Following on from the first copper blue aventurine-glass dial Saxonia Thin timepiece in 2018 (graced with a blue-red sparkling dial achieved with blue gold flux), A.lange & Söhne, presents the new Saxonia Thin ‘Black Gold Flux’ Ref. 211.087, just in time for the Holiday season.
Limited to 50 pieces, this special white gold limited edition features a solid-silver dial, coated with subtly shimmering black gold flux, making the new SAXONIA THIN an absolute pleasure to look at. What you see here is a solid silver dial disc evenly coated with black gold flux containing tiny copper spangles. The shimmer is achieved by heating and melting silica and copper oxide and by finally allowing the mixture to cool to achieve the right crystallisation (Ideally you want the copper to crystallize before the glass hardens). To attain a homogeneous surface, the aventurine must be cast onto the silver dial with extreme caution.
With slender hour and minute hands as well as applied baton-style markers, the dial of the SAXONIA THIN is reduced to displaying the time in hours and minutes. The narrow bezel of the round gold case gives the dial ample space and emphasises the unusual material. Thanks to the characteristic camber of the strap lugs, the elegant watch assures a snug fit on the wrist. With a case diameter of 40 millimetres, the two-hand watch is merely 6.2 millimetres high. A shiny black leather strap with prong buckle in 18-carat white gold beautifully complements the black dial.
Visible through sapphire crystal case back is a manually wound calibre L093.1, developed and crafted in-house. It is also the thinnest A. Lange & Söhne movement so far. Despite the compact size, the movement offers a power reserve of three days. Two-fold assembly and the artisanal finissage of the parts comply with the manufactory’s high standards.
Brand-typical quality hallmarks include the three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing as well as bevelled and polished chamfers. To achieve visual balance, the chamfer of the flat-polished end piece is manually finished to match the three quarter plate. The ratchet and crown wheels are decorated with solarisation and visibly integrated into the plate. Three screwed, manually polished gold chatons serve as bearings for the wheel train that transmits power from the mainspring barrel to the escapement. The freely oscillating screw balance beats at a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations an hour. It is located beneath the hand-engraved balance cock that carries the whiplash spring.