To me, one of the genuine marks of a great watch manufacturer is the ability to make fascinating and desirable watches across a range of value focuses. Unfortunately, hardly any brands appear to have the option to achieve this with any consistency. There are exemptions obviously, and A. Lange & Söhne is assuredly one of them. Making my statement is the new Saxonia Outsize Date , which was officially launched last month at SIHH 2018. We managed to spend a touch of hands-on time with the watch and can affirm it is as decent on the wrist as it glances in the photos.
We’ve already expounded on the technical details of the Saxonia Outsize Date in an earlier article, which you can read here . We’ll cover a portion of those details again momentarily, yet the main focal point of this hands-on article is to give you an idea of what the watch is actually similar to in the metal. As far as situating, this watch is somewhat suggestive of the Langematik Sax-O-Mat with Date , which existed in the Saxonia assortment before the range was revamped in 2015. This new model sits completely in the middle of the Saxonia Automatic and the Saxonia MoonPhase.
Presented in a comfortably measured (38.5mm x 9.6mm) round case, the Saxonia Outsize Date is offered in your decision of either white or pink gold, with the beautifully cleaned bezel contrasting pleasantly against the brushed case band. My personal favorite of the two is the white gold form. I simply love the combination of white gold with the black galvanized strong silver dial, the wealth of which is hard to capture in photographs. It makes for a solid statement piece on the wrist – without being too ostentatious – and is exceptionally easy to read at a glance.
The layout of the dial is extremely balanced and symmetrical and is really very pleasing to the eye in spite of its apparent straightforwardness. Hours and minutes are displayed centrally by strong gold hands and the applied lists are crafted from the same metal as the case. Small seconds are appeared on a relatively large sub-dial at six o’clock, which takes up the vast majority of the base half of the case. On the off chance that you look carefully you’ll see the Arabic numerals are in the same text style as the date display and the sub-dial is snailed to give a smidgen of contrast.
Below 12 o’clock, we locate the main attraction: the outsize date window complete with hopping date display. First appearing on the original Lange 1 out of 1994 (one of the foundation models of the brand), it has since become firmly associated with A. Lange & Söhne. In contrast to the Lange 1, in any case, where the date is normally placed off-focus, here the date has been placed centrally, supporting the Saxonia collection’s reputation for balance.
The balance gives substantially more emphasis to the date display and it is the main thing your eyes are drawn to when you take a gander at the watch. This is amplified significantly further by the cleaned, brilliant frame encompassing the date and I really can’t emphasize sufficient how great it looks with the black circles and white numerals. It simply adds that extra bit of suave sophistication and gives the Saxonia Outsize Date an exceptionally present day look. At 10 o’clock there is a pusher for rapid amendment of the date.
Behind the dark black dial beats the upgraded self-winding caliber L086.8, a variation of the caliber L086.1 utilized by the Saxonia range since 2011. Noticeable through the sapphire crystal case back, it is built from 286 parts and features 40 gems. A solitary mainspring barrel is twisted by a large central rotor with an external centrifugal mass in platinum and offers a maximum force save of 72 hours. The real feature, obviously, is the classic three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, which features a manually engraved balance cock.
Available from June 2018, estimating on the new A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date is set at EUR 24,500 in white or pink gold. The two models come on a black, hand-sewed alligator leather strap with a prong lock in the metal matching the case. More details on www.alange-soehne.com .