Lange 1: A combination of the future and tradition
Design of the Lange 1 by A. Lange & Söhne
With its iconic design, which has won over both critics and fans, Lange 1
by A. Lange & Söhne
has secured its place in luxury watch history. The off-centre dial was developed to ensure maximum readability. None of the displays are laid over one another and all of the elements together form the shape of an isosceles triangle.
Another outstanding feature is the large date display at 1 o'clock
. The design is based on the famous five-minute clock in Dresden's Semper Opera House and represents a notable feature of the Lange 1
due to its large size – a characteristic evident in the design of other A. Lange & Söhne watches. The display area is split up and is moved by standalone components. At midnight, the display changes at lightning speed thanks to the instant date change function
. Other functions of the Lange 1 are a small seconds dial with stop-seconds and a power reserve indicator.
The ingenious technology of the Lange 1
The Lange 1 movement
is an in-house creation by A. Lange & Söhne – the Calibre L901.0
. Thanks to the Nivarox-1 hairspring built into the screw balance, it offers a high level of accuracy and can be seen working away through the watch's transparent glass back. The 53 synthetic rubies reduce friction in the movement to a minimum. The calibre is hand-wound and has a power reserve of 72 hours. At 39 mm, the Lange 1
has the perfect dimensions for a dress watch
that will make for a classy impression. The bracelet is made of high-quality crocodile leather and is fastened by a yellow gold pin buckle to match the case.
Founded in the prestigious watchmaking town of Glashütte, A. Lange & Söhne approach new innovations with caution. This may be because the Lange 1 already set the standard for fine luxury watches
when it was introduced in the 90s and that this technology still has plenty to offer. So, if you are considering investing in a pre-owned Lange 1
, rest assured that you are buying a timepiece that will never go out of fashion thanks to its classic style.
How much does a pre-owned Lange 1 watch cost?
The Lange 1
is one of the most sought-after watch models
from Germany. This is due to their high-precision workmanship and the large number of components that are in A. Lange & Söhne watches which make them a technical and aesthetic masterpiece. If you would like to buy a pre-owned Lange 1
, we recommend the following models:
- With the release of the Ref. 101.001 in 1994, A. Lange & Söhne established the worldwide reputation of the Lange 1 series. The back of the solid case is made of 18-carat yellow gold, while the golden hands on a champagne-coloured dial complete the fine, noble appearance. As standard the models came with a brown crocodile leather strap and a gold pin buckle. If you are looking to buy a pre-owned Lange 1 (Ref. 101.001), you can expect prices to start from €14,000.
- The Lange 1 (Ref. 101.005) was the first model that didn’t have a yellow gold case but was made of platinum instead. For this model, A. Lange & Söhne also strived for a clearly structured dial and a uniform design concept. The black leather strap was closed by a platinum pin buckle. Having been in production for just three years, Ref. 101.005 models are extremely hard to come by and are the highlight of many collections. Pre-owned, the Lange 1 Ref. 101.005 is available for approximately €23,000.
- The Lange 1 (Ref. 101.022) introduced a huge change. The solid case back made way for a transparent sapphire crystal back, offering a prime view of the movement. The silver dial convinces with its lance-shaped hands and their blued steel finish. Those looking to invest in this pre-owned Lange 1 can either choose to finance it from €233 per month or pay €14,500 outright.
- Having been in production for 19 years, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 (Ref. 101.025) is one of the longest-standing models in the series. Its silver-coloured dial, platinum case and in-house L901.0 calibre make this model an elegant and reliable dress watch. Pre-owned, you can buy this version of the Lange 1 from €23,400.
The story of a new beginning
Long live the Lange 1!
Germany has been reunified for over 30 years. This historic godsend also had a major impact on the German watch industry. With the re-establishment of A. Lange & Söhne
, Walter Lange, the great-grandson of the company founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange, made a long-standing dream come true. This key moment was celebrated with a watch that seamlessly followed on from the quality of the former timepieces made by A. Lange & Söhne. The Lange 1 was presented in 1994 together with three other models by A. Lange & Söhne subsequently exceeded the expectations of Walter Lange. In 1995 and 1997, the Lange 1 was named watch of the year
by the German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” and the watch magazine “Armbanduhren”.
Since A. Lange & Söhne focuses on quality and stability when crafting its timepieces and isn’t afraid of investing time in development before making changes to existing models, the company built strong foundations from which many variations of the Lange 1 have been created.
Other interesting series from A. Lange & Söhne
- The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 is available in a diverse range of materials. The series name refers to the year in which Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Contrary to this historic date, the appearance of these noble timepieces is refreshingly modern. The Arabic numerals on the dial are so neatly arranged, you can hardly take your eyes of it. With a diverse range of materials on offer, there is a model to suit every taste.
- The Langematik by A. Lange & Söhne first appeared in 1997 and was the first watch to use an automatic movement from the Glashütte company. This L921.2 movement, also known as "SAX-O-MAT", caused a real stir. The clearly structured dial has the popular large date display at 12 o'clock and a small seconds dial at 6 o'clock. For the following models, A. Lange & Söhne also rely on the quality of their in-house movements and a broad selection of different dial designs.
- The Arkade Series by A. Lange & Söhne isn’t a throwback to one of the first game consoles, but a tribute to the architecture inside the Dresden City Palace. This series, like the Lange 1, was part of the successful resurrection of the Saxon watchmaker. Its slim shape makes the series appealing to both men and women and is powered by the hand-wound calibre L911.4 with a 42-hour power reserve and 30 jewels.
- The fact that the master watchmakers at A. Lange & Söhne don’t rest on their laurels is clear to see from the Lange 1 Time Zone. In addition to the well-known functions of the Lange 1, a city ring, which displays a second time zone as well as home time. By pressing the pusher at 8 o'clock, the city ring moves around one time zone. Another interesting complication is the day and night phase for the second time zone.