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The Saxonia line grows with Automatic, Manually Wound, Dual Time and Thin
From the very beginning, Lange conceived the Saxonia as an expression of its kinship with Saxony. The watch symbolises the allegiance of Ferdinand A Lange, the founder of the German precision watchmaking industry, with his homeland. As emphatically understated as it may seem, it embodies typically Saxon values such as straightforwardness, modesty, and creativity. In the 19th century, when the Saxons transformed their state into Germany’s most trend-setting and innovative economic area, the A Lange & Söhne brand established by Ferdinand A Lange in 1845 became a synonym for luxurious precision pocket watches from Saxony. The tradition that he founded now lives on in the third generation of timepieces that bear the Saxonia signature.
Down to the very last detail, the Saxonia Automatic transports the heritage of Saxon precision watchmaking into the present day. The allnew Lange manufacture calibre L086.1 is the third self-winding movement presented by the Saxon master watchmakers. Suspended in ball bearings, a central rotor with a centrifugal mass made of 950 platinum assures that the maximum power reserve of 72 hours is quickly available on the wrist.
The underlying design emphasises a flat silhouette: The movement is a mere 3.7 millimetres thick. In contrast to their predecessors, the white and pink gold cases of the Saxonia Automatic have grown to a diameter of 38.5 millimetres. At the same time, the watches are now noticeably thinner, measuring only 7.8 millimetres in overall height. The new proportions underscore the elegance of the models and make them even more comfortable to wear. Thanks to the gently chamfered bezel, the solid-silver argenté dial looks larger than ever, showcasing the slender baton hour markers, solid-gold lancet hands, and the concisely graduated minute scale. All the intricacies of the flawlessly finished and twice-assembled self-winding movement are revealed by the sapphire-crystal caseback of the watch.
The Manually Wound Saxonia with the reliable manufacture calibre L941.1 also reflects the new design vocabulary. It features all of the quality facets that ennoble every member of the refined Saxonia family. Its case and dial project the new, elegant styling as well. The watch is available in 18-carat yellow, pink, or white gold and has a diameter of 37.0 millimetres. The separately applied hour markers and the lancet hands are made of the same gold alloy.
Meanwhile, today’s fast travel has made it almost a necessity for travellers to have the ability to track the time at home in addition to the ‘local time’ of where they are currently situated. When looking for a suitable travel watch, it is advisable to look for a dual time timepiece that is easy to read without a cluttered dial, and offers a simple way to change the time. That’s where the brand new A Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time watch scores.
Using a colour coded system, the Saxonia Dual Time uses gold hands for the ‘local time’ and blued steel hands for the reference (or ‘home’) time. This approach helps reduce confusion when looking at the dial, and offers a splash of colour as well. The main time uses a subsidiary seconds dial over 6 o’clock, while there is another subdial under 12 o’clock that is used to indicate whether the time is AM or PM at home. Home time is read via the centrally mounted blued steel hour hand, while both times use the same minute hand. The elegant dial uses applied gold baton hour markers and has a pleasant symmetrical layout.