Hi, I'm Tim, welcome to our channel and thanks for logging on. Today, we're discussing a brand icon. It's the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 thirty eight point five millimeters in 18 karat white gold with blue dial. You can see and you can own this piece on our website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel if you enjoy these videos and please click on the cart in the upper right hand corner of the screen at any time during this video to see our full sales listing for this watch with additional accessories included in the sale, high resolution images for your desktop and naturally complete pricing details for this traditionally sized Lange 1 in white gold with blue dial.
Now, this is a fantastic opportunity to get a watch that's a bit outside the bounds of traditional Lange aesthetics. Yes, it's the Lange 1, which means it's the one to buy if you're going to own only one. But with the blue dial and the white gold, this isn't the most common variant, nor is it the second or third most common variant. This is a watch that you tend to see in the business. And I can say from firsthand experience where you may see a thousand watches every month. I've seen two of these in three and a half years. So a rare watch, even though it has the iconic look. It's a great mix of the bedrock brand image of Lange with something that's a little bit off kilter by the standards of the company. The blue dial is subtle, though, and you can see the watch was easy on any risk because it is the traditional Lange size of the proportions and dimensions first launched in nineteen ninety four thirty eight point five millimeters across the round to the case. It's fairly slim, though. It's not an ultra thin watch at ten point one millimeters thick, forty six point nine millimeters from lug to lug. The white gold gives it impressive heft on the wrist so compact it makes its presence felt.
Now the watch features handsome stepped lugs, transitioning to a traditional black rectangular scale alligator leather strap with a monotone stitch and folded edges, natural grand calfskin and black on the underside and a simple Lange pin buckle with the retaining bar that's used to prevent the watch from getting pinned and stuck on a smaller wrist when fixed to the smallest perforation of the opposite side. That's the function of that bar. Now you can see the case is handsomely constructed, with the lugs generously separated by both step and double finish from the case. So you have that satin finish of the case bend, then the step, then the high polish and profile. The lugs are handsome and minimalist, transitioning to a case that is distinguished by the intersection of the mid case in certain and the case back as well as the bezel in high polish. You can see absolute attention to detail paid with a contrast between the satin finish of the rounded grand date pusher and its high polished top. In profile you can see that the case is almost like a little pocket watch for your wrist. And that's the notion behind a Lange design as it harks back to its inspiration from 19th century and early 20th century Saxon watch making. The dial is what you've come to expect from the Lange 1 calculated to symmetry with an underlying mathematical logic that's led to quite a few theories about golden ratio proportioning on the lange one dial. What I can tell you, absent mathematics, is that it is simply appealing. You can see on the three o'clock side of the dial the array of the Graunt date, which features a pusher corrector that's as satisfying to use from a tactile sense as the column wheel of a fine chronograph and then you have the power reserve up and down with a three day total autonomy, beautiful alpha hands, more elegant, more delicate in appearance and in my opinion, more handsome than the heavier Adolphine with a baton style counterweight at constant seconds in a sunken sub register, all of the indices and stylized Roman numerals are diamond polished white gold the hands as well as the aperture of the date. Likewise, in white gold, the dial is a sort of slate blue. It's dark, it's subtle, it has a distinct metallic grain to it and reacts different in different types of light. It may look cobalt, it may look black and everything in between, but it's one of the core appeals of this particular model. Whereas on the back you see the universal appeal of every Lange 1 variant, and that is the gorgeous caliber inside, both esthetically styled and mechanically immaculate. It represents the junction of art and science on your wrist. This is A. Lange Caliber L901.0, the very first caliber on which work was started in 1990. Immediately after the fall of the wall and the reestablishment of the Lange brand. You can see it is incredibly handsome and designed like a pocket watch caliber with the train wheels and the power source set in screw fixed Golden Chaton. This harks back to pocket watches. There's a three quarter style bridge. It's not a true three quarter because there are access ports to each servicing. But the look, the esthetic of the three quarter style bridge inherited from pocket watches, you can see the edge of every bridge as well as the interior of the access ports, beautifully polished, with a mirrored, rounded anglade by hand, not by machine. Hand engraved balance you can see with a black polished Swan's neck regulator the engraving of the structure is entirely free hand by Langes, cadre of artisans who specialize in movement engraving, you can see the golden tone of the movement. This is what's known as German silver or a zinc nickel copper alloy. It's not truly silver. It's actually predominantly copper, zinc and nickel. And the copper gives it that gold hue, it's not plated and silver like rhodium plated Swiss brass. And thus over time, it will become more intensely gold in coloration as it ages. It will never corrode. It will simply become more beautiful and intense over time. You can see that there are two types of screws in this. They're actually assembly screws in blue and adjustment screws in polish. You can see all blue screws are kiln fired and heat oxidized, not chemically died. And then there's an even Perla's across the baseplate. The movement manually wound has a three day power reserve that is dispersed via twin mainspring barrels for more even torque release from the beginning to the end of the watch is wind. It does feature hacking or stop seconds so you can precisely synchronize to a known accurate reference time. Blue is the thing these days, but Lange was ahead of the curve. Years later the original Lange 1 design still looks fresh and in combination with that beautiful blue hue of the dial, this watch is singular, exceptional, even by Lange standards. You can see and own this Lange 1 in white gold on our website.