When the White Dial A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin Replica Watch was first launched in 2011, it became the epitome of a modern dress watch, with two hands, hour markers, a few words and not much else. Now Lange has extended the length of these faceted and polished batons, and lost the ‘dots’ altogether. Pure became purer still. As for the rest of the dial? The hands are long, polished swords, and the dial text is kept to a minimum; brand (with that fabulous Art Nouveau ampersand), Glashütte designation and ‘Made in Germany’ text. No more, no less. The earlier version had shorter applied batons, with applied dot indices at the end – kind of like remarkably elegant exclamation marks. The result is a dial that feels a touch more contemporary than its predecessor, and almost intimidating in its restraint. It was a pure, beautiful thing – and yet Lange refused to rest on its laurels, this year giving it redesigned hour markers.
One of the things that makes everyone like A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin Replica Watch as a brand (and I mean everyone, I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t like or respect what Lange does) is the thought, care and quality that goes into every watch. Simply because they can make it better. Such is the case with the Saxonia Thin, the brand’s 40mm entry point, which received some minor modifications this year that made a marked difference. From the gobsmackingly amazing Zeitwerks and Perpetual Calendars, all the way to the simpler pieces – like this manually wound Saxonia Thin. And what’s even more amazing is that this thought and care continues to grow; just because a particular Lange watch receives widespread acclaim from critics and consumers alike, doesn’t stop the Glashütte-based manufacture from updating it.
If I were looking to find fault, my only issue would be that the use of swan neck regulator is very old-school, but given that this is a classically styled A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Replica Watch from a very traditional house, traditional finishing and methods are part of the package. It’s hard to find fault with the looks of this movement.What can I say? The 2.9mm high, manually-wound L093.1 movement is pure Lange, with its large three-quarter plate in German Silver, hand engraved balance cock and three gold chatons. The power reserve of 72 hours is nice too, and an achievement in a movement this small.
(If this is too big for your standards in classical dress watches, you’re in luck as just a few months ago, A. Lange & Söhne announced a 37mm version.While the dial received an upgrade, the white gold case remained exactly the same. At only 5.9mm in height the ‘Slim’ in the Saxonia’s name isn’t marketing spin. It’s easier to imagine this in a casual context than a similar watch with a completely mirror-polished case. This mix of finishes gives the A. Lange & Söhne Replica Watch a somewhat flexible personality.) As you can see, the three-part case construction and finishing is superb, with polished bezel, lugs and caseback sections contrasted by the smooth, even brushing of the case middle. But it’s also got a significant amount of presence on the wrist thanks to its 40mm diameter. It’s a slender watch however you slice it.