A. Lange & Söhne has just wrapped up an unquestionably successful SIHH 2019 with five new watches. Lange stayed true to their tradition of releasing tasteful dress watches alongside incredibly complex works of haute horology.
My favorite is, without a doubt, the new Lange 1, known simply as the Lange 1 25th Anniversary. Because the Lange 1 is easily the most iconic Lange, and indeed, one of the greatest watch designs of all time, it’s easy to forget that it’s only been around for 25 years. The new Lange 1 is, in my opinion, the best Lange 1 yet made.
This version adds blued hands, blue writing, and even a blue date, as well as subtle contrasting textures to the silver dial.
It also has a unique case back, but don’t worry, it opens to reveal one of Lange’s legendarily beautiful movements from within.
Sadly, only 250 will be made, all in white gold. I wish this were a permanent addition to the lineup.
The next Lange we’ll be looking at is this new Zeitwerk Date, which is the first Zeitwerk to feature the otherwise common complication.
The gorgeous mechanical digital watch returns with even more functionality. Perhaps to aid in legibility, Lange’s famous Big Date complication does not make an appearance here, as it’d be too easily confused with the hour and minute indicators.
Instead, the current date is simply a red number around the perimeter of the dial. This manages to capture the classic look of a pointer date without the clutter of the pointer.
The movement is somehow even more beautiful than the Lange 1’s. The new Zeitwerk Date may be my favorite of the Zeitwerks, and it’s certainly the most practical (as if it really mattered). The Zeitwerk Date is currently available only in white gold.
Next up is something even more complex, the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, with what Lange calls a pink gold dial. To me, it comes off as a pleasant “salmon” color.
This watch has an unbelievable amount of complications. You’ve got a perpetual calendar, a flyback chronograph, a moon phase, a power reserve and a tourbillon.
If you were wondering about the tourbillon, you’ll only be able to see it through the back, demonstrating some of that typical Lange restraint. That said, the movement is so absurdly complex that you might want to wear it backwards anyway. This white gold model is limited to just 100 pieces.
Next we look at the only Lange that isn’t in white gold from SIHH 2019, the Langematik Perpetual Honeygold. As the name would suggest, it’s also the only automatic in this lineup.
The Langematik Perpetual Honeygold is nearly as complex as the Datograph above it, with a perpetual calendar, big date, and moon phase.
As I mentioned earlier, for fans of automatic watches, this is the only way to go in these new SIHH releases. The offset rotor ensures that the beautiful hand-engraved balance cock is never obscured. Only 100 will be made.
One of the most popular new Langes was the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds in white gold with a black dial.
The Jumping Seconds has always been a striking watch, due to its regulator-style dial, but the clarity and legibility is especially evident on this new black dial. Each subdial has only a single function, seconds, minutes or hours. One of the advantages of the regulator design is that it allows the wearer to focus on the seconds subdial for more precise timing, which is why this dial is far larger than the other two.
Returning now to manual wind movements, we once again see a traditional German 3/4 plate. This movement is incredibly unique for many reasons, one of which his that it features a zero-reset complication. This means that when the crown is pulled, the seconds hand automatically centers at 12:00 (or 60, I suppose, in this case), making precise setting far easier. More importantly, the seconds hand moves only once per second, which is why this particular Richard Lange is called the Jumping Seconds. Of course, I could write pages on this model, but this will have to do as a brief introduction.
And that wraps up our A. Lange & Söhne coverage of SIHH 2019. It was a very solid year for Lange, with all hits and no misses as far I’m concerned. If I had to pick the standouts for me, it’d be the Lange 1, as I mentioned, as well as the new Zeitwerk Date. If you’d like to see more photos of these great watches you can click here, and if you’d like to see all of the new models from SIHH 2019 that we have available, click here.