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A. Lange & Söhne released a special limited edition watch of the Lange 1 Time Zone in honey gold to celebrate the 22-year anniversary of the first Lange collection of the company’s modern era. Limited to 100 pieces, the watch features the subtle detail of Central European Time represented by Dresden on the rotating city ring.
The watch was released October 24, on the same date in 1994 when the German watchmaker (whose founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, is credited with helping to create watchmaking industry in the city of Glashütte) held a press conference in the Dresden Residential Palace to unveil its first watches since the re-forming of the company.
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The company’s watchmaking facility was bombed during World War II and the post-war Soviet administration expropriated the company’s property. That’s when the Lange brand ceased to exist. Following the collapse of the East German government, Walter Lange, the great-grandson of the company’s founder, and his partner Günter Blümlein re-formed A. Lange & Söhne in 1990 and presented its first timepieces four years later.
The clearly organised dial of the Lange 1 provides a reading of the home time and the time in a second-time-zone. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher. It advances the rotating city ring with the 24 place names from west to east.
On the ring, Dresden—instead of Berlin as in the standard version—represents Central European Time. In addition, the hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with each use of the pusher. A synchronisation mechanism makes it possible to transfer the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the main dial.
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