At the start of the year, A. Lange & Söhne announced that 2019 would be dedicated to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Lange 1. A total of 10 anniversary models are expected to be revealed for this present year, celebrating the vital achievements of the Lange 1 watch family. Up until now, we have seen been treated to the Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” and Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary” models. Presently we are getting our first glance at the Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary”.
A watch that needs no presentation, the Lange 1 was one of the four foundation models of the brand’s resurrection in 1994. Throughout the long term it has advanced to become a stand-alone assortment in its own right. Four years later, the Little Lange 1 joined the line-up as a permanent part. Identical in almost every way to the original, the Little Lange 1 offers a case that is 1.7mm smaller, a great alternative for those with smaller (or more thin) wrists.
It stands to reason than that the Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” edition looks exactly the same as its senior kin. That means a white gold case, measuring a smooth 36.8mm x 9.5mm, paired with a striking argenté-shaded dial in strong silver with dark blue printed numerals and markers. Recessed matte areas and raised lines around the sub-dials and indications give the new dial a feeling of profundity and really feature the dazzling asymmetry of the Lange 1 dial. The numerals of the outsize date display are also blue, and all hands on the dial are in blued steel.
On the opposite, a sapphire caseback offers a perspective on the perfectly completed, manually twisted caliber L121.1. Brought into the Little Lange 1 last year – it’s been driving the Lange 1 since 2015 – it boasts an in-house balance and hairspring, and an absolutely bouncing outsize date display with recently shaped extensions (still with the signature 3/4 plate). Offering 72 hours of force save when completely twisted, it is comprised of 368 components, including a hand-engraved balance cockerel with blue accents. There’s no specially engraved pivoted caseback on this form however the number “25” appears in blue, help engraved yet to be determined cockerel as a token of the anniversary.
The Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary” comes on a blue hand-sewed alligator leather strap with a contrasting seam in gray. It will be restricted to only 25 numbered pieces and retail for EUR 35,500. More details at alange-soehne.com .