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Watches And Wonders 2021: A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in pink gold

First impressions of the latest novelties from A. Lange & Söhne.

Always measured with new offerings that do just enough to whet our appetites, A. Lange & Söhne loads up on heavyweight complications for 2021 while adding a long-awaited new member to the Little Lange 1 family.

Grabbing headlines for the German brand this year is the Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar. Lange’s first wristwatch with outsized date to feature only the perpetual calendar since 2001’s Langematik Perpetual, the new Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar joins an illustrious range of Lange 1 complications that brandish both inimitable design and mechanical brilliance. Also, as previous Lange 1 with perpetual calendars come paired with other complications such as tourbillons and chronographs, the latest model’s singular complication will sate the desires of fans who long for a no-frills perpetual calendar.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in pink goldA. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in pink gold

The perpetual calendar displays utilised on earlier iterations such as the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar are again employed to good effect here. The month indicator circling the dial flange, retrograde day display, leap year window at six o’clock, moonphase integrated to the small seconds sub-dial, and signature outsized date are well-worked into the iconic Lange 1 design, while offering all the pertinent information in clear and concise read-offs.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in white goldA. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in white gold

Driving the Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar is the automatic Calibre L021.3 with 21K gold rotor and 50-hour power reserve. Meantime, the perpetual calendar mechanism, which is programmed to be accurate until 2100 (though the displays can be adjusted via correctors), features a patented movement architecture that integrates the complication with the Lange 1’s off-centred displays. The watch comes in two stylish variations that will surely elevate your wrist game: pink gold with grey dial, and a 150-piece limited edition in white gold with pink dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split in pink goldA. Lange & Söhne Triple Split in pink gold

Lange’s second technical heavy hitter for the year is a new variation of the Triple Split that was introduced in 2018. A chronograph on steroids, the Triple Split was the world’s first mechanical wristwatch that lets you measure split timings to as long as 12 hours. Powered by the mind-boggling hand-wound Calibre L132.1 with 567 parts, the Triple Split is one of Lange’s most technically out-there creations. This year, the watch rocks up as a 100-piece limited edition in pink gold with royal blue dial, a decidedly flashier option compared to the original in white gold and grey dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase in white gold

Finally, the Little Lange 1 makes a rare appearance with the new Little Lange 1 Moon Phase. An exquisite hand-wound moonphase complication that requires no adjustment for 122.6 years, the white gold watch features a captivating new dial in midnight blue, coated with gold flux that shimmers with the subtlest iridescence. It is a literal, yet magical, transposing of a starlit sky on a watch that suits the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase – and legions of women Lange fans - perfectly.


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