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Introducing: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin Black Gold Flux & Outsize Date 2020 Models

A.Lange & Söhne SAXONIA THIN

Just in time for Christmas A. Lange & Söhne has produced a bit of festive sparkle in the shape of a 50-piece limited edition run of the Saxonia Thin with a black Aventurine dial.

The Aventurine we’re focusing on here is a man-made creation (some forms of naturally shimmering quartz and feldspar mineral are also confusingly referred to as Aventurine), produced by dissolving copper flecks in molten glass in a low oxygen environment and then cooling the mixture at a specific rate to control the size of the copper particles as the metal recrystalises.

The material is known by a plethora of names including Goldstone and Gold Flux, which is the name Lange has used since it produced its first such dial in 2018, a Saxonia Thin with blue Aventurine dial. Blue Aventurine is often employed to produce the dials of astronomically inspired watches with the copper inclusions against the dark blue glass making for a fairly faithful reproduction of the night sky.

But while some manufacturers treat Aventurine much like an enamel, grinding it down to a powder and applying it in layers before firing it, Lange claims to cast the molten material directly onto a solid silver dial blank which, given the wildly differing melting points of the two materials, sounds at the very least problematic.

A.Lange & Söhne SAXONIA THIN

Either way the use of black Aventurine, which looks more like deep space than the night sky, feels timelier in 2020, given our current, renewed focus on space exploration. The two-handed Saxonia Thin is one of the few watches currently available that sits comfortably within the traditional (and admittedly conservative) definition of the dress watch, which sees complications such as date windows and even second hands as unnecessary distractions. Here the Aventurine offers a little flair to the model without breaching any of those black-tie conventions.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin

The watch itself is encased in 18ct white gold with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of just 6.2mm and houses the 3Hz manually wound L093.1 which, despite being Lange’s thinnest movement offers a very respectable three-day power reserve.

Lange also revisits 2018 for a further brace of new watches, with new dials options being added to the Saxonia Outsize Date model.

A.Lange & Söhne SAXONIA OUTSIZE DATE

The Saxonia Outsize Date takes the barebones styling of the Saxonia collection – the open dial, applied baton hour markers and narrow bezel – and adds not only a recessed small seconds dial at the six o’clock position but an oversized, double digit date window directly above. Despite a full-width automatic winding rotor and the additional works for the two complications, the model’s 38.5mm case is just 9.6mm thick.

A.Lange & Söhne SAXONIA OUTSIZE DATEA.Lange & Söhne SAXONIA OUTSIZE DATE

Since it was unveiled two years ago, both white and pink gold versions of the model have only been available with a black dial. Now Lange adds a finely textured argenté or silver coloured option.

Price & Specs:

Model: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
Ref: 211.087
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 6.2mm height, 18-carat white gold
Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L093.1, hand wound, 21 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes
Strap: Leather with 18-carat white gold prong buckle
Price/Availability: £22,300, limited to 50 watches, special boutique edition

Model: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date
Ref: 381.026 (white gold, black strap)
381.032 (pink gold, red-brown strap)
Case/Dial: 38.5mm diameter x 9.6mm height, 18-carat white gold or 18-carat pink gold
Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L086.8, automatic, 40 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, outsize date
Strap: Hand-stitched leather in black or red-brown with 18-carat white gold or 18-carat pink gold prong buckle
Price/Availability: £23,500 EUR

More details at A.Lange & Söhne.

About the author

James Buttery

James Buttery lives and breathes watches, editing watch industry bible WatchPro before moving to QP magazine. He has been called on to comment on watches and the industry by the BBC, CNN and the International New York Times among others. Now, he’s the head of watches over at Hype Beast.

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