A. Lange & Söhne
Lange 1 | white gold

Grey Dial

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A. Lange & Söhne
Lange 1 | white gold

Grey Dial

Regular price


This Lange 1 ref. 101.030 features the striking combination of a white gold case and a restrained grey dial, creating a distinctive monochromatic appearance which has deservedly given it a cult status among collectors. Believed to have been produced between 2003 and 2007, it represents one of the most versatile and rare executions of the early Lange 1 design.

 The Rebirth of A. Lange & Söhne 

The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during 20th century. The brand got caught up in the turmoil caused by World War One, the financial crash of 1929, World War Two and was finally placed under the rule of the Soviet Union. The company was nationalised for the next 45 years, essentially spelling the end of the A. Lange & Söhne name. 

Years later, in 1990, the brand was resuscitated by the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Walter, and watch industry veteran, Günter Blümlein. Blümlein, a Nuremberg native who grew up in post-War Germany, had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on the 24th October 1994. The brand released four innovative models, all of the with their own distinctive visual language, the ArkadeSaxoniaTourbillon Pour le Mérite and the Lange 1. 

The "Grey" Lange 1

For many, the Lange 1 is the quintessential A. Lange & Söhne watch, and by extension the purest form of German design in watchmaking. Believed to have been produced between 2003 and 2007, the reference 101.030 combines a white gold case with a restrained grey dial, made out of solid silver. Few of these pieces were ever made, as it is believed that A. Lange & Söhne clients tended to prefer lighter dials at the time. It is understood that this variant was made in fewer examples than the so-called 101.035 "Darth", another unusual Lange 1 from the period.

The decentralised arrangement of the displays on the dial is characteristic, with the centers of the displays designed to form the corners of an isosceles triangle. The masterful use of empty space, with none of the displays overlapping, creates an overall sense of balance and refinement. In keeping with this classic styling, the watch features a crisp grey dial and faceted hands. The oversized date disc, a signature design from the brand, is displayed at the top right corner of the dial, inspired from the Five-Minute Clock at Semper Opera House in Dresden. At 3 o’clock, the power reserve is indicated in German, a reminder of the manufacture’s origins.

The two subsidiary dials, with the indication for the hours, minutes and seconds, have a slightly lighter tone and iridescent finish. The rest of the dial features a darker, matte finish, providing a subtle contrast with the lightly recessed subdials. Being an earlier piece from the German watchmaker, it is housed in a classically sized 38.5mm white gold case, similar to the original Lange 1

The Movement 

The aesthetics of the movement are just as impressive as the mechanics, with chamfering and interior angles superbly hand-finished. Moreover, it features an artistic flourish, a balance-cock engraved by one of Lange’s master engravers. In fact, it is said that each individual watchmaker's unique engraving style can be identified as a result. The bridges and plates are made from German silver, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, with a warm silver tone that will develop a subtle patina over time. The use of this metal, along with the hand-engraved balance cock is a signature of A. Lange & Söhne.

The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 houses a manual-winding calibre L901.0, with a 72-hour power reserve. The movement is comprised of 398 components, of which 54 are jewels and five screwed gold chatons – the latter of which are a mark of Lange’s traditionally German movement. The watch has a lever escapement and the balance beats at 21,600 A/h.

The Set

This A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 ref. 101.030 comes with its outer box, leather box, leather document folder, instruction manual, Official Agents card and International Guarantee (stamped and dated by the retailer, though the last two digits of the year have begun to fade). It was serviced by A. Lange & Söhne in March 2021 (full service and case refurbishment), and comes with a copy of the service paperwork. 

It is also accompanied by one of our grey grained, a new A. Lange & Söhne alligator strap leather straps, as well as its original white gold tang buckle.

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Lange 1 Ref. 101.030
Movement: mechanical manual-winding cal. L901.0
Functions: panorama date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds, power reserve indicator 
Features: grey dial, display back
Case: 38.5 mm white gold
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Strap: grey grained leather strap, white gold tang buckle
Lug: 20mm
Year: 2008 (sold)
Box & papers: outer box, leather box, leather document folder, instruction manual,  Official Agents card, International Guarantee, copy of service paperwork (March 2021)
This A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 ref. 101.030 is in excellent condition overall. It was just serviced by the brand in March 2021, with a full movement service and a case refurbishment being carried out. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with the remained of its 24 month warranty from  A. Lange & Söhne. 

 

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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