hands and dark earthy colored strap (the one photographed here) – ref. 191.032 – price: 29.800 Euros
- 950 platinum with strong silver, rhodié dial with rhodiumed gold hands and black strap – ref. 191.025 – price: 42.300 Euros
As seen, there’s nothing enormous, visually speaking, to zero in on. The watch we cherished is as yet unchanged and its prosperity won’t be vitiated by any valuable concessions to marketing reason (a greater case, diamonds, strange pattern on the dial…). The Lange 1 is, in 2015, the same as in 1994 and that’s something we’re not going to complain about. In any case, this leads to the topic of why having another model? The answer is taken cover behind the dial: a brand new, completely in-house movement.
How to perceive a great architect? Is it the one able to create complicated things or the one that can make complicated things basic and easy to utilize? Indeed, the answer is obviously to make things that are complicated easier to utilize and to construct. It’s just what A. Lange & Sohne did with the 2015 version of the Lange 1. Regardless of whether the indications displayed by the Lange 1 are very basic (time, small second, date and force hold – nothing amazingly complicated here, especially when you know the sort of crazy watches that the Saxonian manufacture can create), its unique layout makes the situating of the various gears very troublesome, mainly because nothing is classically arranged (in fact, not single indication is the place where it should be on a typical watch). In any case, without changing the famous display, A. Lange & Sohne carries a brand new development to the Lange 1 – and a smart one to be true.
When comparing the two developments, it’s easy to see that we’re before two completely various motors. Exclusively by a brief glance, we can already spot two main contrasts. The first comes from the situation of the balance wheel (close to the crown in the 2015 release and on the contrary side in the more established version). This detail has in fact a larger impact than anticipated and simply by changing the situation of the balance, the entire architecture is reestablished. At that point comes the shape of the 3/4 plate, presently full and not opened by two sub-spans like in the more established Lange 1.
Before talking about details – and there are many of them to explain – let’s first see what doesn’t change. The overall look is rather similar, with a 3/4 architecture (meaning that the whole gear train and the barrels are encased behind a solitary large plate that covers almost totally the development – a typically German way to construct development that is known for its great strength). The solitary obvious parts (on the two versions) are the balance haggle balance spring, the escape wheel, the switch, the chicken extension (engraved) and the switch connect. The finishings on the two developments are equally brilliant and made in the same style: untreated German silver plate with screwed gold chatons (with blued screws), Glashütte ribs and painstakingly cleaned angles. The two developments are wonderful (regardless of whether the upgraded one appears to be somewhat easier to complete without those two sub-bridges).
The specification sheet also brings a few hints as the old L901.1 development measures 30.4mm x 5.9mm while the new L121.1 measures 30.6mm x 5.7mm. There’s obviously no frequency of these measurements working on this issue that remains the same on the two versions. Be that as it may, these new measurements and the new situation of the balance wheel incite several major updates:
- A new in-house balance wheel. The older A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 featured a rethought and classical balance wheel with screws on the edge and with a swan’s neck regulator. The new Lange 1 comes with A. Lange & Sohne own free sprung balance in chronometric quality. It features 6 capricious balancing loads – while screwing or unscrewing these loads, you can adjust the diameter of the balance haggle the rate. The old swan’s neck regulator is replaced by a visually identical part in the new version, which is in fact a mechanism to adjust the attachment purpose of the balance spring.
- A completely unique layout of the movement. As said, the 3/4 plate and the balance wheel are presently distinctively situated, with a full scaffold on the top (no more openings) and a balance wheel that is located close to the crown (inverse side on the more seasoned Lange 1). This basic rotation of the development, which would be irrelevant in a classical time-just watch with central hands, has here a tremendous rate in general development of the development. Because all the indications are unbalanced, the gear train is also explicit and not situated like in every normal watch (the Lange 1 isn’t work around a display-module attached to a normal development however around a completely integrated caliber). In this way, rotating the development means changing the entire arrangement of the gear train. Yet, A. Lange & Sohne’s engineers are sharp and this move allows having a easier development of the development. On the off chance that you look carefully, you’ll see that the small second indicator and the fourth wheel (the one that is soon after the escape haggle running the seconds) are presently situated one on top of the other. It means that the small-second is driven straightforwardly by the fourth wheel. Prior to that, the small-second and the fourth wheel where situated on inverse sides of the watch, meaning that the old Lange 1 featured a complicated additional gear train to transfer energy to the small-second (and that you can figure placed under the bean-shaped sub-connect). The situation of the key components appear to be more logical in the 2015 release of the Lange 1 – for certain constructive outcomes, like an easier help, a potentially greater reliability and an easier adjustment. For the rest, the specs remain unchanged, as for example a twofold mainspring barrel that gives 72 hours of force reserve.
- A new date mechanism. Regardless of whether the outsize date remains visually the same, it currently features a brisk change mechanism that makes an instant seize 12 PM (and not a sluggish move like in the more seasoned A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1).
- A small yet cunning feature… When the force drops to nothing and when the watch stops to run, the second hand automatically stops at zero as well, allowing for an exact adjustment when injuring the watch again.
All these details are extremely unobtrusive and zeroed in on a solitary goal: creating a watch far and away superior to its archetype, a watch technically (almost) awesome. We say almost ideal for a basic reason. Regardless of whether we couldn’t locate any major defaults to the past edition, A. Lange & Sohne achieved to address some that we never spotted, creating a much more desirable watch. It makes us believe that everything can be improved, even the mechanisms that we thought to be amazing – and as near the perfection this 2015 version is, the magnificent architects at Lange will certainly figure out how to improve it again and again – and without deteriorating a so-notable design.
If you want to go much more profound in the set of experiences and technical facts of the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1, you can have a glance at our top to bottom audit of the more seasoned version here .