Quick Take

It's that time again: Lange limited edition time! Around this time each month in 2019 (through October), A. Lange & Söhne will release a different limited edition watch to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lange 1. Each watch is rendered in white gold with a silver dial/blue hands and markers combo that is flat-out stunning. Today we're getting the most extreme incarnation yet, a new rendition of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. The basics of what you get are right there in the name, but this watch executes on that promise in some really unusual and compelling ways. First off, the tourbillon is totally hidden, only visible through the sapphire caseback, suspended between two curved bridges (engraved with a 25th anniversary motif in the case of this LE). Then there's the QP, which doesn't use a standard layout. Instead, Lange takes advantage of the Lange 1's unique dial design, setting the months around the outer edge, placing the days of the week where you'd typically find the power reserve indicator, and placing the moonphase display in the lower portion of the running seconds register. This is a mega watch that doesn't rub your nose in how mega it really is, and with just 25 examples being produced, it's legitimately rare too.
Initial Thoughts

I've said it before, but I really like the way ALS is handling the Lange 1's anniversary. Offering all of these different references in a special colorway/metal configuration is a cool idea. It really shows off what makes each version of the Lange 1 special, while also highlighting the key Lange 1 design traits that unite them all. Being a little bit on the larger side at just a hair under 42mm across, packing a ton of information onto the dial, and sitting in the upper price bracket of Lange's offerings, this watch might not be my personal pick from the 25th anniversary LE lot (I'll stick with the basics), but I think the die-hard Lange collectors are going to find it hard to resist.*
The Basics

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar "25th Anniversary"
Reference Number: 720.066
Diameter: 41.9mm
Thickness: 12.2mm
Case Material: White gold
Dial Color: Solid silver with argenté finish
Indexes: Printed Arabic and Roman numerals
Lume: None
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator strap with grey contrast stitching and white gold deployant buckle
The Movement

Caliber: L082.1
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day/night indicator, perpetual calendar with month, date, day of the week, leap year, and moon phase indicator, tourbillon
Diameter: 34.1mm
Thickness: 7.8mm
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 76, including one diamond endstone and six in screwed gold chatons
Total Components: 624
Additional Details: Tourbillon has a patented stop-seconds function
Pricing & Availability

Price: $335,800
Limited Edition: 25 pieces
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