When thinking of the real heavyweights in haute horlogerie, only a few big names come to mind- Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and of course, the Germans next door, A. Lange & Sohne. While many see Swiss watches as the pinnacle of watchmaking, Lange serves as a reminder that this isn’t the case. In fact, one can say that in some areas, Lange is considered much better than its Swiss counterparts.
Of all the Lange models, the most underrated in my opinion would have to be this, the Langematik Sax-O-Mat Grossdatum. This watch was in production from 1997-2007 and this example comes in a solid platinum case with a stunning opaline dial. With a signature big date at 12 o’clock, this is unmistakably Lange in its design. The 37mm sizing is classical in its proportions and hits the sweet spot as to how big a dress watch should be, sliding under a cuff seamlessly.
The Sax-O-Mat has one of Lange’s most beautiful calibres powering it, the L.921.2. Flip the watch over and you will see a beautifully engraved solid gold micro-rotor and the rest of the movement made of German silver. The finishing, as you would expect from Lange is industry leading and even without a loupe you will notice just how beautiful the construction is. Excellent finishing is one thing, but even architecturally, Lange has managed to create a movement that is beautifully proportionate and full of depth. Topping the calibre off is the signature hand-engraved balance cock that is characteristic of watches coming out of Glashutte.
The Sax-O-Mat is all about legibility, precision and usability. With a separate pusher at 10 o’clock, the user can easily set the big date and pulling out the crown immediately hacks the sub seconds and makes it reset back to 0, allowing for accurate time setting. This is what the name ‘Sax-O-Mat’ implies, with ‘Sax’ standing for Saxony where the manufacture is from, the ‘O’ representing the zero reset and the ‘Mat’ indicating it is an automatic movement.
The Langematik Sax-O-Mat Grossdatum is a highly understated and elegant timepiece that is intended for those wanting something of the highest quality without having to shout about it.