SIHH 2018: A. Lange & Söhne Unveils Saxonia Watches with Entry-Level Complications (and a Special Dial)

The Outsize Date, Moon Phase and an aventurine glass dial.
SIHH 2018 A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

Unveiled today at SIHH 2018 are three compelling iterations of A. Lange & Söhne’s entry-level model: the Saxonia Outsize Date, the Saxonia Moon Phase, and the Saxonia Thin in copper blue.

Available in both white and pink gold, the Saxonia Outsize Date harks back to the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, one of the earliest Lange models, dating to 1997. In classic Lange style, the large date display is advanced by the pusher at 10 o’clock.

SIHH 2018 A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date

Measuring 38.5mm in diameter, the Saxonia Outsize Date is powered by the cal. L086.8, a self-winding movement with a 72-hour power reserve. Being Lange’s entry-level automatic calibre, the L086.8 lacks the zero-reset hacking seconds that was a key feature of the Sax-O-Mat; the “O” in the name came from the seconds hand reset.

More notably, this is the first instance black date discs have been found on an entry-level Lange wristwatch. The German watchmaker historically only equipped its flagship platinum watches, such as the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, with black date discs to match a black dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia moon phase black date disc

The Saxonia Outsize Date is priced at €24,500 in both white and pink gold (refs. 381.029 and 381.031 respectively), and will reach stores in June 2018.


First launched in 2016 in a silver dial, the Saxonia Moon Phase now available with a black dial.

SIHH 2018 Saxonia Moon Phase

It measures 40mm in diameter and is powered by the self-winding L086.5, which is the same calibre as the Saxonia Outsize Date, but with the addition of a moon phase.

The Saxonia Moon Phase is available in white or pink gold (refs. 384.029 and 384.031), both priced at €28,500. Delivery is scheduled to start in April 2018.


And the last of the trio – the Saxonia Thin in Copper Blue – is the most unusual, for rarely does Lange produce dials in uncommon finishes. Made of solid silver, the dial base is coated with goldstone, or aventurine glass. Originating in 17th century Venice, the material shimmers with tiny sparkling specks, actually tiny copper dioxide inclusions in the glass.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin Blue Copper

The watch measures 39mm in diameter and fitted with Lange’s thinnest movement, the hand-wound cal. L093.1. Though it measures just 2.9mm high, it delivers a 72-hour power reserve.

Expected to be available starting April 2018, the Saxonia Thin in copper blue (ref. 205.086) is priced at €20,800.


 

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