A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 25th Anniversary.

A. Lange & Sohne has been pounding out amazing watches for 25 years. They released their first line up of watches back in 1994, and there were four pieces. The Arkade, the Saxonia, the Tourbillon Pour le Merite, and then the Lange 1. In an effort to celebrate their 25th year anniversary, the brand created something special. They did the Lange 1 25th Anniversary watch. The watch is basically a regular Lange 1 having some aesthetic upgrades and new unique features. The watch has a 38.5 millimeter white gold case. They did white gold because the first watches done in 1994, were done in white gold. On the back of the piece there is an engraving of the Lange firm dating back to 1873. The engraving is flanked by the names Walter Lange and Gunter Blumlein, because they revived the firm in 1994.

The dial of this watch is colored argente and the dial is solid silver. The numerals, markers and hands are all done in blue, and are striking. The date display is also having blue fonts for the dates. The watch strap is also done in blue to keep the color scheme going. This watch is powered by the caliber L121 and is visible behind the exhibition caseback when the hinged cuvette has been lifted. The movement for this watch has untreated German silver for the plates and bridges, and has the German three quarter plate structure. The balance cock has been engraved by hand, and the movement has a frequency of 3Hz. The watch offers a power reserve of 72 hours, which is standard for Lange 1 watches.

In my opinion the best part of the watch is the engraving honoring to two men who revived the company after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I cannot include the whole story of the firm in this brief article, but it is a touching story of how the company was impacted by WWII, and then fell prey to the divided Germany situation; not to be rescued until the fall of the Soviet Union, and the tear down of the Berlin Wall. If you enjoy such history as i do, look it up online. It is a story worth reading. I suspect fans of the company will buy these watches readily, assuming they can afford to. This watch will sell for about $49,000, or EUR 43,700. More info about this watch is available at alange-soehne.com.

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