A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary’: Review And SpecsWritten by Melissa Kong
Because good things come in small packages.
Following the 25th Anniversary editions of the Lange 1 and Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, the third model - out of 10 - to receive the birthday treatment is the Little Lange 1. Unveiled in 1998, four years after the brand’s resurrection, the Little Lange 1 has cemented its place in the collection as a daintier version of the original, ideal for ladies or men with really slender wrists.
Just last year, the Little Lange 1 was outfitted in dove grey, chocolate and burgundy hues, and fitted with a new manual-winding movement—the Calibre L121.1, featuring a precisely jumping outsize date display and a large cam-poised balance with a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. Armed with a power reserve of 72 hours, courtesy of a twin mainspring barrel, the Calibre L121.1 also drives the new Little Lange 1 ‘25th Anniversary’ this year.
In keeping with the anniversary theme, the watch bears the same argenté-coloured dial in solid silver, paired with blue hands, numerals and markers. On the reverse, you’ll see a hand-engraved balance cock with the number ‘25’, just like the previous anniversary models.
To finish off, a hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap with grey seams is the perfect complement to the 36.8mm white gold case. Numbered and limited to 25 pieces, the Little Lange 1 may be small, but make no mistake, it is a veritable timepiece packed with substance and more than holds its own alongside its bigger brothers.
|36.8mm white gold|
|Solid silver, argenté|
Manufacture Calibre L121.1
|Hand-stitched blue alligator leather with grey seam|
|Hours, minutes, small seconds with stop seconds, Lange outsize date, Up/Down power reserve indicator|
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".