A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia: A Classic Success Story
The Saxonia collection from the Glashütte-based manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne represents pure elegance. This gold or platinum dress watch is versatile, ranging from extra-flat two-hand models to those with a perpetual calendar and tourbillon.
5 Reasons to Buy a Saxonia
- Introductory models starting around 11,500 USD
- Also available with a moon phase display and annual calendar
- Saxonia Dual Time with a second time zone
- Manual or automatic in-house calibers
- Cases made exclusively of precious metals like gold or platinum
A Purely Elegant Dress Watch from a German Manufacturer
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia collection has been writing history for over 20 years. The Glashütte-based manufacturer first introduced the Saxonia in 1994, four years after Walter Lange reestablished the company. Together with the Lange 1, Arkade, and Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite," the Saxonia was one of the first four wristwatches produced by the newly reformed company.
Every watch enthusiast is sure to find something they desire for under 17,000 USD in this collection – from ultra-flat dress watches to highly complicated timepieces with a perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph, and tourbillon. Each timepiece is of flawless quality, as people have come to expect from this manufacturer. They contain finely finished in-house manual or automatic calibers, and precious metals like gold, platinum, and silver are standard.
With case sizes ranging from 35 to 45 mm in diameter, there's something for every wrist and plenty of options for both men and women.
How much does a Saxonia cost?
|Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, ref. 740.036||265,000 USD||41.5 mm||Perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph, tourbillon, outsize date, moon phase, power reserve indicator|
|Triple Split, ref. 424.038||159,000 USD||43.2 mm||Rattrapante chronograph, power reserve indicator|
|Lange 31, ref. 130.032||99,500 USD||45.9 mm||31-day power reserve, outsize date|
|Langematik Perpetual, ref. 310.025||68,500 USD||38.5 mm||Perpetual calendar, outsize date, moon phase|
|Saxonia Annual Calendar, ref. 330.025||47,000 USD||38.5 mm||Annual calendar, outsize date, moon phase|
|Saxonia Dual Time, ref. 386.026||23,000 USD||38.5 mm||Second time zone, day/night display|
|Saxonia Thin, ref. 205.086||18,000 USD||39 mm||Only 6.2 mm thick|
|Saxonia, ref. 219.028||12,500 USD||35 mm||7.3 mm thick, small seconds|
The Saxonia: Harmonious, Elegant, and Only 5.9 mm Thick
The standard Saxonia model is an elegant wristwatch with a harmonious dial design. Thanks to thin stick indices, the dial is clear and easy to read. The small seconds at 6 o'clock is a wonderful addition to the overall look and lends this watch beautiful symmetry. You can choose from a 35 or 37-mm case. Both variants are only 7.3 mm thick and can easily slide under a shirtsleeve. The manual caliber L941.1, which itself is only 3.2 mm thick, allows for these impressive dimensions. You can view this movement at work through the sapphire glass case back. 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 velvety shimmer.
Plan to spend between 12,500 and 14,000 USD on a 35-mm Saxonia in mint condition. At around 14,500 USD, the 37-mm models are only slightly more expensive. The addition of diamonds causes those prices to rise to between 24,000 and 25,000 USD.
The Saxonia Thin has a slightly simpler design than its sister model. Two hands and thin stick indices give it a clean and tidy feel. The 37, 39, or 40-mm case comes in pink or white gold. The 2.9-mm thick in-house caliber L093.1 is manually wound and keeps the Saxonia Thin's case height at a mere 5.9 mm.
You can purchase a pre-owned 37-mm Saxonia Thin for as little as 11,500 USD. Prices for never-worn timepieces are around 13,000 USD. If you prefer one of the larger models, expect prices ranging from 16,500 to 18,500 USD.
The Saxonia Automatic has an equally simple design. Unlike its manual counterparts, this timepiece is powered by the automatic caliber L086.1, one of A. Lange & Söhne's flattest automatic movements. The pink or white gold case measures 38.5 mm in diameter and 7.8 mm thick. For the dial, you can choose between two exquisite colors: deep blue or velvety brown.
Set aside around 16,500 USD for a well-maintained Saxonia Automatic in white gold with a blue dial. In mint condition, the same timepiece costs about 19,500 USD. The version with a pink gold case and brown dial costs around 20,500 USD new and 17,500 USD pre-owned.
The Innovative GMT Display on the Saxonia Dual Time
In addition to two- and three-hand models, the Saxonia collection also contains more complicated watches. The Saxonia Dual Time displays a second time zone, which is an especially practical function. When you're home, it only displays the local time. However, if you ever find yourself in a different time zone, you can set the rhodium-plated gold hour hand backward or forward in hour increments using the push-pieces at 8 and 10 o'clock, respectively. This unveils a second, tempered blue hour hand, which displays the time back home. It and the gold hand run simultaneously. An additional 24-hour subdial at 12 o'clock indicates whether it's day or night in your home time zone.
The automatic caliber L086.2 ticks away inside the Saxonia Dual Time and lends it its 72-hour power reserve. This watch is available in 18-karat white or pink gold and at 38.5 mm in diameter, it fits well on almost every wrist. Pre-owned examples of this GMT watch sell for around 19,000 USD, while mint-condition pieces demand about 23,000 USD.
Annual and Perpetual Calendars
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar is one of this collection's most complicated watches. It features three subdials: the month at 3, the small seconds and moon phase at 6, and the day at 9 o'clock. The characteristic outsize date display sits at 12 o'clock. You only have to correct this display once a year on March 1st. The beating heart of the Saxonia Annual Calendar is the automatic caliber L085-1 SAX-0-MAT with a three-quarter plate made of gold and platinum. Fully wound, this movement has a power reserve of 46 hours. One special feature of this watch is its patented zero reset, which allows you to set the time to the exact second. When you pull out the crown, the movement stops and the second hand jumps immediately to zero. You can then set the minute hand to the correct index and synchronize the watch with a time signal.
The 38.5-mm Saxonia Annual Calendar comes in platinum, white gold, or pink gold. Plan to spend around 32,500 USD for a pre-owned gold model. Never-worn pieces sell for about 36,500 USD. The platinum versions cost around 47,000 USD new and 38,000 USD pre-owned.
As its name suggests, the Langematik Perpetual is outfitted with a perpetual calendar. This mechanism automatically accounts for varying month lengths as well as leap years. It won't require adjustment until February 2100, and then just by one day. Its dial has a very similar layout to the Saxonia Annual Calendar: There's an outsize date at 12 o'clock and a combined small seconds and moon phase display at 6. At 3 o'clock, you'll find a subdial with the months as well as an additional leap year indicator. The subdial at 9 o'clock does double duty as well, functioning as both a day display and day/night indicator. This watch also features an automatic caliber with a three-quarter plate, namely the L922.1 SAX-0-MAT with a 46-hour power reserve.
For this timepiece, the luxury watch manufacturer departed from the restrained style of the other Saxonia models and added a railroad minute scale and Roman numerals. The 38.5-mm case is available in white, pink, or yellow gold. The dials also come in a variety of colors.
Yellow gold models with silvery white dials are the most affordable. You can purchase one of these watches for around 48,000 USD new and 42,000 USD pre-owned. The pink gold version with a white dial demands prices of between 44,000 USD for a pre-owned timepiece and 56,000 USD for a new one. If the white gold model with a black dial is more your style, be prepared to spend anywhere from 58,000 to 61,000 USD depending on its condition. The most expensive model pairs a white gold case with a gray dial. It costs around 68,500 USD new and 52,500 USD pre-owned.
Outside Date and Moon Phase
Despite being less complicated, the Saxonia Outsize Date is no less interesting. The distinctive Lange outsize date at 12 o'clock, a small seconds dial at 6, and line indices combine to create an extremely tidy and elegant watch. The current models are 38.5 mm in diameter and feature black dials made of solid silver. These watches are easy to spot thanks to their date displays, which feature white numerals on a black background. The automatic caliber L086.8 powers these timepieces and has a 72-hour power reserve. You can call one of these stunning timepieces in white or pink gold your own for around 20,500 USD.
You can save a few thousand dollars by purchasing the previous model. It packs the same classic design into a slightly smaller, 37-mm case. The automatic caliber L921.1 with a 46-hour power reserve ticks away inside these timepieces. Well-maintained pre-owned models change hands for as little as 13,500 USD, while mint-condition watches demand around 16,000 USD. The 34-mm women's model with a manual movement is even more affordable. Plan to spend about 10,500 USD on this timepiece.
A moon phase display is one of the most classic complications. For the Saxonia Moon Phase , the Glashütte-based manufacturer combines a moon phase display with another classic feature: the outsize date. These two sit across from each other on the dial, with the outsize date at 12 and the moon phase display within the small seconds dial at 6 o'clock. Its depiction of the Moon's movements is accurate to 99.998%. The automatic caliber L086.5 gives this watch its accuracy and can run for up to 72 hours when fully wound.
These 40-mm timepieces are available exclusively in white or pink gold with a black or silvery-white dial made of solid silver. Prices range from 22,500 to 24,000 USD for never-worn models and 20,500 to 22,000 USD for pre-owned ones.
The Datograph: A World-Class Flyback Chronograph
Since its introduction, the Datograph has developed into a small line within the Saxonia collection. A. Lange & Söhne outfits the Datograph with their characteristic outsize date and a flyback chronograph with a precise jumping minute counter. You can recognize these watches by their 39-mm cases in gold or platinum and the Roman numerals on the dial. The minute counter and small seconds sit just below 3 and 9 o'clock, respectively. The date display at 12 o'clock rounds off this watch's pleasant symmetry. A sapphire glass case back offers a stunning view of the manual caliber L951.1 at work. This movement comes with a 36-hour power reserve. Since they are no longer part of the current catalog, these watches are a more affordable way to get your hands on a Datograph. Depending on its condition and materials, prices for these watches sit between 38,500 and 53,500 USD.
A. Lange & Söhne equips the current standard model with additional complications while remaining true to the original technological and design concept. For example, the Datograph Up/Down now features Lange's famous power reserve display at 6 o'clock. This display lets you know when the watch needs to be wound. Thanks to the manual caliber L951.6, this is only necessary every 60 hours. Pre-owned pink gold examples of this chronograph sell for about 48,500 USD. Mint-condition pieces start around 57,000 USD. Models with a platinum case cost anywhere from 62,500 to 67,500 USD depending on their condition.
In addition to being a flyback chronograph with a precise jumping minute counter, the Datograph Perpetual features a perpetual calendar. This calendar displays the date, day, month, and leap year and also comes with a day/night indicator. To keep the dial easy to read, the minute counter and month display share a subdial at 3 o'clock, while the day and small seconds occupy a subdial at 9 o'clock. Both of the larger subdials also have smaller, overlapping subdials: A day/night display intersects with the top of the minute counter, and a leap year indicator sits atop the lower half of the subdial with the months and small seconds. A moon phase indicator at 6 o'clock rounds off the Datograph Perpetual's dial.
Set aside around 102,000 USD for a never-worn 41-mm pink gold model with a white dial. Pre-owned pieces cost about 10,500 USD less. White gold models with a gray dial demand a solid 107,000 USD in mint condition.
Only 100 copies of this masterpiece of watchmaking exist. It comes exclusively in platinum with a black dial made of solid silver. Expect to see prices of around 265,000 USD for this timepiece.
Measure Intervals of up to 12 Hours: The Double and Triple Split
The Saxonia Double Split and Triple Split are the ultimate rattrapante chronographs. Both watches far exceed the capabilities of normal split-seconds chronographs. The Double Split features a rattrapante hand not only for the central stop seconds, but also for the elapsed minutes at 3 o'clock. This means it can measure two separate intervals of up to 30 minutes. The Triple Split takes things one step further: Its hour counter at 12 o'clock also has a rattrapante hand, allowing you to time intervals of up to 12 hours. What's more, both watches have a small seconds dial at 9 o'clock as well as the company's distinctive up/down power reserve display.
The manual caliber L132.1 ticks away inside the 43.2-mm white gold case of the Triple Split and provides it with 55 hours of energy. This timepiece is limited to a run of 100 and costs around 159,000 USD. The Double Split houses the manual caliber L001.1, which has a 38-hour power reserve. Current models with a pink gold case and light, solid silver dial sell for around 82,000 USD pre-owned and 95,500 USD new. Older timepieces with a black dial and platinum case are slightly less expensive at 80,500 to 93,000 USD.
The Lange 31 with a 744-Hour Power Reserve
The Lange 31 may appear much simpler than its rattrapante cousins at first glance; however, upon closer inspection, it is perhaps even more impressive. Its name comes from its enormous 31-day power reserve. This massive number is a result of the caliber L034.1's two barrels, each of which contains a spring that is 1,850 mm long. A special key helps you fully wind the movement with only a few quick turns.
At 45.9 mm in diameter, the Lange 31 is the Saxonia collection's largest watch. It also features a modified dial: The outsize date sits at 10 o'clock, while the rather large up/down power reserve display is located at 3 o'clock. A small seconds dial occupies the 6 o'clock position.
Pink gold models with silvery white dials have the most intriguing prices. You can find well-maintained pre-owned examples starting for as little as 83,300 USD. Never-worn watches cost a fair bit more at around 99,500 USD. If you'd prefer a platinum model, be prepared to dig even deeper in your pockets. Prices range from 93,000 USD for a pre-owned timepiece to 137,000 USD for one in mint condition. Add another 5,700 USD to that price for one of the 100 white gold models with a gray dial made of silver.