Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Lange 1, A. Lange & Söhne are introducing no fewer than ten anniversary models to its most iconic watch collection. The first, presented at SIHH, was the base Lange 1. This was followed by the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase in February. The Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” in white gold is the third edition of this series.
Like its predecessors, it features an argenté-coloured dial in solid silver with deep-blue printed numerals and markers, blue date numerals, and a hand-engraved balance cock with blue accents. Even the relief-engraved number “25” that graces the balance cock as a reminder of the anniversary is blue. The blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap with a contrasting seam in grey pairs tastefully with the watch.
First launched in 1998, the Little Lange 1 was, and continues to be, the smallest member of the Lange 1 family. Its case diameter is 1.7 millimetres smaller than that of the classic Lange 1. But in terms of design and functionality facets, it corresponds with the original. This includes the off-centre dial with the typical Lange outsize date and the UP/DOWN power-reserve indicator. For technical reasons, the push piece for correcting the outsize date is recessed, which isn’t the case in the classic Lange 1.
In 2018, the Little Lange 1 was fitted with the newly designed, manually wound calibre L121.1 that also runs in the anniversary model. It features a precisely jumping outsize date display as well as a large cam-poised balance with a freely oscillating Lange balance spring. The twin mainspring barrel delivers power for 72 hours.
The Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” is priced at EUR35,500.
Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L121.1, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock with a blue-filled engraving
Movement parts: 368
Screwed gold chatons: 8
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant cam-poised balance; balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Functions: Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; Lange outsize date; UP/DOWN power-reserve indicator
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; push piece for correcting the outsize date
Case dimensions: Diameter: 36.8 millimetres; height: 9.5 millimetres
Movement dimensions: Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 5.7 millimetres
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Case: White gold
Dial: Solid silver, argenté
Hands: Blued steel
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather, blue, grey seam
Clasp: White gold prong buckle
Limited edition: 25 watches, engraved limitation number