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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic White Gold Watch A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic White Gold Watch US 17 2008 $20,790

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia: A Classic Success

The diverse Saxonia series from A. Lange & Söhne features classic dress watches ranging from simple gold watches with one or two hands to watches with an annual calendar, outsize date display, and moon phase display.

Highlights

  • Introductory models starting at 10,000 euros
  • Also available with a moon phase display and annual calendar
  • For the frequent flyer: Saxonia Dual Time
  • Manual or automatic in-house calibers
  • Cases made exclusively of precious metals

Saxonia: The Simple Dress Watch

The Saxonia has been one of A. Lange & Söhne's most successful models for over 20 years. The Glashütte-based manufacturer first introduced the Saxonia in 1994. Together with the Lange 1, Arkade, and Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite," the Saxonia was one of the first four wristwatches produced by the newly founded company. Walter Lange, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, had only founded Lange Uhren GmbH four years previously. Ferdinand A. Lange had founded his company, A. Lange & Cie, in Glashütte exactly 145 years before. Lange was the founder of the Glashütte watch industry.
A. Lange & Söhne currently has introductory models for less than 15,000 euros in the Saxonia collection, as well as more elaborate watches with automatic calibers, outsize date displays, moon phase displays, and perpetual calendars. The famous Datograph, a flyback chronograph with an outsize date display, is also a part of the Saxonia series. Like the Lange 1, the Datograph has developed into an iconic A. Lange & Söhne timepiece. The standard Saxonia, the thin version, and the automatic version all make perfect, simple dress watches.

Buying Advice

The simplest Saxonia watches are A. Lange & Söhne's introductory models. The Saxonia Thin only has two hands, one for the hour and one for the minutes. The watch is available with a diameter of 40 or 37 mm. The smaller version is available new for around 10,000 euros. The larger, 40-mm version costs around 15,000 euros new. Pre-owned models with small seconds at six o'clock cost around 10,000 euros. New, prices start around 11,000 euros. Older models feature an outsize date display beneath 12 o'clock and can be purchased for less than 10,000 euros.
The Saxonia Dual Time is a good choice for frequent travelers. If you're traveling and change time zones, it can display the local time as well as the time back home. New, this automatic watch costs around 20,000 euros. The Saxonia Moon Phase has a decentralized seconds, outsize date display, and a moon phase display. It costs around 23,000 euros new. Models with an annual calendar are especially practical; watches with this complication only have to be manually corrected once a year at the beginning of March, since the mechanism recognizes those months with 30 or 31 days. This watch is available new for around 30,000 euros.

Harmony and Elegance

The Saxonia is an elegant wristwatch with a harmonious dial design. Thanks to the thin stick indices, the dial is clear and easy to read. The small seconds at six o'clock helps you read the time to the exact second. Current models are 35 mm in diameter, which emphasizes the overall classic feel of the watch. Earlier models were larger at 37 mm in diameter. With a thickness of only 7.3 mm, the current models are quite thin and fit under every sleeve. The case is available in 18-karat pink or white gold. The model with 60 diamonds on the bezel is especially appealing to women. It also features a solid silver dial with a mother-of-pearl top layer, giving the watch a shimmering look.
The in-house caliber L941.1 powers the 35-mm Saxonia. It has a 45-hour power reserve as well as a balance stop so you can set the watch to the exact second. The movement also has the classic Glashütte three-quarter plate. This plate is made of German silver, a delicate material that develops a golden yellow patina over time. The individual pieces are engraved, polished, and cut. The underside of the movement has traditional perlage, even though it isn't visible. The hand-engraved balance cock is even more intricate. No other watch manufacturer places so much value on perfect engravings. The caliber L941.1 consists of 164 pieces, 21 of which are jewel bearings. Four of the rubies are set in screwed gold chatons.

Features

  • Displays hours, minutes, and seconds
  • Older models with an outsize date display
  • In-house caliber L941.1

Saxonia Thin: The Thin Dress Watch

The Saxonia and Saxonia Thin models have especially legible, simple designs. The Thin, in particular, has a clean, plain look with its thin stick indices and only two hands for hours and minutes. The pink gold hand on the 18-karat pink gold version contrasts nicely with the solid silver dial, while the white gold version is more inconspicuous. The Saxonia Thin is available with a case diameter of 40 mm or 37 mm. Both models are only 5.9 mm thick.
The in-house manual caliber L093.1 powers these watches. The movement is incredibly flat at only 2.9 mm thick. The power reserve lasts an impressive 72-hours. Like every Lange watch, the Saxonia Thin has a German silver three-quarter plate. Three of the 21 total ruby jewel bearings are set in gold chatons, which are secured with blued screws. Typical of Lange movements, this caliber is richly decorated. It's polished and cut and features a hand-engraved balance cock. Even parts not visible receive a finish. The movement is made up of 167 pieces, and the screw balance and balance spring are produced in-house. The movement has a frequency of 21,600 A/h. One alternative from another Swiss company is the Patrimony from Vacheron Constantin.

Features

  • Case diameter: 40 mm or 37 mm
  • 5.9 mm thick
  • 72-hour power reserve

Saxonia Dual Time: Two Time Zones

There are also more intricate models in the Saxonia collection aside from the simple three and two-hand models. The GMT watch has an especially helpful complication: it displays two time zones at once, making it very useful for travelers. If you often travel between time zones, then the Saxonia Dual Time is exactly what you're looking for. When you're home, it only displays the time there. However, say you fly to Tokyo; using the push-piece at 10 o'clock, you can set the gold hour hand forward in hour increments to display the correct local time. A second, blue hour hand then reveals itself, which displays the time back home. It runs simultaneously with the gold hand. You use the push-piece at eight o'clock to set the gold hour hand back the other direction. An additional 24-hour subdial at 12 o'clock indicates whether its day or night back home. The numbers and dashes on the top half of the subdial are blue (night), while on the bottom they're black (day).
The automatic caliber L086.2 powers the Saxonia Dual Time. This movement, which vibrates at a frequency of 21,600 A/h, is comprised of 269 individual pieces and has a 72-hour power reserve. The screw balance and balance spring are both produced in-house by A. Lange & Söhne. You use small screws on the balance rim to regulate the watch; the swan neck spring regulates the drop. With a moderate size of 38.5 mm, the watch fits on almost every wrist.

Features

  • Displays local and home time
  • In-house automatic caliber L086.2
  • Case diameter: 38.5 mm
  • 18-karat white or pink gold cases

Saxonia Annual Calendar: A Calendar on Your Wrist

The A. Lange & Söhne Annual Calendar is one of the most complicated watches in the collection. The watch displays the time, current date, day of the week, month, and moon phase. The distinctive outsize date display is located under 12 o'clock. Blued hands on the white gold version indicate the time. The three subdials also feature blued hands. The current day of the week is shown at nine o'clock, and the month is displayed directly across from on a subdial at three o'clock. Every other month is indicated by a three-letter abbrevation, while the rest are displayed as short line indices. This helps make the watch easy to read. The small seconds and the moon phase display are located together at six o'clock. The 38.5-mm watch is available in platinum or white or pink gold.
The caliber L085-1 SAX-0-MAT powers the Saxonia Annual Calendar. The movement is made up of 476 pieces and has a three-quarter rotor. This allows you to view the hand-engraved balance cock and screw balance. The rotor is made of 21-karat yellow gold and its oscillating mass is made of platinum. The rotor winds the mainspring bidirectionally, quickly reaching the maximum power reserve of 46 hours. The display settings for the individual displays can be controlled via the push-pieces. One special feature of this watch is its patented zero reset. This mechanism allows you to quickly set the time. If you pull out the crown, the movement stops and the second hand jumps immediately to zero. Then you can set the minute hand to the correct index and synchronize the watch with a time signal.

Features

  • Displays the time, date, day of the week, month, and moon phase
  • Platinum or white or pink gold case
  • In-house automatic caliber L085-1 SAX-0-MAT