A. Lange & Söhne is known for their interesting history and, of course, their elegant watches. Ferdinand Adolph Lange established his manufactory in 1845 and created beautiful pocket watches. Looking at the current collections of A. Lange & Söhne, you will see nods and hat tips to the pocket watches that started it all.
The Saxonia Thin by A. Lange & Söhne is true to its name: it is merely 6.2mm in height with a 40mm diameter. But within that slim case lays an elegant watch that can take your breath away.
The ‘less is more’ principle is in play here, and A. Lange & Söhne executes this well. The 18-carat pink gold case is refined and elegant. The strap lugs allow a snug and yet comfortable fit. Even the hour and minute hands are slim and sleek, along with the applied hour markers. Only the 12 o’clock has the double line marker. The case bezel is sleek, drawing focus to the dial.
The dial is offers interpretation of ‘less is more.’ The minimalist treatment of the hands and markers draws your focus to the dial. The solid-silver dial is treated with a thin layer of blue gold flux. Flux is typically used in the smelting process but it can also be used as a design aspect. Producing gold flux dates back to 17th century Venice. Copper particles were added to molten glass, resulting in small crystals being formed when the glass was exposed to heat. The blue gold flux on the Saxonia Thin by A. Lange & Söhne creates a dial that represents the dark need glittering with hundreds of stars. The dark blue leather strap has a pink gold prong buckle, and completes the elegant look of this watch.
The case may be slim, but it holds a powerful calibre. The Lange-manufacture calibre L093.1 is mechanically wound and the thinnest calibre (remember, it is just 2.9mm) but has a power reserve of 72 hours. As always with an A. Lange & Söhne timepiece, even the smallest internal parts have artisanal crafting and finishing. The internal three-quarter plate has Glashütte ribbing and polished chamfers and bevels. The end piece with the escape wheel is integrated into the three-quarter plate, just as it was in pocket watches in the past.
The Saxonia Thin by A. Lange & Söhne with its pink-gold case and blue gold flux dial is a limited edition of just 50 pieces.