A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date

One of the original four Lange watches goes back to its roots.

Quick Take

This is a simple watch that actually packs a lot of newness into its 38.5mm case. First off, the Saxonia family has not had a big date option (without moonphase) for some years now, and this model brings that style back along with a new caliber, the L086.8 (based on the L086.1 that has been powering the Saxonia Automatic since 2011. We’re getting the new Saxonia in two styles, one in white gold and one in pink gold, both with dark black dials and matching black date discs. As an automatic, time-and-date watch, this is a great daily wearer and the dark colors sheme makes it all the more versatile.

Why This Watch Matters

The original Saxonia was released back in 1994, as part of the inaugural modern A. Lange & Söhne collection. And, remarkably, it looked a lot like this. Sure, the logo and quick date set button were placed a little differently (and the case was a much smaller 34mm), but the spirit and functionality of the watch are very much the same. Of course here you’re getting all the modern Lange technology, including a 72-hour power reserve, a winding rotor with an outer platinum mass, and a whiplash spring for precision adjustments.

Initial Thoughts

I have to say, it’s awesome to see Lange bring back this old favorite, but with the right modern touches. I like that instead of going for a yellow gold model with a silvered dial – the obvious, old-school option – the manufacture has opted to go with white and pink metals as well as the all-black dial. This is one I’m really excited to try on during the SIHH and a watch I could easily see myself wearing on a daily basis.

The Basics

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Saxonia Outsize Date
Reference Number: 381.029 (white gold), 381.031 (pink gold)
Diameter: 38.5mm
Thickness: 9.6mm
Case Material: White or pink gold
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Applied gold batons
Lume: None
Strap/Bracelet: Black alligator strap with matching gold prong buckle

The Movement

Caliber: In-House Caliber L086.8
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date
Diameter: 30.4mm
Thickness: 5.2mm
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 40
Total Components: 286
Additional Details: Plates made of untreated German silver, hand-engraved balance cock

Pricing & Availability

Price: $25,900 in either metal (Prices in USD subject to change due to exchange rates.)
Availability: TBD

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