A. Lange & Söhne 205.086
Saxony’s meteoric rise and fall lead to the eventual creation of A. Lange & Söhne, founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845. The foundations of German watchmaking can be attributed to both Lange and his mentor Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Sadly the company A. Lange & Söhne was expropriated after World War II as a result the brand disappeared. In 1990, Walter Lange, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson, ventured to start all over again. For the second time, a watch manufactory named A. Lange & Söhne, was built from scratch in Glashütte. The brand is now known to have created some of the most appreciated complications in the industry through its unique design language and master engineering.
This 39mm 18-carat white gold reference 205.086 forms part of the Saxonia collection. The Saxonia collection houses some of A. Lange & Söhne’s most innovative references. This particular reference, oozes elegance paired with a sense of modernity. The ultra-thin case measures just 6.2mm in thickness, allowing for ultimate comfort on the wrist.
The magical dial of this two-hand watch is simply captivating. The base of the dial is made of solid silver and the upper part consists of aventurine glass. Producing aventurine glass sheets is by no means a simple task, it requires a continuous process of heating and melting the glass. Microscopic copper oxide crystals are added during the heating process, once cooled, the copper crystals saturate into the blue glass and this eventually results in the milky way starry night sky look. The sheets are then carefully cut out and polished, once glued onto the solid silver dial, the rhodium finished white gold applied hour markers, and hands are applied. The contrast between the aventurine dial and rhodium-finished hands works relatively well.
The manually wound calibre L093.1 measures just 2.9mm in thickness and still manages to provide a 72-hour power reserve. The movement features a lever escapement, in-house-made hairspring, the traditional hand-engraved balance cock and is finished to the high standard with traditional cote de Geneve. This example comes as a full set.
Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Case Diameter: 39mm
Box & Papers: Full Set