A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”

1994-2019 – A. Lange & Söhne’s most notorious watch is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. For the occasion, the Saxon brand has created a progression of 10 restricted version pieces, each based on a particular model in the Lange 1 assortment (recap just beneath). Today, it’s time for the Grand Lange 1, the modernized, marginally bolder adaptation of Glashütte’s symbol, wearing the typical 25th-anniversary attire.

Step 7 out of a progression of 10

The Saxon brand has been clear from the start of this arrangement (first introduced at SIHH 2019): there will be a total of 10 watches in this “Lange 1 25th Anniversary” arrangement, as each of the 10 existing models in the Lange 1 assortment will get a commemorative edition.

It all started with the 250-piece version of the classic Lange 1 , presented at the SIHH this year. Later followed watches restricted to 25 pieces, the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase , the Little Lange 1 (ladies’ watch), the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar (the most complex piece of the assortment), the Lange 1 Time Zone (the traveller’s watch) and the Lange 1 Moon Phase (the classic size with moon).

Today, the brand divulges its 25th anniversary of the Grand Lange 1. As yet awaiting their anniversary release are the Lange 1 Daymatic (automatic model), the Little Lange 1 Moon (ladies’ size with moon) and the Lange 1 Tourbillon (the one with regulator noticeable on the front).

The Grand Lange 1 25th Anniversary

Before we delve into the details of this 25th-anniversary model, let’s take a glance at the Grand Lange 1. This watch, as indicated by its name, is the older sibling of the classic Lange 1, sharing the same notorious display and capacities, anyway with an alternate development (measured according to the watch) and a larger case.

While the classic Lange 1 measures 38.5mm in diameter, the Grand Lange 1 is a more contemporary, less dressy take on the idea, with a 41mm diameter. The shape is identical with the typical powerful drags, the bended and cleaned bezel, the flat and brushed casebands and the signature date-revision pusher at 10 o’clock. There is, in any case, one advantage connected to this increase of size: thickness.

Indeed, while the classic 38.5mm Lange 1 measures 9.8mm in tallness – and even 10.7mm in its 25th anniversary form , because of a pivoted caseback – the Grand Lange 1 is 1mm more slender, at 8.8mm in stature, giving the watch completely various extents – the diameter/tallness ratio being transformed. This was conceivable thanks to the distinctive movement.

More space on a horizontal plan means more space to situate the parts. Since the development of the Grand Lange 1 is larger watchmakers can situate the technical components in various positions. The single spring-barrel actually offers 72 hours of force hold. The development is totally crafted in-house (balance spring included) and completed in the usual superlative Lange way – slim ribbings, screwed gold chatons, blued screws, cleaned slants, engraved balance cockerel. The development is large and consummately fills the caseback.

Specific to the 25th-anniversary models is the 18k white gold case. It is paired with a dark blue alligator strap with silvered stitchings and a white gold prong clasp. Everything related to the habillage is generally identical to a non-restricted Grand Lange 1.

The dial depends on the same silver/blue topic as all different watches in this commemorative arrangement. The strong silver dial is argenté and executed on several levels – for certain recessed areas and various surfaces. This is the subsequent model to be wearing such a way, with the classic Lange 1. The numerals and tracks are imprinted in blue and the hands executed in blued steel. The display remains identical as well, with topsy turvy hours and minutes, subsidiary small seconds at 4 o’clock, outsized date at 2 o’clock and force save on the privilege side.

The back of the watch reveals a specifically decorated development, with the balance rooster engraved with a prudent signature of the “25th Anniversary” assortment, integrated in its blue-filled theme: a framed ’25’ that echoes the Lange outsize date.

The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 25th Anniversary (ref. 117.066) will be restricted to 25 pieces. Its cost will be EUR 43,700. More details at www.alange-soehne.com .