A. Lange & Sohne, the popular German watch making brand, introduced its very first collection of watches on 24 October 1994, with Lange 1 being the face of the brand. Right from finding the location, setting up the offices and workshops, to installing machineries and designing watches in-house – the ultimate aim was to create extraordinary watches that could race with time and could give worldwide acclamation to Germany, placing it on the map of high-end watch making craft. Out of the four new watches that were unveiled on 24 October 1994, it is the iconic face of Saxon brand, the Lange 1 that brought name and fame to the country and eventually placed A. Lange & Sohne on the map of high-end watch-making craft. The Lange 1 collection proclaims originality, while staying deeply rooted in the line of tradition. Whereas the majority of the watches exhibited central seconds and a small date display window; the Lange 1 put forth a fine display of unique characteristic features, such as, it has an off central hour/minute dial, a small seconds’ sub-dial, a large power reserve indicator as well as an outsized date aperture, that too, without any overlapping of features. It also embodied a very famous signature-chased arc, including the “Glashütte i/SA”, where “i/SA” is an acronym for “in Saxony”.
The sleek silhouettes and subtle aesthetics of Lange 1 set it apart from other luxury watch collections. Owners can have their pick, whether they wish to own an 18 carat gold or platinum metal watch. With the unusual design layouts of dials, the off-centred timings, sword-shaped hour and minute hands, including even the power reserve indicator, and needle-shaped second hands, the Lange 1, immediately after its launch, caught attention of the worldwide watch enthusiasts.
With the ever growing popularity that made Lange 1 the monumental icon of the brand, it has now become a centrepiece of the watch family comprising 15 models, characterized by interesting complications, different case diameters with self-winding or manually wound version. Since this collection of watches is refined out of a fine metallic body, its most coveted models raise record breaking prices in auctions. Each timepiece in this collection is powered with shock resistant screw balance, 9 screwed gold chatons, 53 jewels, 365 individual parts, etc. housed in a beautifully designed case. Besides, this luxurious Lange 1 collection features a tooled crocodile leather strap to provide a firm and comfortable grip to its wearers.