By Meor Amri Meor Ayob
Last month I reviewed the A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Thin 40 mm and 37mm models. The Saxonia is a series under A. Lange & Sohne that permeates the concept of ‘beauty in simplicity’.
Yesterday, in conjunction of the reopening of the Lange Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo, A. Lange & Söhne presented two new models of the Saxonia Automatic with terra-brown dials solid-silver dial; the first in the series to feature dial with this particular color. An excellent choice as it imparts a natural tone to the watch. There two models come either in pink-gold (Ref. 380.042) or white-gold (Ref. 380.044).
Both models are pure dress watches with a width of 38.5 mm wide. What is more impressive is the thickness of the watch at just 7.8 mm considering it has an automatic movement in its heart. Colour-coordinated, hand-stitched alligator leather straps with gold pink buckle in red brown for the pink-gold casing and dark brown for the white-gold casing emphasizes the elegant nature of these watches.
As with all Lange dials, the “terra-brown” is a disc of solid silver, finished with a fine-grained surface and given a brown coating. All of the hour markers as well as the hands are made of solid gold. Having the sub-second dial at 6 o’clock creates a good symmetry vis-à-vis the various texts printed on the dial. The solid-gold hands and hour markers compliment the dial color and exudes sophistication and class.
Protecting the dial is a flat sapphire crystal. The same type of crystal is also used for the display case-back.
Both models have the in-house automatic Calibre L086.1 movement powering the watch. The large gold and platinum central rotor powers a single main spring barrel, which provides 72 hours of power reserve when fully wound. This Calibre operates at the 21,600 VPH or 3 Hertz range. The movement can be seen through the large displace case-back. The finishing of this movement features brand-typical quality hallmarks such as engraved balance cock, hand-finished bridges, polished beveled angles, blued screws and high-end detailing platinum rotor rim.
My personal favorite is the pink-gold version. I can really see the beauty of simplicity that is typical of these kinds of dress watches. It is elegant yet not showy. It is also practical without any complicated function. More importantly, its warmth and quality makes it majestic. For more info, please visit alange-soehne.com