Introduced in 2005, the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE watch by A. Lange & Söhne was a perfect companion for travellers and frequent flyers. This year, the brand presents a white-gold version with luminous hands and appliqués.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE makes it particularly easy for travellers to keep track of time when they cross over from one time zone to the next. Its dial indicates home time and the current time in a second time zone at a single glance. The applicable time zone can be set with pushbutton convenience. For this purpose, the watch features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities that represent the respective time zones.
A push-piece moves the ring forward in steps of 15 degrees to the East, causing the hour hand of the subsidiary dial to advance in one-hour increments as well. An ingeniously designed synchronisation mechanism allows the zone time displayed on the subdial to be effortlessly swapped to the main dial. The hands in the small dial then assume the positions previously held by the hands in the large one.
With the new LANGE 1 TIME ZONE white gold (reference 116.039) version, these settings can now be effortlessly performed in the dark as well. This is assured by luminous hands and appliques in rhodiumed gold on the decentrally arranged main and subsidiary dials and in the power-reserve indicator.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE watch is powered with the manufacture calibre L031.1 featuring typical quality hallmarks such as the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, screwed gold chatons, the twin mainspring barrel for a power reserve of more than three days, the elaborate whiplash precision index adjuster, the hand-engraved balance and intermediate-wheel cocks, and the ingenious outsize date display which is connected with the time displayed on the main dial.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE watch is also available in Platinum, Pink Gold and Yellow Gold versions.
Model: LANGE 1 TIME ZONE White Gold
Lange manufacture calibre L031.1, manually wound, 72 hours power reserve.
Precision-adjusted in five positions. Twin mainspring barrels, patented twin-disc mechanism for the display of the outsize date, stop seconds feature, 67-part zone-time and city-ring setting and adjustment mechanism.
Plates and bridges made of untreated German silver, balance cock and intermediate-wheel cock engraved by hand.
Diameter: 34.1 mm. Height: 6,65 mm.
Off centre hours and minutes, small seconds hand with stop seconds, patented outsize date. Zone time with city ring. Separate day/night indicators for main and zone time. UP/ DOWN power-reserve indicator.
Ø 41.9 mm, pink gold
Solid silver, argenté dial
Glass and case-back: Sapphire-crystal glass
Pink gold hands with luminous coating, small seconds hand in blued steel
Hand-stitched black crocodile strap, buckle in white gold
Reference 116.021: LANGE 1 ZEITZONE, Yellow gold case with solid silver champagne-color dial and crocodile leather strap
Reference 116.025: LANGE 1 ZEITZONE, Platinum case with solid silver rhodié dial and crocodile leather strap
Reference 116.032: LANGE 1 ZEITZONE, Pink gold case with solid silver argenté dial and crocodile leather strap
Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH