A MUSICAL SCORE IN MAJOR MODE
From the SIHH in Geneva until October, a 25-piece limited edition is being unveiled on the 24th of every month to celebrate a quarter of a century of manufacture.
A philharmonic orchestra cannot function without talented musicians and a strict conductor who can lead them to perfection. Since 24 October 1994, the official date of its renaissance with the launch of the Lange 1, A. Lange & Söhne has performed this role by using a collection of mechanical features to set the benchmark in fine watchmaking. To mark a quarter of a century, the German company is unveiling various limited edition models this year. One of these is the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar “25th Anniversary” topped with a solid silver dial. Like the original 2012 model, the time information, which is blue in this model, is displayed off center. This unique layout ensures optimum readability combined with an outsize date, the mechanical and stylistic signature feature of the manufacturer. It also conveniently tells the months on the rotating outer ring of the dial and the day of the week with a retrograde marker at 10 o’clock. A small window at 6 o’clock provides leap year information. The moon phases are displayed at 7 o’clock with precision for 122.6 years.
This arrangement is masterfully directed by the L08.01 caliber (with a power reserve of 50 hours). The complex self-winding movement comprising 624 components uniquely incorporates a tourbillon visible through the sapphire case back of the 41.9 mm white gold case. Turning the watch over, the owner also discovers the oscillating gold rotor.
Each piece is numbered and engraved from 01/25 to 25/25 and comes with a blue alligator strap with a folding buckle.
Price: EUR 324,500
By Dan Diaconu