Lange 1 And Lange 1 Daymatic: Fraternal Twins

The LANGE 1 was first presented in 1994. Sixteen years later, the LANGE 1 DAYMATIC joined the watch family. In 2015, its predecessor was endowed with a manually wound calibre but its inimitable design remained the same. This year, both timepieces emerge again in all their might.

lange1-daymatic-closeup

Mirror images of one another with subtle deviations here and there, the LANGE 1 and LANGE 1 DAYMATIC might mislead you into thinking they’re the same watch. Do not be duped. A. Lange & Söhne’s mastery resides in creating two different timepiece concepts, harbored in two seemingly similar timepieces!

lange1-pink-gold
A. Lange & Söhne Lange1 pink gold

The LANGE 1 is endowed with a manually wound movement appealing mainly to purists who have taken to the habit of regular winding, while the LANGE 1 DAYMATIC is self-winding, a subliminal occurrence, is what pragmatists seeking convenience prefer. In addition, the outsize date of the LANGE 1 DAYMATIC was complemented with a retrograde day-of-week display. Right after midnight, its hand moves up by one increment, and it jumps to the bottom again at the transition from Sunday to Monday, restarting its day-by-day progression to the top of the scale.

lange1-daymatic-pink-gold
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic pink gold

Despite differences in their mechanisms, both models are joined by the poise and grace of their off-centre dials’ harmonious architecture. The centre of the outsize date and the hand arbors of both the power-reserve indicator and the day-of-week display as well as the small seconds hand arbor are arranged along a vertical line. This is the baseline of an isosceles triangle whose tip coincides with the centre of the main dial.