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Everything You Need to Know About the New Lange 1 Daymatic

By Veyoleen D'souza posted Apr 3rd 2017 at 3:40PM

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Even though the Lange 1 Daymatic appears like a mirror image of the Lange 1, there are some noteworthy characteristics that distinguish the two editions.

 

The Lange 1 is an icon not only in the world of A. Lange & Söhne, but also in the universe of classic watches. Collectors and enthusiasts are acquainted with its origins, but for the neophyte, knowledge of the Lange 1’s beginnings will certainly put things in perspective. Unveiled in 1994, the Lange 1 was the embodiment of numerous factors, starting from its original inspiration to its modern-day significance. By drawing upon the legacy of the watchmakers of the 19th century, not to mention the cultural influence of Dresden (home to A. Lange & Söhne), the Lange 1’s design was a narrative on history and the arts. For instance, the patented outsize date was inspired by the five-minute clock in the Semper Opera House, which was built by royal court clockmaker Johann Friedrich Gutkaes and his apprentice Ferdinand A. Lange, founder of A. Lange & Söhne. It was on the basis of this illustrious foundation that the Lange 1 Daymatic was presented in 2010. At first glance, it seems like the Lange 1 Daymatic is a nearly inverse design of the Lange 1 dial. But only a closer look and an understanding of the inner workings reveal the subtle yet significant details. We’ve listed a few notable characteristics—on the dial and in the movement— between the two editions.  

 

1. The tradition and inheritance of the Lange 1 is beautifully celebrated through the manual winding movement, whose calibre features the Glashütte three quarter plate.  While the romance and tradition of the hand-winding movement is undeniable, there are many who welcomed the convenience and pragmatic quality of the automatic movement of the Lange 1 Daymatic. 

 

2. The inclusion of the self-winding movement meant that the three-day powerreserve indicator—found in the Lange 1—was replaced with a retrograde day-of-the week display in the Lange 1 Daymatic. 

 

3. Of the many variances between the two, our favourite is perhaps the relocation of the time indicator on the Lange 1 Daymatic—an enhanced convenience for those who sport watches on their left wrist. By moving the time indicator to the right-hand side of the dial, the German watchmaker made it possible to see the time by lightly pulling back the cuff of your sleeve.

 

4. When placed beside each other, what’s especially beautiful about the watches is the architecture of the dials. In perfect visual harmony, a vertical line runs through the centres of the small seconds hand, the day-of-theweek display (the power reserve indicator in the Lange 1), and the outsize date. Like an isosceles triangle, this vertical line forms the base whose tip leads to the centre of the time indicator. As the first watch of the Lange 1 family to offer an automatic movement, the Lange 1 Daymatic demonstrated the attributes of both the series and the Saxon watchmaker. In showcasing a fusion of heritage, innovation and utility, it indicated willingness—on the part of A. Lange & Söhne—to embrace change without forsaking its values.

 

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