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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date (SIHH 2018)

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date (SIHH 2018)

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Somewhat overshadowed by the immediate achievement of the Lange 1 with its off-focused larger than average date when it was disclosed in 1994, many of us fail to remember that the Saxonia also had a major date on its dial. The thing that matters was that the Saxonia featured the date in a symmetrical position, just beneath early afternoon and was counterbalanced by the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. The fundamental balance of the Saxonia would recognize it from its kin the Lange 1 and become one of the characteristics of the assortment. Presenting the A. Lange & Söhne’s new Saxonia Outsize Date, a harmonious and symmetrical combination of center traits with a dark soul – and as far as idea, there’s a touch of the old Sax-O-Mat in this new watch.

A combination of family traits

The Saxonia was one of the four pillars that trumpeted Walter Lange’s revival of the brand in 1994. The exemplification of immaculateness and elegance, the name of the assortment pays recognition for the German district of Saxony where the brand was established by Lange’s ancestor, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, in 1845.

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of F.A. Lange’s introduction to the world in 2015, the Saxonia was given a facelift, audited here by our Managing Editor Brice . As with all offers of this hallowed German brand, the facelift was unobtrusive enough not to offend idealists yet gave the dial a more contemporary attitude.

An notable date window

For 2018, A. Lange & Söhne divulges the Saxonia Outsize Date, a balanced combination of key plan components of the brand with the minimalist soul we associate with the Saxonia family. The hallmark outsize date window was straightforwardly enlivened by the 1840s five-minute clock delegated the stage of the grandiose Semper Opera House in Dresden. Intended to be obvious from each seat in the audience, however without the space to house a traditional round clock, Dresden court clockmaker Gutkaes came up with a smart five-minute digital clock displaying the hours and five-minute intervals in separate windows.

The insignia outsize date window complies with the unbending Saxonia rule of balance and is placed in an unmistakable, central position simply under the 12 o’clock records. Instead of the classic arrangement of two white date circles with black numerals, the new Saxonia Outsize Date features black date plates with white printed numerals to harmonize with the black galvanized strong silver dial.

A dark dial framed by gold

Presented in elegant 38.5mm cases, the Saxonia Outside Date will be available in either white or warm pink gold cleaned cases with a brushed metal case band. The glossy black dial has applied strong gold lists, hands and date window frames to match the metal of the case. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock is snailed for a dash of contrast and bears Arabic numerals, much the same as those featured in the date window.

A great calibre

The Saxonia Outsize Date is controlled by an adaptation of caliber L086.1, the engine behind the Saxonia Automatic family since 2011. The upgraded self-winding caliber L086.8 keeps the hours, minutes, small seconds and hopping outsize date window in wonderful synchronize and can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. With only one mainspring barrel, the large central platinum rotor guarantees a durable force hold of 72 hours. As with most Lange calibers, the development is gotten in place by the classic three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and features a manually engraved balance cock.

Overall, with this combination of a date window at 12, a small second at 6, the minimalistic plan of the Saxonia and an automatic development, we are before an advanced (and dark) idea of what was the Sax-O-Mat back in the days – not the most exceedingly terrible reference.

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