Hands-On With The Saxonia Dual Time
October 21, 2012
Originally introduced in 2011, the A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Dual Time allows its wearer to easily set the local time (2nd time zone) when traveling, without unscrewing the crown — just push the push piece at 10 o’clock (to move the gold hour hand forward) or at 8 o’clock (to move the hour hand backward). It is a feature that cannot be underestimated when you are landing and the pilot tells you the local time where you have arrived and everyone is taking their wristwatch off and unscrewing the crown to set the time, and all you would have to do is hit the pusher until it reaches the correct hour, all while leaving the time at the destination where you came from — including the minutes and seconds — unaffected.
The home time, is indicated by the blued hour hand and can be set via the crown. When traveling, typically the home time is left to your home city so you can easily see what time it is at home while traveling. Additionally, there is a 24-hour day/night indicator at 12’clock, which also uses a blued hand to indicate the hour in your home city; especially useful in determining when is a good time to communicate a colleague or family member back home.
Presented in a 40 mm by 9.1 mm 18K pink gold (shown) or 18K white gold case, the Saxonia Dual Time is a thin timepiece that perfectly compliments dress or dress casual attire. The Saxonia Dual Time features the newly developed L086.2 automatic caliber, an in-house movement based on the Saxonia Automatik L086.1 with the setting mechanism for the second time zone integrated on the dial side as an add-on module. Even with the central rotor and time zone mechanism, the movement is only 4.6 mm thick.
Sapphire crystal glass and case back. Subsidiary seconds with stop seconds. 72-hour power reserve. Hand-stitched crocodile leather strap, brown on the pink gold version and black on the white gold version.
Dual Time functionality is such a great feature for frequent travelers, especially when it is implemented like this (push of a button adjustment). Moreover, the self-winding rotor and 72-hour power reserve, allow for the watch to run with little manual intervention. The price is $25,400 in pink gold and $26,600 white gold. (Ref. 385.032 - pink gold, Ref. 385.026 - white gold)
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