As the name suggests it, Lange 1 Tourbillon “Homage to F. A. Lange” (ref. 722.050) is one of the items that compose the house’s anniversary series issued in 2010 to celebrate 165 years since Ferdinand A. Lange founded the watch making company in the Müglitz valley. A tribute to the founder’s extraordinary modesty and perfectionism, this model embodies the house’s tradition of using the German innovation power and refining techniques in order to issue on the market high precision mechanisms.
Incorporating a manually wound caliber L961.2 movement made up of 381 nicely finished parts and 51 synthetic ruby jewels, Lange 1 Tourbillon has a high level of precision ensured by the accuracy checking system with five positions. Probably the most innovative feature of this anniversary model refers to a patented stop-seconds device that enables the user to stop the watch’s balance at any moment, but Lange 1 Tourbillon includes several other technical details such as the sunburst finishing line of the crown-wheel cock and the bidirectional solarisation of the main plate.
From an aesthetic point of view, the model plays a subtle game with tradition and modernism as well as with simplicity and sophistication. The thin bezel is made up of a special gold mixture with a honey-like shade and its simple line is interrupted only by the winding button which lies on the dial’s right side. The same raw material features the watch’s handles, the Roman figures indicating the hours as well as the frame of the two rectangular cases serving as a date display.
The seconds dial is placed inside the hours’ one, but the two circles are not concentric. This proves the house’s designers art of combining symmetrical and asymmetrical patters and the seconds’ dial interrupts a symmetrical embossed waves pattern. Moreover, the main dial’s white background is broken by a perceptibly tourbillon aperture which constitutes a fascinating sight into the depths of the timepiece’s sophisticated mechanism.