For the month of August, we come to the 8th (of 10) limited edition release of the Lange 1 family this year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Lange 1 in 1994. The latest to hit the list is a 25 piece limited edition of the Daymatic, in the same signature 25th Anniversary colour schema.
The Daymatic was first released in 2010. Here is our take on the regular edition: Review Lange 1 Daymatic.
Models of the “25th Anniversary” collection launched so far
- Lange 1 191.066 250 watches January 2019 (SIHH)
- Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 139.066 25 watches February 2019
- Little Lange 1 181.066 25 watches March 2019
- Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar 720.066 25 watches April 2019
- Lange 1 Timezone 116.066 25 watches May 2019
- Lange 1 Moon Phase 192.066 25 watches July 2019
- Grand Lange 1 117.066 25 watches July 2019
- Lange 1 Daymatic 320.066 25 watches August 2019
- with two more to go!
Identical yet different. At first sight, the Lange 1 Daymatic looks like a typical Lange 1. Nonetheless, it differs from the manually wound original in a key aspect: its asymmetrical dial was mirrored. The hours and minutes have been shifted to the right, the subsidiary seconds and the outsize date to the left. The power-reserve indicator of the Lange 1, located adjacent to the crown, has been replaced in the Lange 1 Daymatic with a retrograde day-of-week display on the opposite side. This is based on the realisation that in a self-winding watch, the weekday information is more relevant than the current state of wind. Additionally, the day of-week display ideally complements the outsize date.
The special features of the Lange 1 Daymatic “25th Anniversary” include a white-gold case with a diameter of 39.5 millimetres and an argenté coloured, recessed dial with blued steel hands. The inscriptions, including the numerals of the Lange outsize date, echo the blue hue of the hands. A blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap with a solid white-gold buckle underscores the two-colour concept.
The self-winding L021.1 manufacture calibre has a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. A large central rotor with a peripheral centrifugal mass in platinum efficiently provides ample winding power. It rotates above the decorated movement and hence reveals Glashütte ribbing, perlage and other finishing techniques. Relying on a Lange balance spring, the indexless oscillation system is adjusted with six cams on the balance rim. The handengraved Lange-style balance cock of the “25th Anniversary” edition stands out with a special detail: set to 25, the iconic Lange outsize date is engraved in the floral pattern filled with blue.