Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar is here!

Jul 31, 2022,21:56 PM
 




I am happy to report the arrival of my long-awaited Lange 1 PC. I expressed my interest in buying this watch 5 minutes after W&W 2021 opened (no joke), and it is finally here! This watch is the perfect perpetual calendar, and I feel privileged to own it. This is also my first post here!

I have wanted a Lange 1 for a long time now. As soon as W&W 2021 went live and I saw this watch on my screen, I knew that this was the Lange 1 for me. While nothing can replace seeing a watch in person, Lange’s experience hub and virtual sessions did an excellent job demonstrating the watch and explaining that it is not your average PC. The design is both timeless and harmonious, and the watch is the epitome of Lange’s technical expertise. The indications are beautifully integrated into the dial while maintaining the classic Lange 1 design. Regarding the cost, it is quite rare to find instantaneous perpetual calendars at this price point. Lange’s other instantaneous PCs are much more expensive, as are those from PP, VC, and many other brands (one exception being the stunning Journe QP). Watching everything jump at midnight (including the moon phase!) is a genuine treat. I must admit that since I am rarely awake at midnight, I set the watch 12 hours behind, just so I can watch everything jump at noon (hey, it’s midnight somewhere, lol!). Once the honeymoon is over, I’m sure I’ll set it correctly.

The design language of the Lange 1 and Zeitwerk families approach perfection for me, as both embody a principle not often seen in watches -- no indication on the dial is ever covered by another part of the watch. As a result, there is no time when the watch looks out of balance. It took me years to realize how valuable of a trait this is in a watch. While I do love chronographs, there are instances where the hands cover the sub-dials in such a way that the watch transiently loses some of its harmony. Same with PCs that have sub-dials or windowed cut outs. In both the Lange 1 and the Zeitwerk families, no indication is ever blocked. Even all the text of the watch is obstruction free. Yes, there are some who feel the blank numeral that precedes dates with a single digit in the big date display lacks cohesion, so there’s that. Personally, I quite like it. When I write the day of the month, I don’t usually place a zero before the single digit dates unless I’m filling out a form/website, so the watch displays the date like I would write it.

Size wise, the watch is a bit on the larger side. At 41.9mm in diameter and 12.1mm thick, it is noticeable on the wrist. The size doesn’t bother me, as it fits me well, but I’ve seen comments lamenting the size and asking why it isn’t smaller. My theory is that Lange 1 models with a peripheral indicator (PC, TZ, PC tourbillon) are intentionally larger in diameter to avoid having to shrink the time and big date indications to accommodate the added peripheral ring. The larger size might also avoid the need to remove functionality or compromise proportions. Had the watch included the Little Lange 1 dial layout/size with the month ring added, it might have been closer to 40mm, but it would have almost certainly been thicker and therefore disproportioned. All Lange 1 watches with the peripheral ring are 41.9mm, regardless of the level of complexity. Reducing the diameter might have led to design compromises Lange was not willing to accept. Plus, with 621 parts, the movement of the Lange 1 PC has more parts than the Triple Split. They need some room to fit in all that technical wizardry! Oh, and one regret – the dial side of the movement is just breathtaking, and I may never see it with my own eyes. During W&W, Lange had a session where one of the watchmakers demonstrated the movement, and both sides of the movement were just beautiful. Hopefully Lange will bring back the Langematik Perpetual at some point. Because it isn't instantaneous and uses a more traditional subdial layout, it is more svelte and wearable for those wanting a smaller watch.  

If anyone is interested in learning a bit more about the movement of the Lange 1 PC in depth, Lange has a great video on their YouTube channel highlighting its complexity and brilliance.  This video is older, and relates to the Lange 1 Tourbillon PC, but most of it applies to the regular PC as well.




I apologize for the length of my review here. Surprisingly, this was my attempt at brevity! I love this watch more than I can express, and I am thrilled beyond belief. Like David_S, I had a very, very hard time choosing between this and the gray dial as I had to decide sight unseen. My Zeitwerk Date has a gray dial, so I wanted something a bit different for this Lange. Now that the watch is here, I have to say that I am absolutely smitten with the gorgeous pink gold dial. It is quite dynamic and changes significantly in different lighting conditions. The contrast of the beautiful blue day/night indicator with the salmony pink color is similarly captivating. I hope to see the gray dial in person sometime, as I bet is equally as stunning. 

If anyone out there is searching for a PC at this price point, I highly recommend this watch.  I believe this is one that will remain in my collection forever.  My experience with both Bellusso (my boutique) and with Lange as a brand have been nothing short of amazing. They have both made me feel like family, and I value my interactions with them as much as I value the watch itself.











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I hope to see this one soon in the metal...can't wait...

 
 By: mdg : July 31st, 2022-22:01
...as I am a big fan of the Daymatic.
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:38
I hope you get to see one soon as well, mdg. It is truly a beautiful watch.
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No apologies needed as anyone will be excited with such a beauty…

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : July 31st, 2022-22:06
Big congratulations on a wonderful dream Perpetual Calendar. So you own a Zeitwerk date and got allocation for this?
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:38
Thank you, and yes, I was fortunate enough to get an allocation for this watch. I asked for it seconds after it was released.
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Congratulations …

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 31st, 2022-22:10
It looks superb and it’s good to have you joining us here.
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:39
Thank you so much!
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Welcome, and Congrats!! 👏👏

 
 By: diracpoint : July 31st, 2022-22:20
I enjoyed reading your review. My understanding is that Langes tend to be a bit thicker because of the thickness of their plates and bridges. But, that also makes them sturdier than their Swiss counterparts. No complaints from my side! 🙂 About the "instan... 
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:50
The indications do not change precisely at midnight. Because the time is displayed in an analog manner, I don't think there is a way to get the watch to change exactly at midnight when the seconds cross 0, as it depends on how you align the hands to the m...  
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Thank you for the detailed response! 🙏

 
 By: diracpoint : August 1st, 2022-16:47
Enjoy!
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Awesome blossom!

 
 By: MichaelC : July 31st, 2022-22:42
This is a killer piece, complete in every regard. Congrats, and welcome here!
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:50
Thank you!
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Thanks for such a great first post…

 
 By: ArmisE : August 1st, 2022-00:13
very informative, and your passion for the piece really comes through.
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:51
I appreciate that - thank you!
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The cleanest dial lay-out possibly..

 
 By: chintu : August 1st, 2022-01:42
The historic flagship model Lange1 had the cleanest dial. Add to this the calendar indicators without diluting the harmony of the timeless design; you have the Lange 1 Perpetual. The emphasis on the large date continues; the day indicator beautifully plac... 
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 By: watchoji : August 1st, 2022-01:55
I couldn't have said it better, chintu. Thank you for your reply! For exactly the reasons you stated, I feel this is a superlative watch. One unfamiliar with Lange and the Lange 1 family would have no idea of the innovation and complexity housed within.
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:26
Thanks Obeezy!
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:28
Thanks CR! I've been lurking here for years, but I finally decided to start posting. I've used your amazing spreadsheet for years as well, so many thanks for publishing and continuously updating that!
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Excellent review!

 
 By: whatmakesmetick (andrea) : August 1st, 2022-07:52
Lange always delivers when it comes to mixing functionality, innovation and beauty.
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:30
Agree wholeheartedly!
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peak of awesomeness

 
 By: Gelato Monster : August 1st, 2022-14:39
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:32
Thanks!
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:33
Thank you!
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Can easily see that you are over the moon with this one!

 
 By: Rhyzen : August 1st, 2022-15:45
The salmon dial goes really went with the white gold, as with the beautiful dial layout. Heartiest congratulations!
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:34
I really am! Like a kid in a candy store... 😂
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Beautiful watch.

 
 By: watch-er : August 1st, 2022-18:19
Are these just now rolling out?
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:37
I'm not certain. David_S posted one here a few weeks ago (pink gold case/gray dial) and south in the comment below mentioned he has had his for 6 months. I've seen only a few on IG while I was waiting for mine, so perhaps some have trickled out over the l... 
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:40
Yes! Yesterday (August 1) was my first month change. I had the watch right up to my face, and I could actually feel it when the change happened. The "click" was also quite audible. I was actually startled a bit, (in a good way). 😂
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Fantastic acquisition

 
 By: Blourenco : August 1st, 2022-19:48
Your joy and enthusiasm resonate more than the watch … enjoy!
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 By: watchoji : August 2nd, 2022-13:40
Thank you Blourenco!
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Beautiful Piece

 
 By: rld : August 4th, 2022-19:12
Thanks for sharing, fantastic piece. I am waiting on the gray dial version I ordered last year.
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Congratulations!

 
 By: watchoji : August 4th, 2022-19:53
The wait will be well worth it, and you are going to love the watch. Please post pictures here once it arrives!
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