While A. Lange & Söhne tends to be quite conservative in its design, it can sometimes get somewhat more creative with regards to restricted editions or boutique exclusive watches – think, for instance, about the 1815 Chrono Boutique Edition or the Terra-Brown Saxonia . Today, the brand is unveiling another version of the Saxonia Annual Calendar, which for the occasion has been spruced up with another dial and a surprising strap. Meet the new A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition.
Already available in three unique versions – white gold, pink gold and platinum – the Saxonia Annual Calendar collection receives a fourth part, which differs from its siblings by its dial, its strap and another treatment on the rotor. Mechanically speaking, the new Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition is identical to its siblings and shares most of its specifications with the other three versions.
Thus, we have a reasonably sized watch, with a slim profile and an elegant shape – which could easily fit in the “dress watch” category. At 38.5mm in diameter and less than 10mm in tallness, it is still a slender watch given its complexity. As an annual calendar, it features multiple indications on its dial: day of the week, the signature ALS large date with two digits, the month and a combination of a small seconds counter and a moon phase at 6 o’clock – the moon phase indicator is exceptionally precise and just needs to be rectified by one day each 122.6 years.
As for the annual calendar complication, it sits directly between the standard complete calendar and the complex, more expensive perpetual calendar. As we always will in general say, here at MONOCHROME, the annual calendar is certainly the best compromise. The date just needs to be advanced once a year when February transitions into March. The rest of the year, it will take into account months with 30 or 31 days and will adjust automatically to the privilege date.
For this Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition, which is restricted to 25 pieces, A. Lange & Söhne chose to add another dial, presented here in galvanized gray and combined with a white gold case – a classic combination at ALS, found for instance on the Triple Split or the Datograph Perpetual . White gold hands and indices complete this stylish dial and the shiny blue strap echoes the blue disk of the moon phase.
On the back, we locate the same development – calibre L085.1 – with self-winding capacity via an off-focused miniature rotor, thus respecting the classical 3/4 architecture of the German School of Watchmaking. The development is finished in the typical ALS way, with untreated German silver plates and bridges, hand-decorated parts, blued screws and an engraved cockerel. New to this model is the treatment applied to the rotor. Interestingly, the parts of the rotor around the embossed A. Lange & Söhne logo are plated in black rhodium, while they are usually totally gold-plated.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition will be produced in 25 pieces, available exclusively from ALS boutiques in New York, Miami and Costa Mesa and evaluated at USD 54,500. More details on www.alange-soehne.com .