Luxury Watches: First released in March 2007 in platinum, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31 hand-wound mechanical watch is now available in a beautiful rose gold case on a hand-stitched red brown crocodile strap.
It is safe to say that A. Lange & Söhne, a "Made In Germany" brand that sits at the pinnacle of all watchmakers with second-to-none quality, ingenuity and the timeless traditions of fine watchmaking, has really outdone itself with the Lange 31 in Rose Gold.
The watch's namesake is derived from its astounding power reserve of 31 days, a feat which is unmatched by other manufacturers of haute horlogerie and which is made possible by the use of two stacked mainspring barrels and a constant-force escapement which work in harmony with all of the 406 parts that comprise the manufacture Calibre L034.1.
Hand assembled and decorated, including a hand-engraved balance cock, the movement in the Lange 31 Rose Gold exemplifies A. Lange's exceptional quality standards and craftsmanship. The movement is hand wound using a special "winding key," while the time is set via the crown and the date via a push piece which is located on the outside edge of the case near the 10 o'clock hour.
The design of the solid silver dial on the Lange 31 took almost 2 years to finalize and keeps with A. Lange's "State of the Art Tradition" philosophy with its clean layout and understated look. It is at the same time asymmetric but well balanced. Hours and minutes are displayed with hands crafted of rose gold, there is a "small-seconds" sub-dial at 6 o'clock, a large power reserve indicator, and a date function. The dial also bears the "Made In Germany" notation along with the A. Lange & Söhne logo.
Although A. Lange & Söhne is a manufacture that tends to be very "traditional" and "timeless" with its watches, one may wonder if this watch - which is sized at just shy of 46mm in diameter - reflects an ever so subtle shift to a larger size case to meet demand for larger timepieces than in decades past. Then again, one may also come to the conclusion that the larger size does not detract too much from this astounding timepiece - and at 31 days power reserve, the high powered caliber such as the L034.1 certainly demands a case size worthy of its capabilities.
The price for this watch is likely to be around $150,000, and thus like many of A. Lange & Söhne's masterpieces, the exclusive Lange 31 Rose Gold will be admired by many but truly enjoyed by very few.
By Kyle Stults
Executive Editor, First In Watches.com