Friday, October 2, 2015

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 - New Versions - Ref 113.041(Pink gold case, blue mother-of-pearl dial) & Ref. 113.043 (White gold case, mother-of-pearl dial)

Unveiled at Watches & Wonders haute horlogerie exhibition and featuring a blue-under laid mother-of-pearl dial, the LITTLE LANGE 1 in a 36-millimetre pink- or white-gold case underscores the feminine facets of A. Lange & Söhne’s celebrated design icon. To achieve the delicate blue colour-saturation effect, the solid-silver dial of both models was endowed with a blue base tint and faced with a thin layer of mother-of-pearl.
The version with the pink-gold case combines pink-gold appliques on the dial and a subtly textured beige calfskin strap to achieve the balanced interplay of materials and colours. In the white-gold model, the appliques in rhodiumed gold and a calfskin strap that matches the blue hue of the dial contribute to its cooler looks.
From a technical standpoint, the LITTLE LANGE 1 features everything that inherently makes the modern classic so desirable. This includes the artisanally finished manufacture movement with a power reserve of three days and the outsize date that has become the brand’s insignia. The German-silver three-quarter plate decorated with Glashütte ribbing, the gold chatons secured with thermally blued screws and the whiplash precision index adjuster on the hand-engraved balance cock are further hallmarks that make this watch an exclusive treasure in terms of technical finesse as well.
Technical details

Lange manufacture calibre L901.4; manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; twin mainspring barrel; plates made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts: 365
Jewels: 53
Screwed gold chatons: 9
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant screw balance; Nivarox® balance spring with afrequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with beat-adjustment mechanism
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Functions: Time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; Lange outsize date; power-reserve indicator
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; recessed push piece for rapid correction of the outsize date
Movement dimensions: Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 5.9 millimetres

Case, dial and strap
Ref 113.041:   Pink gold case; Solid silver, blue tint, faced with mother-of-pearl dial, Pink gold Hands and appliqués; “Pearl” calfskin, beige strap; Pink-gold prong buckle
Ref. 113.043: White gold case; Solid silver, blue tint, faced with mother-of-pearl dial; Rhodiumed gold Hands and appliqués; “Pearl” calfskin, bright blue strap; White-gold prong buckle
Case diameter: 36.1 millimetres; height: 10.0 millimetres
Crystal and back Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)

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