Blue dials have been one of the major patterns of the watch business for the past 2 to 3 years. As we’ve frequently saad: “blue is the new black“. However, the activity isn’t that straightforward. Blue is a complex tone and, while a few watches with blue dials were noticeable, many others failed to nail the correct dosage of enthusiasm. A. Lange & Söhne, a brand realized not to follow the patterns, took as much time as necessary to hop on the moving train, yet it currently comes with such hued dials on 4 emblematic watches: the Lange 1, the Lange 1 Daymatic, the Saxonia and the Saxonia Automatic – yet beware, these won’t be available in large numbers, neither for a long period.
At first, you may imagine that the addition of blue dials to the A. Lange & Söhne assortment is a real oddity. You may think, in a very supported way, that blue dials are amazingly rare at Lange, and undoubtedly, the current assortment doesn’t comprise a solitary blue dial watch. There are many shimmering white watches, a couple of gray ones, some black dial versions… But nothing in dark blue. In any case, a bounce backwards into the past is required. As you can see on the image beneath, a blue dial rendition of the Lange 1 has already existed in the past, combined with a white gold case – under the reference 101.027, and was created from the finish of the 1990s until the mid-2000s (in various releases, not just with a blue dial).
This year, A. Lange & Söhne brings back the blue dial/white gold case combination on the Lange 1, with a visual outcome that is close from the mid-2000s adaptation (yet updated with the current specifications of the Lange 1 ). Notwithstanding, that’s not all, as this blue tone is also added to some different watches, the majority of them being classic offers: the automatic form of the Lange 1, the Daymatic, and two models in the Saxonia assortment, the hand-wound 35mm adaptation and the Saxonia Automatic. All of them feature dark blue galvanized dials in strong silver (a measure that offers a marginally metallic feel to the tone, and decent reflections under ambient light), paired with cleaned hands and rhodiumed gold appliques as well as dark-blue alligator leather straps.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Blue Dial 191.028
The first watch of the assortment to get a blue dial isn’t so much as a classic, it’s an appropriate symbol: the Lange 1. Introduced here with a 38.5mm 18k white gold case, it has all the traditional features of this watch: appliqué Roman numerals and large twofold window date with black numerals on a white background. It has, obviously, the updated style presented in 2015 , so more slender bezel, more slender text styles – as well as the updated hand-wound development, still with twofold barrel (72H force save) however an altogether new architecture, and an in-house balance wheel (free sprung balance with 6 offbeat balancing weights).
This A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Blue Dial ref. 191.028 will be available at all retailers and will most probably have the same cost as the white gold/silver dial adaptation, meaning 31,700 Euro.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic Blue Dial 320.028
The second watch to get a blue dial is a less desired adaptation of the Lange 1, featuring 2 additional attributes which are practical consistently: an automatic development and the indication of the day of the week, in lieu of the force hold indicator. Also, the display is switched, with the off kilter hours and minutes sub-dial being placed on the correct side of the dial (very practical when the watch is under a sleeve). Finally, its case is 1mm larger than the hand-wound Lange 1, at 39.5mm. The development has a central rotor and is decorated in a rather lavish way. This blue dial version is also the lone white gold model available for the Lange 1 Daymatic (which comes in pink gold or platinum) and it features a marginally unique dial (diverse surface for the hours/minutes sub-dial).
This A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic Blue Dial ref. 320.028 will undoubtedly be estimated the same as its pink gold kin, meaning 38,700 Euro.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Blue Dial 219.028
A. Lange & Söhne is also adding blue to the “little Saxonia”, meaning the hand-wound, 35mm adaptation of this watch – such a section level unisex recommendation. While already available in white gold with a silver dial or in pink gold (as well as a mother-of-pearl form with diamond bezel), this blue dial variant is the only one to offer a touch of shading for the small case. Altogether equal regarding plan and mechanics, it remains the elegant and proportional watch that we’ve found in the past. The dash of blue, in any case, carries some more presence to a watch that is generally very discreet.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Blue Dial ref. 219.028 will in all likelihood be valued accordingly to the white gold/silver dial rendition, meaning around 15,000 Euro.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic Blue Dial 380.028
Last however not least, A. Lange & Söhne adds a blue dial to the Saxonia Automatic, with its 38.5mm white gold case. Already available in 4 unique versions, incorporating some with galvanized Terra-Brown dials (in addition to the classical silver dials), this classical and currently measured watch presently profits by a splash of shading – with the usual qualification of Lange. Inside the case is a decent self-twisting development with a central rotor and the typical very good quality decoration of the brand. Except for this new tone, this watch remains identical to the next editions.
The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic Blue Dial 380.028 will certainly be evaluated as the other white gold renditions, meaning 23,200 Euro.
Note: these blue dials are not restricted releases, notwithstanding, Lange revealed to us they will be made in low numbers and as a coincidental creation. In fact, retailers will be available to arrange them once and just a single time during the SIHH 2018 (meaning that they will be available later in 2018), so be prepared on the off chance that you want to get your hands on one of these blue dials.
More details on www.alange-soehne.com .