Today’s post is about one of the most day-to-day wearable new ranges of women’s watches to have crossed my path this year – A. Lange & Söhne’s latest versions of their Little Lange 1.
With a colour palette that distinguishes them from other both other Little Lange 1s and in fact Lange in a broad sense, these new iterations all feature gold engine-turned guilloché dials in either purple, grey, or brown. The first two are white gold models and the third, pink gold. All the applied markers for each model are 18 carat pink or white gold in accordance with the case metal.
Powering the time, outsize date and AB/ AUF power reserve indicator is the manual-wind Calibre L121.1 movement, beating at 21,600VPH and with a three day power reserve. Originally introduced in the Lange 1, the calibre has not been downsized for this Little Lange 1, with the only modification being to the 36.8mm case size, whose thickness has been reduced to 9.5mm by turning a three-part case into a two part one. There is, of course, the beautiful hand-finishing associated with Lange, including the hand-engraved balance cock and the German silver (the name belying the fact that it is actually a brass and nickel alloy) three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing.
Although the watch is aimed at women, at 36.8mm the sizing is in a comfortable zone for many men. The most striking and eye-catching of the triumvirate is the purple dial, with the brown and grey more conventionally coloured, but of the three it is the last, an elegant soft grey, to which I found myself most drawn.
All three watches come with alligator straps mirroring the colour of the dial. The purple dial is a ’boutique only’ edition with a limitation of 100 pieces, and the grey and brown dials are regular production models. All of them have an RRP of EU 32,500.