You have to admit that A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 is one of the great watch designs of the past fifty years. When it was first released as Lange’s first series in 1994, it caused the watch world to pass by tens of thousands of storms (despite being The storm took away, but in those pre-social media days, it was still a calmer thing than it is now). In the past 26 years, it has become a staple of horology. It is hard to imagine that it will no longer exist for too long. In my opinion, it is part of the design of replica watches after World War II, such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, although nature is very different.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 gave birth to the entire watch series in the following years (there are currently nine counterfeit watches in the collection, including all products from the Grand Lange 1 to the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar), all wristbands are derived from the original blue The basic movement structure of the original Lange L901.0, and its two unique “islands” are located in the middle of the German silver 3/4 plate. In 2015, L901.0 was updated to the new L121.1 (for a comparison of the old and new versions of sports, please take a look at the in-depth story). Since then, Lange has been updating the Swiss movements of other watches in the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 family. Today, it announced a new version of the Fake A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone. Lange said this is the last one in the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 collection to receive a technical update from its original movement. This is the first technical update of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone since it was first introduced in 2005 (for a very detailed understanding of the original model, check out Ben Clymer’s A Week On The Wrist, from 2012).
The latest version of the Replica A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone retains its original size of 41.9mm x 10.9mm. When it is launched, you will be able to get it in white gold with a black dial and pink gold with an “argenté” dial. There will be a limited edition, and 100 gold and champagne dials (this is my own personal choice, not because it is a limited edition, but because there is something about the combination, which illustrates a profound and irrational appeal, the old-school luxury vibe of the combination). From a design point of view, the update of the new version is quite subtle, but the overall effect is a visually cleaner watch and an easier-to-use watch.
The most obvious change is the 24-hour display. In the past, this was achieved through a relatively simple expedient in the Lange 1 Time Zone Replica Watch. This quick setting used the pointer to nest two kid dials in the main time and time zone dialing. This work is hardly a fatal flaw, from a design point of view (the original A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 time zone is one of the most popular A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 models), but for greater clarity, this is a new model that has been changed. We now have a rotating disk in the center of each main dial, the diameter of which is separated by blue sectors instead of separate dials. These disks rotate every 24 hours, and whenever the hour hand is in the blue sector, it is the PM of that time zone. The 8:00 trolley adjusts the city ring in one-hour increments (according to the practice, each time zone has 24 reference cities, which are offset by a full hour from GMT), and 10:00 has a push rod to adjust the big date. The mechanism of advancing the city circle is complicated. The booster of the city circle line increment must simultaneously push the city circle, time zone, and timeline, and day/night plate; 67 components make up the entire corrector system.
Anthony de Haas, director of product development at Lange, told us that the reason for the AM/PM indication in the larger of the two dials is that the hours in the main time zone dial can be set independently hand. To do this, pull the crown out of the second position and press and hold the pushrod to advance the hour hand in the Time Zone dial. Usually, when you press the crown to set the time, the hour hand is synchronized with the minute hand, but this operation separates the hour hand and allows you to use the larger of the two dials for local time, while the smaller dial is located at the main time. If there is no day/night indication in the home time dialing, there is no way to know, if you decide to use it as a local time dialing, whether the big date will switch correctly at midnight. Obviously, De Haas said that Lange realized it was a bit late in developing the original A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone, which was a thing to rush to implement the next day/night instructions in time to the deadline of the first version.
Another small but useful addition is a change in the pointer to indicate that the Time Zone refers to a city. It still performs its basic function of displaying the correct reference city for Time Zone dialing, but it now includes a small window showing whether the city is a city that observes Daylight Saving Time/Summer Time – if DST is not observed, red is DST, and white.
With the dial out and the city ring removed, the quadrilateral of L141.1 (which is the term that works under the dial – I suddenly thought that there must be a German equivalent, which I should know, but do not) is visible. You can see the two disks of the 24-hour indicator, as well as the paddle-shaped red and white lights of the DST or lack of these lights.
The position of the DST indicator is controlled by the city ring. When you click on a different Time Zone, the city ring will index it to the appropriate color. The lever for indexing the GMT indicator is displayed at 3-4:00, and its tip is adjacent to No. 8 on the Date Ring, driving along the inner edge of the intervened city ring. If DST is observed in the reference city, the higher step corresponding to that city will raise the tip of the lever, thereby raising the DST indicator to red. I have to say the Swiss Lange Replica Watches are very popular with young men and women now.
The figure above shows the mechanism of advancing the day/night indicator of the city ring, time zone hour hand, and time zone dial. Lange said that through technical supplementation, “Through the corrector lever, the movement of the time zone pusher is transferred to the four-tooth correction star. It is tightly connected to the corrector wheel, engages with the gear wheel of the city ring, and advances clockwise to the next reference city by 15 degrees. The Swiss movement of the city ring is transferred to the city correction pinion, and then to the regional time correction wheel. Only during the short duration of the switching process, the two parts are connected by the lower convex teeth of the city correction pinion. Once the switching process is complete, They will be coupled to each other again. Through the day/night indicator wheel and the intermediate wheel, the rotational movement of the correction wheel is switched by one tooth to the twelve-tooth hour wheel tube. This will cause the area to move forward by one hour.
A natural question to ask is whether you can arrange things so that when the time zone indicator only shows red, DST is actually valid in the city concerned. De Haas said that while this is technically possible, it will be extremely complicated. It is observed that the date of DST varies from city to city, so not only the instructions must be controlled by the perpetual calendar, but each city must have separate or few temporary mechanical solutions. A large part of the challenge is that when coding cycle mode, calendar complications are indeed used-you can make a perpetual calendar, partly because leap years are regular, occur every four years, and always start from February to March.
On the other hand, the summertime rule has no natural rhythm. They are arbitrarily set by different countries (except for everything else, they are about six months apart in the northern and southern hemispheres), which makes the problem more difficult. De Haas said that this kind of watch is technically feasible, but it will be a huge challenge to make it work reliably, and it will make the price of the watch at least three times the current A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 time zone-and for a complicated problem In terms of the benefits of these problems, it is difficult to see the justification for the substantial increase in potential customer costs. (I would love to see Lange do this, but then I like complexity, for its own sake, in terms of evaluating complications, it is a character defect or at least a mistake of taste).
Another technological change is implied by the changes to the dial. The original version of the Lange Time Zone has two mainspring barrels. On the 6-7:00 dial, the word “DOPPELFEDERHAUS” (dual mainspring barrel) acknowledges this. The new version has a bucket that provides 72 hours of power reserve, and the text of the dial part now reads, “GANGRESERVE 72 STUNDEN.”
In a word, this is a luxury watch. But, I think, an important update to an old favorite. One of the good things about the new version is that no changes to the old version feel arbitrary. On the contrary, they feel sane and motivated by considerations related to creating better utility for the owner. The watch is still easy to understand, even easier to use, and intuitive to operate. You get all the high-quality fits, finishes, and overall extraordinary beauty – front and back – which is used to continue the real sweet deal with A. Lange & Söhne in the Lange 1 Time Zone.