Like all the seven watches introduced in the course of recent months to fête the Lange I, the Daymatic is dressed for the party in a white gold case with blue decorations on the dial. As you most likely are aware, the Saxon brand is celebrating the quarter-century of its foundation watch with not one but rather ten models. A restricted version of 25 watches, the Lange 1 Daymatic bears the hallmark features of the famous Lange 1 – outsize date, off-focused dials, flabbergasting asymmetry and force hold indicator – yet with a turn: the layout of the Daymatic dial is an identical representation of the Lange 1, with a couple of tweaks. The hours and minutes, the subsidiary seconds and outsize date have all exchanged places and, in a motion to make it more practical and wearable consistently, the motor fueling the capacities is automatic.
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The Lange 1 Daymatic made its introduction in 2010 , 16 years after the epic revealing of the Lange 1 of every 1994, the watch that has come to characterize the brand. Although from the beginning, the Daymatic appeared to be an ideal perfect representation of its senior brother, there were some unobtrusive contrasts. The Daymatic – measuring 39.5mm in diameter with a case thickness of 10.4mm – was 1mm larger and 0.6mm thicker than the Lange 1.
The real contrasts between the twins concerned the layout of the dial with the indications of the Daymatic arranged on the contrary side of the dial and the incorporation of a self-winding development. Intended to be a more practical, everyday watch, other salient contrasts were the replacement of the force save indicator on the Lange 1 (manual-twisting) with a retrograde day of the week indicator on the left, and the utilization of lume at the top of the hour, moment and day hands. You can read all the minutiae of the contrasts between the twins in Frank’s comparative article here .
As you can see, the “25th Anniversary” Edition is basically an esthetic modification. The dial is silvered with all around differentiated completions to exalt the capacities and all the indications are blue, including the numerals of the Lange outsize date. The edge of the dial is a lighter tone of silver bearing the brand name, the days of the week, and the German words for weekday and automatic (Wochentag-Automatik) in blue. Indeed, Lange pulls off a dial with an extraordinary feeling of harmony and extent, albeit with an asymmetrical layout. The background of the central part of the dial is a marginally darker shade of silver and has a sandier surface than the border. The hallmark off-focused hours and minutes dial and the smaller subsidiary seconds are snailed in their insides and are somewhat recessed for additional profundity and volume. Like the outsize date window at 11 o’clock, the hours and minutes and small seconds counters are framed by the lighter tone of silver on the border featuring the functionality considerably further. Another distinction over the regular Daymatic models is the absence of lume on the hands, an elegant touch in accordance with the restricted release, profoundly collectable nature of these watches.
The beauty of the Lange 1 Daymatic is the situation of great importance and minutes dial. Placed on the far right, you can check the time without having to move back your sleeve to uncover the time like on the Lange 1.
Automatic Caliber L021.1
The sapphire crystal on the caseback reveals Lange’s in-house, self-twisting development with its large gold-hued rotor (with a peripheral centrifugal mass in platinum) floating over the scaffolds and balance. Passing perspectives on the hand-engraved balance cockerel reveal a floral pattern and a miniature interpretation of the outsize date window with the number 25 in its inside – all filled in with blue, naturally. Fitted with an in-house balance haggle, the maximum force hold is of 50 hours. Details like the Glashütte ribbing on the extensions, the perlage on the main plate and the profusion of screwed gold chatons and blued screws plot to create a spectacular movement.
Price and Availability
As referenced, the Lange 1 Daymatic “25th Anniversary” is a restricted version of 25 watches and is introduced on hand-sewed blue alligator strap with a white gold prong clasp. The watch will retail for EUR 44,200.
More information at alange-soehne.com .