At the 2009 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (“SIHH”), an event similar to Baselworld but with a much smaller group of brands (and primarily those of the Richemont Group), A. Lange & Sohne introduced a new version for its Lange 1 Time Zone collection.
This new variation on the Lange 1 Time Zone features a slate grey dial with a new world time ring that now includes Santiago de Chile, in place of Caracas, Venezuela. Among other reasons, this change of cities was made because Venezuela (in an odd attempt by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez to achieve “a more fair distribution of the sunrise“) changed its time zone from Atlantic Standard Time (UTC-4) to (UTC-4:30) – which as a result makes the city of Caracas not well compatible with the watch function (also duly noted on Luxist blog).
The Lange 1 Time Zone measures 41.9 mm in diameter, is powered by a manually-wound Lange L031.1 caliber in-house movement with a 72 hour power reserve. The slate color of the dial really is a bit darker than usual, but it seems to highlight nicely the 18K pink gold hands and provides for a nice contrast.
Anyway, here is a nice video from A. Lange which gives a bit of history on the origin of the World time zone system as well as a closer look at the Lange 1 Time Zone – enjoy!
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