Within the Lange 1 collection, the Lange 1 Time Zone has proved to be one of the most popular references. We attribute it to the beautiful dial, functionality, ease-of-use and, relatively speaking, good value for money. Today A. Lange & Söhne took the wraps of the latest Lange 1 Time Zone, a 100-piece limited edition sporting a delicious honey-gold case.
Honey-gold is an 18K gold alloy that is proprietary to Lange, and is used very infrequently on special- and limited-edition references. We last encountered it on the 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange time piece, which was released in 2015 (our hands-on here – we also discuss honey-gold), and prior to that, the alloy made its first appearance on the 165th Anniversary Homage to F.A. Lange three-piece set back in 2010.
Looking beyond the 41.9mm honey-gold case, Lange has also differentiated this timepiece (ref. 116.050) from the ‘standard’ Lange 1 Time Zone pieces by making other subtle changes to that gorgeous dial. If you focus your attention on the rotating city ring (which features the names of 24 cities going from West to East), you’ll notice that Berlin has been removed. In its place sits Dresden, which now represents Central European Time – if you’re wondering ‘why Dresden’, well, it was at Dresden Residential Palace that A. Lange & Söhne held its first press conference – after its re-founding – to announce its four new timepieces to the world (this happened on the 24th of October, 1994).
Lange has also switched the color of the GMT indicator from the standard red to blue, and this same blue color is also used on the peripheral ring of the second timezone (this ring is usually black), as well as on the dots between each city, on the city ring. Since this watch features a honey-gold case, Lange has also used honey-gold on the appliques on the sound silver argenté dial. The last bit of honey-gold can be seen on the prong buckle attached to the dark brown alligator strap.
The watch is powered by the in-house L031.1 manually wound calibre, which offers a power reserve of 72-hours. The calibre consists of 417 parts and boasts the sort of superlative finishing that you’d expect from A. Lange & Söhne.
The honey-gold Lange 1 Time Zone is a boutique exclusive, and will only be sold through A. Lange & Söhne’s 17 worldwide boutiques. It boasts a retail price of $64,500, and we reckon is a must have for those that collect Lange’s honey-gold timepieces.
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