A. Lange & Söhne recently released a special edition of the Lange 1 Time Zone in honey gold to mark the 22-year anniversary of its first modern collections in the Dresden Residential Palace.
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 of the reborn manufactory 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 iconic Lange 1.
Lange 1 Time Zone
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.
Why honey gold?
Honey gold is harder than other gold alloys. The degree of hardness is achieved with alloy constituents and a special thermal treatment process. When looking for a designation to aptly describe the new hue, Lange decided to take inspiration from nature. Honey displays various colour nuances, depending on the plants from which the nectar is collected. Nonetheless, this natural substance is well suited as a descriptor. “Our main objective was to convey the gloss and the warm hue of gold,” said Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development at A. Lange & Söhne.
So a honeycomb with its harmonious, geometric structures was chosen as the backdrop for a photo shoot featuring the new Lange 1 Time Zone. It was provided by a Lange staff member who spends his spare time as a beekeeper.