Introducing A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition (Specifications & Price)
Since its debut in 2010, the clearly designed A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar has set a benchmark in the calendar watch category. Designed exclusively for the US market, it now comes in a white-gold edition with a grey dial, limited to only 25 pieces and differing from regular pieces in two tiny but significant details.
Engineering ingenuity is at the heart of the Saxonia watch family, whose name is synonymous with the great Saxon watchmaking tradition. One of the best examples of this is the Saxonia Annual Calendar. In addition to the time, it indicates the date, month, day of the week and moon phase. A sophisticated mechanism ensures that the different month durations are correctly displayed from March to January. The date must only be advanced once a year, when February transitions into March. The exceptionally accurate moon phase display only needs to be corrected by one day every 122.6 years.
The legendary self-winding SAX-0-MAT calibre features Lange’s patented ZERO-RESET function: when the crown is pulled, the movement stops and the second hand jumps to the zero position, making it easy to accurately set the time. Ample power is delivered by the bidirectionally winding rotor in 21-carat gold. Its centrifugal mass, made of platinum, adds extra inertia. In this limited edition, the rotor parts around the embossed A. Lange & Söhne logo are plated in black rhodium. To bring back the golden appearance, a circular graining has been added on top – this has never been done to any Lange rotor before.
The sleek grey dial of the Saxonia Annual Calendar delivers its information in a clear and well-organised manner. The colour harmonises perfectly with the 38.5-millimetre white-gold case and the shiny blue alligator strap. Lange’s attention to detail extends even to the font inside the date window: for the first time in a SAXONIA timepiece, the outsize date is realised with white numerals on a grey background, perfectly matching the colour of the dial.
A glance through the sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the magnificently finished movement. All parts are individually decorated and polished by hand. The classic screw balance oscillates beneath the hand-engraved balance cock to make each watch a unique piece of art. The exclusive US edition is only available at A. Lange & Söhne boutiques in New York, Miami and Costa Mesa.
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition
Movement:Lange manufacture calibre L085.1 SAX-0-MAT, self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, reversing and reduction gear with four ball bearings; balance cock engraved by hand
Oscillator:Shock-resistant screw balance; frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat-adjustment mechanism
Power reserve:46 hours when fully wound
Functions:Time display with hours and minutes; subsidiary seconds with stop seconds and ZERO-RESET function; annual calendar with outsize date, day of week, month and moon phase
Operating elements:Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, correctors for advancing the outsize date, day of week, month and moon-phase display
Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 9.8 millimetres
Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 5.4 millimetres
Case: White gold
Dial: Solid silver, grey
Hands and appliques: Gold, rhodiumed
Crystal and caseback: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator strap, blue, shiny
Buckle: White-gold prong buckle
Limitation: 25 timepieces
The price for the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Boutique Edition is $54,000.