Just last week, A. Lange & Sohne unveiled a special-edition timepiece made of the brand’s proprietary (and not often used) Honey Gold. The new Lange 1 Time Zone watch marks the 22nd anniversary of this timepiece, which has seen several unique revisions over the course of its two-decade-long career. (The larger Lange 1 line represents the first collection created by the brand after its relaunch following the reunification of Germany.)
The original Lange 1 Time Zone depicts time in two cities via a rotating city ring with the 24 main time-zone cities on it. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher that advances the rotating city ring. The hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with each pusher activation. Additionally, the wearer can transfer the secondary time zone from the subsidiary dial to the main dial with the click of a second pusher.
The 41.9mm watch is distinguished from other Lange 1 Time Zone watches first by its use of the brand’s scratch-resistant Honey Gold case that is said to be harder than regular gold and the use of Dresden, Lange’s birth city, instead of Berlin to indicate Central European Time. (In other defining details, the special-edition watch also lists city names in blue instead of black, and adorns the second time zone indication with a peripheral ring.)
Made in-house in the brand’s German workshops, the watch houses the Manufacture Caliber L031.1 manual-wind movement with 417 meticulously finished parts and three days of power reserve. The plates and certain components of the watch movement are made of untreated German silver and are finely decorated. The movement is visible via a sapphire caseback.
The Lange 1 Time Zone also features the brand’s signature “outsize date” indication that was used in the original Lange 1 watches. The special edition is made in an exclusive edition of just 100 pieces, now available exclusively in A. Lange & Sohne boutiques. Price: $64,300; alange-sohne.com.
For more special-edition luxury watches for men, read our reviews of the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30 Degrees Technique Sapphire, the Monsieur de Chanel, and the MB&F LM1 Silberstein.