A. Lange & Söhne presents its first annual calendar watch, the SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR.
In this annual calendar wristwatch, an elaborate mechanism automatically advances the day of the week, the date, and the month under consideration of its duration in days. The calendar assembly only needs phase are harmoniously arranged on a dial of exquisite coherence.
Apart from the unparalleled combination of the annual calendar and Lange’s iconic outsize date, the A. Lange & Söhne SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR stands out with an exceptionally precise moon-phase display and the famous self-winding SAX-0-MAT calibre with its ingenious ZERO-RESET hand-setting mechanism.
With its sleek baton-style hour markers, crisp minute scale, and rhomboid arrangement of calendar indications, the dial is refreshingly harmoniuos. It features prominent lancet hands that sweep over the easily legible Lange outsize date in the characteristic twin-frame aperture at the top of the dial.
This layout reflects a modern design principle that derives its beauty from functional integrity. The most important information – the time and the date – is provided at a first glance. The subsidiary dial at 9 o’clock indicates the day of the week.
The stage for the moon is at 6 o’clock: this display is so precise that it only needs to be corrected by one day every 122 years. The same position is shared by the subsidiary seconds dial.
Finally, the months are indicated on the subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock. The calendar mechanism of the A. Lange & Söhne SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR watch automatically switches the months with 30 and 31 days and only needs to be corrected once a year: on the last day of February or the first day of March.
After extended periods in the fully unwound state, all three calendar indications and the moon-phase display can be quickly and individually updated with separate recessed push pieces.
The SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR watch houses the superbly crafted, multiple-award-winning SAX-0-MAT self-winding calibre. The zero in its name refers to the patented ZERO-RESET function that stops the movement when the crown is pulled and instantly advances the seconds hand to 12 o’clock so that the watch can be easily and comfortably synchronised with an official time signal.
The design of the winding mechanism is also an object lesson in technical prowess: the gold rotor with the peripheral platinum centrifugal mass is suspended between ball bearings and winds the mainspring bi-directionally. It is so effective that it produces an ample power reserve even on the wrist of a calm wearer.
The passion and time invested in the finish of the movement parts also belong to the Lange culture. Even surfaces that are concealed after the assembly of the movement are meticulously decorated with refined patterns. The hand-engraved balance cock turns each watch into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
The A. Lange & Söhne SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR watch is available in a white-gold or pink-gold case with a diameter of 38.5 millimetres.
Model: A. Lange & Söhne SAXONIA ANNUAL CALENDAR
Lange manufacture calibre L085.1 SAX-0-MAT, self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards and largely decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver with integrated three-quarter rotor in 21-carat gold and centrifugal mass in platinum, reversing and reduction gear with four ball bearings; balance cock engraved by hand
No. of movement parts : 476
No. of jewels : 43
Escapement : Lever escapement
Oscillation system : Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance, Nivarox balance spring, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism
Power reserve : 46 hours when fully wound
Movement dimensions Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 5.4 millimetres
Time indication with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds and ZERO-RESET function, annual calendar with patented outsize date, day-of-week, month, and moon-phase displays
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time,one recessed push piece each to advance the outsize date, day-of-week, month, and moon-phase displays
Case: White gold (Ref 330.026); Pink gold (Ref 330.032)
Diameter: 38.5 millimetres
Height: 9.8 millimetres
Glass and caseback : Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Solid silver, argenté
Hands: Blued steel hands (Ref 330.026)/ Rhodiumed pink gold and blued steel hands (Ref 330.032)
Hand-stitched crocodile strap and Lange prong buckle in solid white or pink gold
Ref 330.026: White gold case; Solid silver argenté dial with blued steel hands; Brown crocodile strap
Ref 330.032: Pink gold White gold case, Solid silver argenté dial with pink gold and blued steel hands; brown crocodile strap