Exclusive edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE debuts
On 25 October 2016, A. Lange & Söhne presented a special edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE in honey gold. The date is no coincidence. It recalls the presentation of the first Lange collection 22 years ago in the Dresden residential palace – and features a subtle detail of the limited 100-watch edition: on the rotating city ring, Central European Time is represented by Dresden.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE in honey gold 24 October 1994 is a special date in the history of A. Lange & Söhne. It was the day on which the legendary inaugural press conference after the re-foundation of the company took place in the Dresden residential palace. At the event, company founder Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein acquainted journalists and dealers with the first four timepieces of the new era, among them the LANGE 1. It was a moving moment that Walter Lange later described as follows: “The resonance was overwhelming and exceeded our loftiest expectations.” Because the daily newspapers covered the event in their next-day editions, the outsize date had been set to 25. Since then, this number has been shown on all photos of every Lange watch with an outsize date display.
Today, the media and social networks spread the news in real time. So in 2016, as a concession to the digital era, the event date and the displayed date are identical. The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE has ranked among the most popular models of the LANGE 1 watch family since 2005. The clearly organised dial delivers a single-glance reading of home time and the time in a second time zone. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher. It advances the rotating city ring with the 24 place names from west to east. On the ring, Dresden – instead of Berlin as in the standard version – represents Central European Time. Additionally, the hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with each actuation of the pusher. An ingenious synchronisation mechanism also makes it possible to transfer the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the main dial. Subtle colour changes in the design of the city ring differentiate it from the standard version. The dots between the city names and GMT are blue instead of red.
Now, the previously black peripheral ring of the second time zone has the same blue hue as well. The case in 18-carat honey gold has a diameter of 41.9 millimetres. The exclusive material is harder than other gold alloys. The lavishly hand-finished manufacture calibre L031.1 is assembled twice and has a power reserve of three days. Limited to 100 watches, the Dresden edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE is available exclusively in the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques.