A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Blue dial - 191.028

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A. LANGE & SOHNE LANGE 1 – 191.028
White Gold | Blue dial

Origin

‘The entire pursuit of a watchmaker should be the perfection of each and every watch.’ These fierce words were spoken by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, founder of A. Lange & Söhne in 1845, and still embody the spirit of the German watch brand. The fine watchmaking brand from Glashütte has lived up to these words ever since – undoubtedly challenging the status of its Swiss contenders.

Yet the history of the German watchmaker has not been without endeavour. The company’s main manufacture was destroyed during a bombing on the last night of war in 1945. A few years later, in 1948, the brand disappeared during the occupation by the Soviet Union. But the legendary watchmaker’s spirit did not pass on: a mere 40 years later – when Germany celebrated the fall of the Berlin wall – great-grandson Walter Lange revived the brand with watchmaking amour fou.

Lange & Söhne timepieces are known for their mechanical movements with outstanding functionality and avant-garde precision – all developed, produced and assembled in-house. Most Glashütte-crafted watches feature a gold or platinum case. The brand furthermore stands out in elegant time-only dress watches and complications such as chronographs and perpetual calendars.

From the rebirth of A. Lange & Söhne one watch in particular out: the Lange 1 model, a true modern design icon carrying the brand’s distinctive outside date. This highly valued model has been a collector’s item ever since, winning over forty awards.

The Watch

This A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, ref 191.028 was created in 2017 as one of the four timepieces coined ‘Blue series’, together with the Lange 1 Daymatic, the Saxonia and the Saxonia Automatic, in line with the blue dial style trend in the horology world. Yet blue dials are very rare for A. Lange & Söhne – lacking nearly completely in their collection.

Nearly, because in 1997 the brand produced the famous Lange 1, reference 101.027 with a blue dial. Twenty years later this edition – a renewed Lange 1 model with thinner bezel and fonts and an upgraded movement – was created with a deep-blue watch face. Following the tradition, it was only in production for a short period of time making this by now discontinued timepiece a rare find. 

The blue dial is handcrafted from solid silver and embellished with solid-gold appliques and hour markers with hands made of rhodiumed gold. Characterized by its unique decentralized and asymmetrical dial design in a classic 18k white gold 38,5mm case, it features a hours and minutes sub-dial with appliqué Roman numerals, a smaller second sub-dial at 5 o’clock, an oversized double window date display with quick-change feature and a power reserve indicator.

The Movement

The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 191.028 houses the L121.1 caliber, as opposed to the L901.0 caliber from the 1997 101.027-edition. This hand-wound movement has a double-barrel with 72-hour power reserve and a free sprung balance with 6 eccentric poising weights.

Condition

This discontinued and rare A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 timepiece is in mint condition with only light hints of use and has perfect mechanical functioning. It comes as a full set, including box and papers.

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Reference 191.028
Movement Manual Wound
Caliber
Calibre L121.1
Dial Blue
Size (Case) 38,5 mm
Material (Case) White gold
Strap Taupe Saffiano & Original blue alligator
Glass Sapphire
Condition Very good
Year 2018
Papers Yes
Box Yes
Warranty 2 years

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