Continuing on the Lange Summer release story. in addition to the Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskundst which we commented on yesterday, Lange also released new variants to the Langematic Perpetual Calendar and the Saxonia Thin.
Commentary based on press release with exclusive photographs.
Langematic Perpetual Calendar
Retail price is SGD 132,600 inclusive of GST / EUR 91,000 inclusive of German VAT. 50 piece limited edition in each case variant.
The Langematic Perpetual Calendar celebrates 20 years since its introduction. Even at launch, it was breaking new ground by being the first perpetual calendar ever made with a zero reset mechanism for the hacking seconds. It was also the last products presented by Günther Blümlein before his untimely passing in September 2001.
This new release comes in two flavors, previously not presented before. In a white gold case or pink gold case, both combined with a blue dial, each in a 50-watch limited edition. The original release in 2001 had a platinum case with rhodium dial, and a yellow gold in a champagne dial. Launch price was EUR 54,400 in platinum and EUR 44,800 in gold. The new price is EUR 91,000 / SGD 132,600.
The perpetual calendar also brings to mind anrelated, but somewhat interesting anecdote. One which has been told in these pages before, but is worth a repeat. During the unveiling of the Langematic Perpetual in 2001, I was unimpressed with the dial layout of the Langematic Perpetual. I expressed this to Günther Blümlein. “Too common…too similar to the Patek 3940”, I said to him. I challenged to make a perpetual calendar, but to have it in a Lange 1 dial. “Impossible”, he declared…and went on to explain why technically it is impossible to do so. That dream was realized in Geneva on SIHH 2012, when Lange unveils the Lange 1 with a perpetual calendar. The Lange 1 Perpetual was revisited this year as well, with a new movement. And now Lange adds the white gold and pink gold variants to the original Langematic Perpetual.
Retail price is SGD 38,900 / EUR 25,900, both inclusive of relevant government VAT. 50 piece limited edition.
Also with a facelifted dial, is the Saxonia Thin. It is a long held opinion here in Deployant tha the Saxonia Thin is the best value entry level high end watch in the market. This is the non-gold flux dial version, and had a 39mm case in gold. We covered its release with a comprehensive review here. And a comparison with the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119 here.
The use of the gold flux dial is also not new to Lange, having used it in the Saxonia Thin White Gold version with in 2018 with a blue gold flux dial in a 39mm case. And in 2020, Lange release a 50 piece limited edition in white gold with a black gold flux dial in a 40mm case. Gold flux was also used as a dial material by Lange more recently in the Lange 1 Moonphase. The new Saxonia Thin in pink gold with blue gold flux dial is now in a 40mm case.
The movement remains the same L093.1 used in all other variants of the Saxonia thin.