A. LANGE & SÖHNE
Lange 1 ref. 101.035
On October 24th, 1994 Walter Lange and his partner Günter Blümlein resuscitated the emblematic german brand created by Walter’s great-grandfather in the 19th century. They launched 4 strong models: the elegant Saxonia, the rectangular Arkade, the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite (« for the merit » in French) and the pioneering Lange 1.
The Lange 1 has quickly become an iconic chic yet sporty model. Its design combines heritage and craft. It particularly masters the asymmetry of the dial like non overlapping constellations in a fairly empty space. Yet by construction the center of each section form the corners of an isocel triangle contributing to assemble an obvious balanced set. A lot of the watch character emanates from the oversized date window directly inspired from the Five-Minute Clock of the Semper Opera House in the city of Dresden. The variation of the Lange 1 proposed here is one of the market’s favorite: there unique configuration of black dial and black date wheel encased in platinum adorned with white gold index and hands. Despite a relatively long production period for a Lange from 1999 until 2006 it remains one of the least common in the market. Possibly due to a small production number as Lange’s clients were preferring white dials at the time.
Dial & case: featuring a texture in between matte and satin finish the captivating black dial absorbs the light and catches the eye like a black hole would do. This all black look gave this reference the nickname of « Darth » in reference to Star Wars’ vilain Vader. Subdials are slightly recessed intensifying the sector effect. Overall the watch provides an impression of intense elegance.
Size: perfectly sized to a 38.5mm diameter. Thickness = 10.1mm. Intra lugs 20mm.
Bracelet: black grained leather strap with the platinum buckle engraved « LANGE ».
Movement: superb hand finished manual winding calibre L901.0. 72h power reserved indicated in german on the dial.
Box & papers: A. Lange & Söhne service box. We estimated from serial this timepiece is from circa 2002.
Possibly the most desirable version of the early Lange 1 series.