February 2, 2009

Lange 1 Time Zone Watch

A. Lange & Sohne is one of the watchmakers that could barely wait for the new year to come in order to unveil their innovations to the crowd. And after seeing what the company had in mind for its clients, in 2009, there's no wonder it was impatient. The Lange 1 watch is quite probably one of the most acclaimed mechanical wrist watches of the new era, its features having elevated it to the flagship status, but the Lange 1 Time Zone, whose latest version has been released this year, comes to enrich the experience of owning a Lange 1 timepiece.

You could probably look at the dial of this beautiful Lange 1 Time Zone watch and not identify anything out of the ordinary. You'd see the two watch faces, the larger showing local time, and the smaller one displaying the time of one of 24 other time zones. You'd see the day and night indicators nicely integrated into each watch face, and you'd also notice A. Lange & Sohne's iconic Out-Size Date window, as well as the "up" - "down" power reserve meter.

This also points to the fact that watch makers are obsessed with details and keeping current on world events, with A. Lange & Sohne taking the lead, at least when it comes to time zones. Also, the 42mm wide case of the watch is constructed from 18k pink gold. The movement is the carefully made in-house Lange L031.1 manually-wound movement with a 72 hour power reserve. The dial is a solid grayed silver, and the strap is brown crocodile.