By Arthur Touchot
Not long ago, I was given the opportunity to knock off two things from my bucket list when I tried on the Saxonia Annual Calendar while attending the 2016 Concorso d’Elegenza, in Como, Italy. Ignoring, for a moment, the wonderful setting that surrounded me, I focused on the watch that was on my wrist.
The Saxonia Annual Calendar is one of the very few modern watches that I find genuinely beautiful. Okay, so it’s not new – the watch was introduced three years ago – but since this year’s Saxonia Moon is not available yet, I thought it would be nice to revisit what is essentially its bigger and smarter brother. Oh, and I’d be trying the platinum version, which is important given the circumstances of this field test.
I was, at first, quite worried about wearing the precious metal if I’m totally honest (the watch is listed at $54,800). After all, I would be running around quite a bit during my assignment in Como (full photo recap here), chasing cars under the sweltering heat, before getting behind the wheel of the unforgiving and brutish-looking Alfa Romeo Montréal. None of which I want to do with a platinum watch. Yet, the Annual Calendar seemed reluctant to leave my wrist, seemingly at home there at just about any hour of the day.
And that’s primarily due to the size of the watch. For an annual calendar, a complication that packs quite a lot of components (exactly 476 in this particular piece), Lange’s is rather small. It comes in a 38.5 mm case, a very accessible size for both men and women, and is only 9.8 mm thick. That’s almost 6 mm thinner than the IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar reference 5035. But it still wears with considerable presence on the wrist, thanks in no small part to the wide lugs that anchor it down on the wrist, and the thickness of the bezel.
The calendar functions are displayed according to a very clear and well-balanced three-register presentation at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, with the iconic Lange “outsized” double date window sitting above them at 12 o’clock. Any adjustments to them requires using a stylus pressed