Lange A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are not only timeless and elegant, but also remarkably legible. You can learn more about the work of Lange designers through several sketches of new works. Gerrit Rietveld, a famous designer and architect of the 20th century, believes that design structure and aesthetics do not necessarily conflict with each other. Because of this, Lange’s product designers work closely with movement engineers when they start developing new models. At the beginning of the entire complex process, they must strike a balance between grand ideas and many seemingly insignificant details in order to coordinate different technical, aesthetic, traditional and modern elements.
GRAND LANGE 1’s eccentric display structure refers to the principle of golden section
The dial design alone may take two years from the time of sketching to the completion of the work. Part of the Lange designer’s job is to repeatedly check whether the sketch is effective and feasible. They have to go through a long and arduous road to reach the end, during which they must judge countless different but minute differences. To this end, designers constantly evaluate, compare and discuss in depth, then make corrections. They often work around a difference of a fraction of a millimeter, but this is the only way to find the best design. Even without the famous curved brand logo, these watch designs at a glance are known to be made by ‘Langer’ and still have a profound effect decades later.
Important design elements, such as an asymmetrical dial layout and a large calendar display with two windows, make LANGE 1, which was introduced in 1994, a landmark, unique. This is undoubtedly the most famous model of the Saxony Lange Manufacture. With a dual window date display and eccentric dial structure from the stage clock of the Semper Opera, LANGE 1 sets a new page in design history. The non-overlapping display arrangement shows a harmonious golden ratio. Since ancient times, this has been regarded as a model of aesthetic balance.
In addition to distinctive features, the uniqueness of Lange timepieces often lies in subtle details. These elements include exquisitely carved lugs, elegantly shaped willow-shaped hands, engraved lettering, or the fusion of case materials and dial colors. The several frames of Lange’s designer’s 2013 new work sketches once again prove that Lange’s watch factory successfully integrated timeless design and brand awareness into the work.
The latest GRAND LANGE 1 model features a black solid silver dial that contrasts with the elegant white 18K gold case. Its luminous hands and gold-plated rhodium-plated insert scale make the time and power reserve display clear and easy to read in the dark. The black alligator strap and Lange solid white 18K gold pin buckle make the eye-catching black and white design even more prominent.
GRAND LANGE 1: Black and White
For nearly 20 years, the secrets displayed by Lange’s proprietary large calendar have been buried beneath a solid silver dial. Today, the GRAND LANGE 1 ‘Lumen’ demonstrates this complex installation for the first time. Now through the translucent sapphire crystal dial part, you can see the display of the first luminous large calendar. At midnight, when the switching cycle ends, the transparent black digital circle will rotate in front of the glowing rectangular background to increase the brightness of the date display. GRAND LANGE 1 ‘Lumen’ presents a limited edition of 200 platinum cases, showing the extraordinary technology and design of the watch.
GRAND LANGE 1 ‘Lumen’: the mystery of luminescence
The 1815 watch series exhibits a stylish and elegant character, making it the pinnacle of watchmaking. The new 1815 UP / DOWN has a separate dial at 8 o’clock, indicating the remaining power reserve of 72 hours. The shape of this display is in keeping with the Lange tradition. The words ‘AUF’ and ‘AB’ above represent fully wound and completely unwound, respectively. Arabic numerals, blued-steel hands, train track minute scales, and symmetrically arranged power reserve and running seconds dials all recall the design principles of Lange’s famous pocket watches.
1815 UP / DOWN: Reproducing Pocket Watch Design
The research and development goal of SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR is to arrange many different displays in a clear and balanced manner. The dial incorporates a stick-shaped hour scale, a concise minute scale, and a symmetrically arranged calendar indication. Other features include the brand’s famous willow-shaped hands, and a large, easy-to-read, Lange calendar display with dual windows. The whole concept is based on modern design principles, bringing out the essence of aesthetics through function and visual effects. This year’s model with a cool and shiny platinum 950 case and silver-gray dial fully reflects three major design elements: purity, clarity, and charm.
SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR: Pure, clear and charming
Lange timepieces combine two major characteristics: blending outstanding craftsmanship with timeless elegance. The new SAXONIA AUTOMATIC is determined to achieve the perfect balance between technology, craftsmanship and design. This model is also inlaid with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds. The solid silver dial with diamond-set bezels complements the delicate, solid white 18K or rose gold case. The L086.1 self-winding movement is only 3.7 mm thick, making it the thinnest movement in the Lange Manufacture.
SAXONIA AUTOMATIC: Blinking elegance
When Ferdinand A. Lange founded his watchmaking factory in 1845, it also laid the foundation stone for the watch industry in Saxony. His precision pocket watches are still sought after by collectors around the world. After the Second World War, Lange’s century-old foundation was expropriated and confiscated by the East German regime. The great-grandson of the founder, Walter Lange, seized the opportunity and began the revival of Lange in 1990. Today, Lange produces only thousands of gold or platinum 950 watches representing the highest quality each year. All are equipped with an exclusive movement carefully modified and assembled by hand. Within 20 years, Lange has developed more than 40 watch-manufactured movements, leading the world’s leading watch brand. The brand is fruitful, introducing different innovative timing tools, such as LANGE 1 with the first large calendar display in general watches, and LANGE ZEITWERK with clear, easy-to-read, accurate word skipping devices. These two watches have also become Lange’s signature models.