With women appreciating watches as much as jewellery, A. Lange & Soehne comes up with creations this year to court the fair hand
By: Soumya Jain
Posted on: May 26, 2014
No more are watches the prerogative of men. Nor are they just another accessory for women. They are well thought about, each jewel scrutinised, and wrapped on the wrist – much like jewellery- before purchasing. Women sure know their taste, and that can be seen from the expanding market for women’s watches. Watch brands are featuring women celebrities in ads and are crafting more pieces for women!
So when A. Lange & Soehne released many new women’s watches this year, we were quite elated!
Shades of class
A part of the acclaimed, minimalist Saxonia family, two new watches by Lange made an appearance at SIHH this year. Flaunting diamond-set white-gold cases, the two new models are a fascinating combination of horological precision and artisanship – for which the brand is known – and feminine elegance.
Available in white and brown faces, our preference goes to the latter. In a world where white and pink seem to rule, this unique shade is making its own sophisticated place!
With svelte hands and baton hour markers in rhodiumed gold, the white- or brown-inlaid mother-of-pearl face indicates the hours and minutes, as well as the seconds on a subsidiary dial. Located at 6 o’clock, the subdial stands in equilibrium with the A. Lange & Söhne signature beneath 12 o’clock. The cool gloss of 18-carat white gold emphasises the graceful silhouette of the two-part case that sparkles with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds. Straps in white or brown crocodile leather match the colour of the dial and amplify the glamour of these watches.
The manually wound manufacture calibre L941.2, with a power reserve of 45 hours, assures high accuracy. As usual, Lange focuses on small aesthetic details, which build on to the character of their watches! The surfaces of the movement are lavishly decorated by hand as well as the Glashütte ribbing that adorns the three-quarter plate made of German silver. Screwed gold chatons and the hand-engraved balance cock complete the look. The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the movement as a showpiece of mechanical ingenuity.
More magnificent than little
The Little Lange 1 “Soirée” is another striking watch. The warm gleam of pink gold, the lustre of mother-of-pearl, and the sparkle of 52 brilliant-cut diamonds strike an endearing chord. Much like the Saxonia watches in design, they also feature in white and warm brown shades.
Despite its compact case with a diameter of only 36 mm, the Little Lange 1 “Soirée” is endowed with all of the features of a Lange 1: the exclusive manufacture calibre L901.4 with a twin mainspring barrel that delivers power for more than three days, a power-reserve indicator, and the patented outsize date. With these assets, it will surely appeal to the continuously growing circle of discerning women who are fascinated by mechanical finesse.
The slender hands and appliques in pink gold on the mother-of-pearl facing emphasise the enchanting and timeless personality of this model. The signature Lange watchmaking artistry, such as the three-quarter plate in German silver decorated with Glashütte ribbing, the hand-engraved balance cock, and the gold chatons secured with cornflower-blue screws, can be admired through a fine sapphire crystal caseback.
Combining aesthetics with technical finesse, A. Lange & Soehne presents watches which all like-minded, classy women will surely appreciate!