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New Saxonia dial colors for re-opening of Lange Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

With first person accounts and live photographs from the Re-opening event in Tokyo.
by Peter Chong on July 1, 2016
Announcing the new Lange Saxonia Automatic with Terra-brown dials.

A. Lange & Söhne re-opens their flagship boutique in Ginza, Tokyo with a  Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) ceremony with the breaking of a barrel of Sake. We cover briefly the event and the two new variants of the Saxonia family announced. 

First the watches…two new dial variants were introduced to the white gold and pink gold Lange Saxonia Automatic. Priced at S$33,700 including GST, it is the same as the other existing variants of the Saxonia Automatic.

 

The Lange Saxonia Automatic Terra-brown dial versions

 

The new Saxonia comes with a gorgeous chocolate brown dial, and is available in pink gold and white gold.

The new Saxonia comes with a gorgeous chocolate brown dial, and is available in pink gold and white gold.

 

The Lange Saxonial dials are in a brown hue which Lange calls terra-brown, to reflect the earthy origins of the hue. Our correspondents on the ground in Tokyo report that the dial has a beautiful hue which is somewhat reminiscent of a dark milk chocolate, although the Lange chosen term of terra-brown is also quite descriptive. The dial remains in solid silver as with all Lange dials (safe a few special editions in gold and the enamel dials on a brass base).

 

The dial has a beautiful hue.

The dial has a beautiful hue.

 

Our preference, looking only at the high resolution TIFF fines (yes, these are huge files, 20MB each), and pixel peeping with a color calibrated monitor, our preference is for the pink gold version of the Lange Saxonia Automatic Ref. 380.042 as the hue of the dial complements the case, hands and markers beautifully. And perhaps the pink gold versions, like most other pink gold Langes, look quite dressy. And will be equally at home in a bespoke suit or paired with elegant shirt and jeans.

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In pink gold, the colors are very complementary, and the ensemble looks very elegant and dressy.

In pink gold, the colors are very complementary, and the ensemble looks very elegant and dressy.

 

In white gold, the Lange Saxonia Automatic Ref. 380.044 looks all the more rugged and sporty.

 

In white gold, the hands and markers are also in white gold.

In white gold, the hands and markers are also in white gold.

 

The case remains at a very wearable 38.5mm diameter, and the movement is the now tested L086.1, which measures in at a thin 3.7mm high. Power reserve is 72 hours, and features the normal Lange standards like the untreated German Silver (maillechort) three quarter plates, the gorgeous gold rotor with a peripheral platinum weight, the hand engraved balance cock, and the exceptional finishing.

 

The automatic Saxonia movement looks the same from the case back as the one in the Dual Time, both automatic, with a large rotor. Caliber L086.1 and L086.2

The automatic Saxonia movement Caliber L086.1 is found from the back, and enchants with its handsome good looks.

 

 

The Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) Ceremony

 

The Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) is a Japanese traditional ceremony which started out as a ritual to bless the fourth Tokugawa Shogun’s war efforts some 300 years ago. Today, the ceremony is widespread and performed at weddings, new year celebrations, sporting events, and most commonly at companies’ opening ceremonies and anniversaries.

Live photographs from the Lange Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo courtesy of Deployant Friend, Eric Bowles who was present at the ceremony.

 

The cask of sake, placed within the wooden barrel, and the wooden mallets used to break the cask.

The cask of sake, placed within the wooden barrel, and the wooden mallets used to break the cask.

 

The VIPs would be invited onto the stage, but instead of handed a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon during the usual ribbon-cutting ceremony, they are handed a wooden mallet. The breaking of the cask of the sake symbolises new beginnings and hope for the future to come. A deeply symbolic ritual, many people believe the sake barrel ceremony brings good fortune to be bestowed upon the company and its employees.

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Lange's Internaional Sales Director Alexis de Laporte, Trainer Joanna Lange, and Lange Japan Brand CEO, Edmond Boussemart.

Lange’s Internaional Sales Director Alexis de Laporte, Trainer Joanna Lange, and Lange Japan Brand CEO, Edmond Boussemart.

 

The masu boxes used to serve the sake after it the wooden barrel is broken. Traditionally, it is served to all present.

The masu boxes used to serve the sake after it the wooden barrel is broken. Traditionally, it is served to all present.

 

Lange Saxonia Automatic Specifications

Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L086.1; self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assem-bled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock en-graved by hand
Movement parts: 209
Jewels: 31
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant screw balance; balance spring manufactured in-house with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 72 hours when fully wound
Functions: Time display with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time
Case dimensions
Diameter: 38.5 millimetres; height: 7.8 millimetres
Movement dimensions
Diameter: 30.4 millimetres; height: 3.7 millimetres
Glass and caseback
Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness of 9)
Ref. nos.
380.042 Pink gold
380.044 White Gold
Case: Pink gold and White gold
Dial: Solid silver, terra brown
Hands: Pink gold and Rhodiumed gold
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, red brown and dark brown
Buckle: Lange prong buckle in pink gold and white gold

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