German watch brand A. Lange & Sohne has been celebrating its 175thanniversary this year by regularly unveiling new watches that recall its precision watchmaking. From its collection of Homage to F.A. Lange watches to the new Lange 1 Time Zone watch and more, the brand introduces new strap materials, new dial colors and new pieces. Such is the case with the Saxonia Thin watch unveiled today in honor of the date that the company was begun again following Germany’s reunification, December 7, 1990.
The newest Saxonia Thin has a special sparkle to it. Crafted in 18-karat white gold and built in a limited edition of just 50 pieces, the watch boasts a solid silver dial that is coated with a black gold flux that leaves specs across the surface to reflect the light. The shimmer of this dial is something we are not used to seeing from A. Lange & Sohne, so it makes the watch very special. In fact, the last time we saw a “sparkling” dial from A. Lange & Sohne was two years ago, when the brand unveiled a Saxonia Thin with a blue/red sparkling dial using blue gold flux. The flux painting has its roots in 17thcentury Venice glass making techniques. It is actually a type of glass with copper particles that, when heated, form small crystals. It is then painted onto the silver dial.
The watch is powered by the Caliber L093.1 manual movement that measures just under 3 millimeters in height, translating to an ultra-thin watch. In fact, this is the thinnest A. Lange & Sohne caliber to be made, yet it still offers three days of power reserve. The in-house-made movement boasts all of the fine finishings we are used to seeing from A. Lange & Sohne, including a three-quarter plate finished with Glashütte ribbing and screwed hand-polished gold chatons, among other things.
The sparkling dial is finished with slender hands and the watch boasts a narrow bezel so that the black gold flux painting is the superstar. The 40mm case is finished with a shiny black leather strap, and the final watch measures just 6.2mm in height – the equivalent of two U.S. dimes stacked. It retails for $25,800 – if you are able to get your hands on one of the 50.