When the Saxonia Thin was first launched in 2011, it became the epitome of a modern dress replica watch, with two hands, hour markers, a few words and not much else. It was a pure, beautiful thing – and yet Lange refused to rest on its laurels, this year giving it redesigned hour markers. The earlier version had shorter applied batons, with applied dot indices at the end – kind of like remarkably elegant exclamation marks. Now Lange has extended the length of these faceted and polished batons, and lost the ‘dots’ altogether. The result is a dial that feels a touch more contemporary than its predecessor, and almost intimidating in its restraint. As for the rest of the dial? The hands are long, polished swords, and the dial text is kept to a minimum; brand (with that fabulous Art Nouveau ampersand), Glashütte designation and ‘Made in Germany’ text. No more, no less. Pure became purer still.
While the dial received an upgrade, the white gold case remained exactly the same. At only 5.9mm in height the ‘Slim’ in the Saxonia’s name isn’t marketing spin. It’s a slender replica watch however you slice it. But it’s also got a significant amount of presence on the wrist thanks to its 40mm diameter. (If this is too big for your standards in classical dress replica watches, you’re in luck as just a few months ago, A. Lange & Söhne Mens Replica announced a 37mm version.) As you can see, the three-part case construction and finishing is superb, with polished bezel, lugs and caseback sections contrasted by the smooth, even brushing of the case middle. This mix of finishes gives the Saxonia Thin a somewhat flexible personality. It’s easier to imagine this in a casual context than a similar replica watch with a completely mirror-polished case.
What can I say? The 2.9mm high, manually-wound L093.1 movement is pure Lange, with its large three-quarter plate in German Silver, hand engraved balance cock and three gold chatons. It’s hard to find fault with the looks of this movement. The power reserve of 72 hours is nice too, and an achievement in a movement this small. If I were looking to find fault, my only issue would be that the use of swan neck regulator is very old-school, but given that this is a classically styled replica watch from a very traditional house, traditional finishing and methods are part of the package.