A Lange & Sohne presents new SAXONIA DUAL TIME model dedicated for globetrotters and frequent fliers. For anyone who travels frequently or who often needs to communicate with people elsewhere in the world, the display of a second time zone is a truly useful complication. The SAXONIA DUAL TIME presents a new paragon of convenience when it comes to setting the time for a second zone: When its owner makes the transition from one time zone to another, the solid-gold hour hand that indicates local time can be incremented or decremented in one-hour steps.
This is done simply by actuating one of the two push pieces located at 8 and 10 o’clock in the left-hand case flank. When the upper push piece is pressed once, the hour hand advances by one hour. When the lower one is actuated, the hour hand jumps anti-clockwise, again in one-hour steps. The progression of the minute hand is not affected by this operation.
Thus, on a flight from Munich to New York, the lower push piece has to be actuated six times to assure that the watch displays the correct local time when the aircraft lands. A second hour hand in blued steel permanently keeps track of the time at home. A compact 24-hour subdial in the upper half of the watch face offers extra guidance. It is synchronised with home time and always tells the owner of the SAXONIA DUAL TIME whether it’s day or night at home.
With its cleverly organised indications, the eminently legible dial of the SAXONIA DUAL TIME assures an instant reading of local and home time at a glance. Styled for comfort and aesthetic appeal, its pink or white gold case has a diameter of 40 millimetres. Its movement is the totally redesigned self-winding calibre L086.2, which was complemented with an extra handsetting mechanism for the second time zone.
Energy-efficient winding is assured by a central rotor with a centrifugal mass made of 950 platinum. When fully wound, the watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. The Lange style quality hallmarks of the movement include the hand-engraved balance cock and an indexless oscillation system with a screw balance as well as a proprietary balance spring developed and manufactured in-house. It breathes at a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.
The movement, lavishly decorated by hand, reflects the pinnacle of Lange watchmaking artistry. The surfaces of its numerous parts, even of those that cannot be seen after final assembly, are finished with consummately executed polishing and decorating techniques. Like watermarks, they make every A. Lange & Söhne watch a one-of-a-kind treasure.
Ref. Nos. 385.026 / 385.032
Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L086.2, self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards and largely decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates in untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement dimensions: diameter 30.4 millimetres; height 4.6 millimetres
No. of movement parts: 268
No. of jewels: 31
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance; superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Functions: Time display with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; display of second time zone with second hour hand, 24-hour display and day/night indication
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; one push piece each for stepping the time forward and backward in one-hour increments
Case & Dial
Case dimensions: diameter 40.0 millimetres; height 9.1 millimetres
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Case Material : White gold / Pink gold
Dial: Solid silver, argenté
Hands: Rhodiumed gold; hour hand of second time zone and 24-hour hand in blued steel / Pink gold; hour hand of second time zone and 24-hour hand in blued steel
Hand-stitched crocodile strap, black / Hand-stitched crocodile strap, chestnut
Buckle: Lange prong buckle in solid white gold / Lange prong buckle in solid pink gold