The Simple Lange: Saxonia Thin
A simple Lange is an oxymoron, to be sure. But what better contradiction is there than this Saxonia thin? Lower independent manufacturers can often hide behind complication, as reverse engineering them is actually easier than developing a high standard of finishing. When you pair back all the the jumping hours, triple splits, and moonphases, a Lange still is unmistable. That is one of their great strengths, among many. The Saxonia is, in essence, a very subtle humble brag. Even in their least complicated piece, they’re still outshining the vast majority of competitors.
The Saxonia Thin is a manually-wound, two hand dress piece that is as simple as it is elegant. The case is a subtle 37mm with just a 6mm rise. Minimally adorned, the dial is a combination of their classic Rhodium hand shape and tastefully elongated indices. The Saxonia here today is what I’d actually opt for: a grey-silver dial in white gold. Sure, the recent Copper Blue dial has an interesting star field, but if I want an understated piece I’m going all the way.
However, it’s only understated until you flip it over. There, a whole world of magic opens up. With no rotor to obscure, Lange’s finishing magic is truly on display. No frills, just hard work and expertly completed craft. I have seen it in person and images simply cannot capture it. The cal L093.1 beats at a leisurely 21600 vph to lend a three day power reserve. About right for a piece like this.
This example presents nothing to pause over. It is worn, but clearly lightly. Whoever owned this previously really cared about it, or left it in a bank. The piece comes with a full set from a London-based retailer, Kibble Watches. One last point of adoration and I’ll stop: this Lange won’t even push you into debt.