A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne Perpetual Calendar Ref. 345.056
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About the brand
Let us take you on a luxurious journey through the history and legacy of A. Lange & Söhne. Established in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, this German watchmaking powerhouse has a rich history of innovation and excellence in horology.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange was a trained watchmaker and mechanics graduate who returned home to Saxony after studying under master horologists for a decade. He established a whole watchmaking industry in the region, bringing prosperity to and alleviating poverty in the area. He was the first in Saxony to introduce the metric system into watchmaking and even trained his children in the business, adding the & Söhne to A. Lange & Söhne.
The Lange family continued to push watch technology further with Emil and Richard Lange patenting quarter repeaters and chronographs, developing the up-down power reserve indicator, and improving chronometer restraints. The brand's headquarters were destroyed in a Soviet air strike during World War II, marking the end of the once-great name.
However, in 1990, Walter Lange, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph, re-registered A. Lange & Söhne, re-establishing the brand in Glashütte. After four years of development and experimentation, the brand launched its first range of wristwatches in 1994, drawing inspiration from its bold past.
From the Lange 1 range to the Saxonia family, the Zeitwerk range, the 1815 collection, and the Richard Lange range, each collection reflects the brand's commitment to tradition and innovation. Outsized dates, solid gold or platinum cases, and galvanized solid-silver dials are stalwarts of the company's image. The brand's iconic, customized typography adds to its luxurious appeal.
The brand's attention to detail is legendary, including hand-engraved balance cocks and a multitude of different surface decorations and techniques such as circular graining, contour grinding, mirror polishing, Glashütte ribbing, sunray finishing, and perlage. The brand still hand-finishes all of its timepieces, honoring Emil Lange's wishes.
The brand's notable inventions and patents have sprung back into existence, with disengagement mechanisms, stop-seconds for tourbillons, and triple-split chronographs taking center stage. Celebrities from Brad Pitt and Ed Sheeran to Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton have all strapped on A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.
In conclusion, A. Lange & Söhne is a luxurious and iconic watch brand that has revolutionized horology through innovation and tradition. Each timepiece reflects the brand's commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and luxurious appeal. If you're looking for a timepiece that stands the test of time, A. Lange & Söhne is a perfect choice.
About the watch
We are thrilled to present to you the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar 150-piece Limited Edition Ref. 345.056 “Salmon”. This timepiece was recently unveiled by Lange, with two versions released around April 2022. The first is a regular offering with a dark grey dial in a pink gold case, while the other is a limited edition with a mesmerizing salmon dial in a white gold case, which we are privileged to offer today.
The Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar is one of the larger models in the Lange 1 line-up. It is 41.9mm x 12.1mm case is 3.4mm larger in diameter than the standard Lange 1 watches. However, given the number of intricate features in this reference, the case size can still be considered fairly compact and conservative, making it a wearable grand complication for most modern wrists.
The dial is a sight to behold, crafted from solid pink gold and adorned with a range of finishes. It features rhodium-plated white gold hands, adding to its luxurious appearance. The distinctive asymmetry of the Lange 1 is present, with the outsize date window at 11 o’clock, the day-of-the-week indicator at 9 o’clock, and the hours and minutes counter on the right. The moon phase cum small seconds indicator is located at 7 o'clock, reminiscent of the Daymatic design. The crucial perpetual calendar indications of month and leap year are displayed via a disc at the dial's periphery and a leap year pointer at 6 o’clock, respectively. This positioning is clean, simple, and unobtrusive, allowing the iconic Lange 1 layout to remain intact.
At the heart of this watch is Lange's self-winding, 63-jeweled Cal. L021.3 movement, which beats at 21,600 BPH and provides a 50-hour power reserve. It features a newly developed winding mechanism, with a unidirectional winding rotor made of 21-carat gold and a centrifugal mass crafted from platinum. The aesthetics of the rotor are impressive and carry the design DNA of the original rotor on the Langematik. The movement showcases beautiful finishing, charming German silver architecture, and a beautifully engraved balance cock, as is Lange's signature. The cal. L021.3 is an impressive tribute to the watch it powers, fittingly embodying Lange's uncompromising approach to watch design and construction.
The Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar is a stunning watch that highlights Lange's commitment to precision engineering and attention to detail. With only 150 pieces available of this limited edition reference, it is a rare and collectible timepiece that is sure to be treasured by any discerning watch collector.
In House Calibre L021.3
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