Watches & Politics Collide In The 2009 A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Watch

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You could probably look at the dial of this beautiful Lange 1 Time Zone watch and not identify anything out of the ordinary. You’d see the two watch faces, the larger showing local time, and the smaller one displaying the time of one of 24 other time zones. You’d see the day and night indicators nicely integrated into each watch face, and you’d also notice A. Lange & Sohne’s iconic Out-Size Date window as well as “up” – “down” power reserve meter. Well there is something different about this world time watch.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a decision in 2007 that literally took Venezuela off the map, the GMT watch reference city map that is. One of his less popular decisions was to give Venezuela its own time zone that is 30 minutes earlier that it used to be. For this reason, the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, could no longer serve as a reference city for that particular time zone between New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Thus, the new reference city for this time zone has been chosen by A. Lange & Sohne to be Santiago, Chile. Frankly, I think Santiago has a nicer sounding name than Caracas, so this is a good thing.

This also points to the fact that watch makers are obsessed with details and keeping current on world events, with A. Lange & Sohne taking the lead, at least when it comes to time zones. Other facts about this Lange 1 Time Zone watch include the fact that the 42mm wide case is constructed from 18k pink gold. The movement is the carefully made in-house Lange L031.1 manually-wound movement with a 72 hour power reserve. The dial is a solid grayed silver, and the strap is brown crocodile.

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