Celebrating anniversaries is quite exciting in the haute horology world, you get to see landmark renditions of past glories and A. Lange & Söhne is no exception to this. We recently discussed the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar 25th Anniversary Watch, one of the ten watches that mark the Lange 1 anniversary series is for frequent travelers. And today we will look at the Lange 1 Time Zone 25th Anniversary watch.
We all know that the Lange 1 is the foundation of this Saxon brand’s collection and on the 24th of October, 1994, when the series made its debut and captivated us with its asymmetric dial and hallmark outsize date. Making its presence known as the fifth model, the Lange 1 Time Zone, a white gold GMT watch is crafted for frequent travelers. A quick recap, the first four models include the classic Lange 1 in white gold which includes an engraved dust cover, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, the Little Lange 1, and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
The Lange 1 Time Zone is very similar to the model that debuted in 2005. The current model features a white gold case that has a silver dial and blue markings. Limited to only 25 watches, the timepieces look fab in the blue-printed argenté-coloured dial and blued hands. While the overall appeal of silver and blue work perfectly, I like the fact that two critical terms are marked in a distinctive red color: the word GMT between Azores and Berlin and the two dots of power reserve indicator- warning you to wind the watch.
Reading the time for a home timezone and another country’s timezone is easy. The local time is read via the hours and minutes on the larger disc on the left of the watch. You can set the time for this using the crown. The home time is set at the disc found at the 5 o’clock spot. The cities around the globe are placed on the outer ring of the dial, and the arrow at 5 o’clock on the smaller disc indicates the name of one of the 24 cities. You can adjust this setting via the pusher found at the 8 o’clock spot, and in turn also set the time on the subsidiary disc.
Day and night is indicated by a small arrow-shaped indicator that moves in a circular fashion, with half its circumference in blue (indicating night-time). Under the 41.9mm case is the hand-finished manual-winding manufacture calibre L031.1. You can admire this creation via the sapphire crystal caseback. Providing us with 72 hours of power reserve, the watch is a good catch for globetrotters and is available for $59,000.