A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Models 20th Anniversary

Timeless designs have for long?played?a key role in?the history of high-end watch brands. Despite the numerous funky and bold new technologies and?their consequently stunning aesthetics, there can be no doubt that classic designs make for an extremely large portion of watch sales even today. And while it?is?borderline impossible?to judge whether or not a design will?stick, as time passes, some key looks do?stand out, as they become instantly recognizable classics of a brand or, sometimes, an era. The A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 certainly is a watch that?pulled off both feats, as?this unmistakable design now celebrates its 20th anniversary-and quite a celebration it is!The A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 is indeed the watch with which A. Lange Sohne (re-)debuted in 1994. Despite the?fact that the Lange workshops can be traced back as far in time as 1845, the companys history ended in 1948, as the Lange family was expropriated and the East German state took possession of the company. It was not until late?1990 that the A. Lange Sohne trademark was re-registered, and it took another four years for the company founders great-grandson Walter Lange and iconic?watch brand director Gunter Blumlein to prepare the brand for?the release of its first lines of watches. Ultimately, the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 was born, and with its subtle triangular dial-layout, splendid?legibility, and unmistakably German design, it became the trademark?model for the brand. Unfortunately, Blumlein is no longer with us, but the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 certainly carries his tradition. Over the past two decades, despite its seemingly straight-forward looks, the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1?had seen more minor and nerdy updates like a large and highly accurate moon-phase display (hands-on here), or the much cooler A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 Lumen (which we debuted here). Today, as part of the second annual Watches Wonders fair in Hong Kong,?Lange presents five sets of his and hers A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 watches to celebrate the models 20th anniversary.Sporting the trademark triangular layout of the?outsize date, the power reserve indicator, as well as the subdials for the running seconds and the hours and minutes, the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 will come in a 38.5 millimeter wide case, while the so-called Little Lange 1 ladies piece will be 36.1 millimeters in diameter. Both versions will?be?a more wearable 10 mm in thickness.?The watches can only be purchased in one of the five sets which will come in the following case?material and dial color combinations:?platinum case with black or rhodie dials, white gold case with a blue dial, or pink gold case with either argente or black dials.In all instances, A. Lange Sohne will craft the dials from solid silver and will decorate them with extensive guilloche engraving. Hidden behind the dial is the L901.0, hand-wound manufacture caliber in both the mens and the ladies versions, featuring the brands well-known German silver plates and hand-engraved balance cocks. The movement?will provide?an ample?72 hours of power reserve, thanks to its twin-barrel configuration and 3Hz rate-in short, everything is as one has come to expect from?the?Glashutte-based manufacture. While A. Lange Sohne says that the two models symbolize the significance of spending time together, and that they are, like two harmonizing voices in a duet, I wish the splendid opportunity of the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1s?20th anniversary was used to transmit a less cheesy and generic message, but rather something more closely related to the importance of this model in the companys history. The two pieces could have connected the past and the future of the brand, or offered some other comprehension of the models role and the different versions we have seen over the years.With that said, the A. Lange Sohne Lange 1 is as striking and?refined as it ever was, and it is good to see that this occasion is celebrated with not one but five sets of watches-with each set being limited to just 20 pairs.?Prices for the pink?gold sets will be?$98,100, the white gold and blue dial set is?$100,500, while the platinum versions will retail for $122,900. [...]