Though the 1815 Annual Calendar is the watch that made a major splash at SIHH 2017, it’s essential to not fail to remember its archetype, the Saxonia Annual Calendar (which appeared back in 2010). This useful complication is made significantly more wearable by being fueled by a programmed Sax-O-Mat type, and the enormous date show is quintessential Lange. This new release is technically indistinguishable from the first, however with another smooth dim dial matched with a white gold case and a winding rotor that combines a dark rhodium finish with roundabout graining, to give it a dark and-gold appearance. Just 25 pieces will be made of this new model and they’re accessible only through Lange’s U.S. stores in New York City, Costa Mesa, California, and Miami.
I preferred the first Saxonia Annual Calendar, however this sends the watch over the top for me. The combination of the brushed dim dial with the matching white-on-dark date plates is glorious, and the little punch of blue that you get from the moonphase circle holds it back from becoming dull. I additionally truly like the new treatment on the rotor, in spite of for the most part favoring hand-wound Lange watches – I’m anticipating giving it a more critical look under a loupe in the not so distant future. The solitary thing here I’d change? That tie. To me the shiny blue diverts from the nuance and cohesiveness of the dial. Perhaps something in a milder, more obscure blue would better suit the watch. Fortunately, that’s a simple fix.
Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Saxonia Annual Calendar U.S. Store Exclusive
Reference Number: 330.039
Case Material: White gold
Dial Color: Gray on strong silver
Indexes: Applied white gold batons
Strap/Bracelet: Shiny blue gator lash with white gold prong buckle
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, yearly schedule including the month, day of the week, date, and moonphase
Power Reserve: 46 hours
Winding: Automatic by means of miniature rotor
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Total Components: 476
Additional Details: Stop-seconds mechanism with zero-reset; plates and scaffolds made of untreated German silver
Valuing & Availability
Availability: A. Lange & Söhne stores in New York, Costa Mesa, and Miami
Limited Edition: 25 pieces
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