Pre-SIHH: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia
For its pre-SIHH 2015 preview, A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled three updated models from its Saxonia collection. The refreshed designs come at a fitting time – the Saxonia was one of the four original collections that were presented in 1994, after the manufacture was re-founded in 1990. The focus in 2014 has largely been […]
For its pre-SIHH 2015 preview, A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled three updated models from its Saxonia collection. The refreshed designs come at a fitting time – the Saxonia was one of the four original collections that were presented in 1994, after the manufacture was re-founded in 1990. The focus in 2014 has largely been on the Lange 1 and its 20th anniversary, so it comes as no surprise that the Saxonia is following closely behind this highly popular model. As shown below, the three updated models are, from left to right, the Saxonia Dual Time, the Saxonia, and the Saxonia Automatik.2015’s Saxonia Dual Time comes in a slightly downsized case measuring 38.5mm across, making it the same as the Saxonia Automatik. Size aside, these two watches also share the same base movement. The Dual Time’s L086.2 has its namesake GMT complication, with pushers on the left of the case to conveniently adjust the second time zone forward and backward in 1-hour increments. The Automatik, on the other hand, is a simpler three-hand watch. Both these watches beat at 3Hz, with going times of 72 hours when fully wound. Completing the line-up is the entry level Saxonia, which is powered by the manual-winding L941.1 calibre fitted in a (slightly reduced) 35mm case.
The Saxonia collection comprises classic dress watches which do not lend themselves well to overhauls or changes for the sake of fashion trends. A. Lange & Söhne’s design updates here are quite subtle, to say the least, and mere tweaks to achieve better legibility and proportions. For one, the solid gold applique indices serving as hour markers have been moved further towards the edges of the dials, with double baton indexes now at three, six, nine, and 12 o’clock. To match them, the black minute markers have also been slightly elongated. Finally, the Saxonia Dual Time and Automatik models now have numeral markers on their small seconds sub-dials.All three Saxonia models are available in pink and white gold cases.