He goes on to explain why the Middle East market is important to Lange and notes that the region has really developed in terms of collectors. When speaking of aesthetics versus functionality, Ramzi mentions that although the look, details and aesthetics of the watch are all important, he believes “functionality is the number one parameter that A. Lange & Söhne customers look at.” We then asked Ramzi to tell us about the new collection and new launches at SIHH 2015. He starts by detailing the Saxonia collection…
The Saxonia line is known for its intrinsic gracefulness extended with sleek lines and flawless perfection. This year, Lange came to SIHH showcasing three new models from the Saxonia watch family: Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic and Saxonia Dual Time, with the most notable differences being their different sizes and some distinct animations on the dial. These new models sport a new dial that further enhances the initial graceful design of the line and includes new cleverly placed accents. The overhaul aims at improving legibility. The solid-gold applied hour markers now appear more at the periphery of the dial and the slightly extended black graduations of the minute scale were enhanced to increase their appearance. The subsidiary seconds dial’s tens markers on the Saxonia Automatic and Saxonia Dual Time have been equipped with numerals. In addition, A. Lange & Söhne decided to slightly reduce the case size of the Saxonia to a 35.0mm case because, as Ramzi notes, they “have some clients who prefer a smaller size watch.”
Lange also launched its first watch with a decimal minute repeater, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, making it the brand’s second model with an acoustic time indication. With the click of a pushed, the mechanism sounds the hours, ten-minute intervals and minutes of the digitally displayed time, unlike the conventional system on other minute repeaters which use a slide to sound the time. The watch’s mechanism is prevented from being activated if the remaining power reserve is less than twelve hours in order to ensure the repeater sequence is not prematurely interrupted when the mainspring’s power runs low -which would also prevent the whole watch from working. Engineered down to the finest details, combining the science of acoustic sequencing and harnessing the basic principals of the jumping numerals, the Zeitwork Minute Repeater is truly a technical sensation.
A. Lange & Söhne’s dedication to crafting pure and flawless timepieces has inspired the tasteful and elegant dial design enhancements of their Saxonia family while the Zeitwork epitomizes innovative achievement in their state-of-the-art timepieces.