Fifteen years after its introduction, the Lange 1 Time Zone from A. Lange & Söhne replica has been equipped with a new manufacture caliber. The time in two different time zones can be read intuitively from the dial. But this watch offers much more, as we can confirm after scrutinizing one we were able to preview before the watch’s official launch.
The rose gold case replica A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone simultaneously shows the time in two different time zones. And its city ring makes it more than merely a wristwatch with a display for a second time zone.
A second time zone ranks among the most useful added functions a watch can have, along with a date, at least since people began traveling around the globe, working and communicating with associates in different time zones. This complication is extremely relevant nowadays, but it’s not as new as you might think. Soon after the International Meridian Conference in 1884, inventive watchmakers in Glashütte had devised and began making pocketwatches with two separately adjustable time displays. These antique timepieces are now coveted collectors’ items.
The new Swiss made copy A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone, the watch we were able to preview, shows your home time on one circle and another, freely selectable time zone, in a second circle. The entire ensemble is clear, intuitive and, needless to say, designed in classic Lange 1 style. The large, off-center time circle on the left side of the dial shows the time at your current location or in your home time zone. Meanwhile, the time in a different zone is shown on a second, smaller time circle at the lower right, at the same position where the small seconds hand rotates in the classic Lange 1. The small seconds truly deserves its name because this is shown on a petite disk at 6 on the off-center main time subdial.
This was the very arrangement that was used on the face of the first Lange 1 Time Zone, which debuted in 2005. Also familiar from the original Lange 1 is the city ring along the dial’s circumference, where two dozen place names correspond to the Earth’s 24 time zones. The positioning of this place-name ring lets you instantly see which zone’s time is currently displayed on the second time circle. The functionality of the best copy A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone thus far exceeds that of a watch with a second, separately adjustable time display. Without claiming to be a world-time watch, it can still show all of the world’s time zones. This goal was already explicitly stated in the specs for the original Lange 1 Time Zone, for which the first sketches were available in fall 2002.
In keeping with the model’s predecessors, the Lange 1 Time Zone indicates the main time via golden hands and raised appliqués on a large subdial positioned off center at 9 o’clock.
Two Disks Rotate to Indicate Day and Night
Times change. And some places alter their time zones. Although these zones were theoretically defined according to geographical longitude at the International Meridian Conference in 1884, in practice — then as now — they are far more difficult to define according to shifting political boundaries and national interests. This has practical consequences for watches with settings such as those offered by the Lange 1 Time Zone. Russia, for example, abolished two time zones between 2010 and 2014 and also maintained daylight saving time all year round for over three years starting in 2011. Now the semiannual changeover to daylight saving time is not taking place at all in Russia. To circumvent this confusion, “Moscow” was replaced by “ Riyadh” on the city ring of the Lange 1 Time Zone. Venezuela similarly changed its time zone, so “Caracas” was removed and “Santiago” added to the city ring. And these are only two of the perplexing updates.
The day-night indicators, which are very useful for a watch of this kind, have been completely redesigned on the new Lange 1 Time Zone. They appear as two disks, one at the center of the time circle for the home time and its counterpart at the center of the subdial for the second time zone.
The disks, printed with dark blue semicircular arcs to symbolize night, rotate once around their own axis every 24 hours while the corresponding hour-hands complete two orbits in the same interval. If the hour hands are above the blue arcs, then it is night, or more specifically, the period between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. If the hour hands are in the light-colored area of the dial, then the time shown refers to a daytime hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. These displays are not only intuitively understandable, but also look very harmonious compared to the formerly off-center positioning of the day/night disks on the old Lange 1 Time Zone.
The names on the city ring correspond to the Earth’s 24 time zones. GMT stands for “Greenwich Mean Time” as originally designated in 1884.
Set the Second Time Zone After Synchronization
The convenient way to set the second time zone was adapted from the previous model. It is done by means of a ring, marked with the corresponding reference locations, that clicks into place in 24 steps and a pusher at 8 o’clock. When you press this pusher, the hour hand of the second time zone advances by one hour. At the same time, the city ring jumps one time zone onward from west to east. A golden arrow appliqué at the 5 in the small time circle indicates the reference point for the respective time zone. All the while, the already-set home time remains unchanged on the large time circle.
Before you choose a second time zone for whatever purpose you may have in mind — for example, to show the time in a business partner’s zone or at an intended destination — it’s recommended to synchronize the high-end A. Lange & Söhne replica watch first. To start this process, press the pusher at the 8 one or more times to move the city ring into the desired position. It aligns with home time at the golden arrowhead. To set the hands, pull the knurled crown to the second position. This is easily accomplished with two fingernails. And the crown snaps smartly into place thanks to a secure detent.
Now both pairs of hands move synchronously when you turn the crown — unless you press and hold down the pusher at the 8, thus preventing the hour hand for the second time zone from moving. This allows the two time displays to be synchronized. But be careful: precisely the right amount of pressure must be applied to the pusher. If you press and hold the pusher down too gently, the hour hand for the second time zone will continue to turn; but if you press the button with too much force, the city ring along the dial’s periphery will jump forward and you’ll have to start the procedure all over again.
The synchronization works best if you perform the process in the counterclockwise direction. When setting the time, it is also important to make sure that the day-night indicator and the date display are in harmony. If necessary, this can be corrected by pressing the button at the 10. Unlike its counterpart, this pusher is very easy to operate. If you then set the luxury replica watch to the nearest second (for which a stop-seconds function is provided), then two time zones will run perfectly parallel to one another.