I shouldn’t be so surprised: A. Lange & Söhne replica takes my breath away with every single release. But when I opened the photos of the Saxonia Thin with its new black aventurine dial, I was struck by such a strong longing that I actually laughed at myself. And who would have thought that it would be the dial of this Saxonia Thin, and not its movement, to do that to my poor heart?
The best quality fake A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin is already a striking dress watch, but adding an unusual and rare black aventurine dial has turned it into an absolute sleeper in terms of a superior dress watch.
What exactly is aventurine? Most people would be excused for thinking it was a mineral, and, confusingly, there is actually a mineral called aventurine, a form of quartz with microscopic mica crystals giving the translucent crystal the appearance of containing 1,000 stars.
But what is more widely known as aventurine as it is in use in the watch industry for dials is simply glass with the inclusion of metallic crystals. The initial creation of aventurine is believed to have been a happy accident in one of the glass-blowing workshops in Murano, Italy (see the full story in Aventurine: Sparkling, Glittering, Mysterious, And Placing A Galaxy Of Stars On Your Wrist).
The most common aventurine contains copper oxides (along with small amounts of other metal oxides) that chemically reduce the oxides into elemental copper, allowing metallic crystals to form. Cobalt or manganese are used to create more silvery crystals while making a glass that ranges from dark blue to purple. This might be the most familiar example for watches: dark blue aventurine looks incredible as a watch dial. But a less known color, and apparently only recently more widely available to glassmakers, is black aventurine.
The black variation is the starkest form of aventurine glass made, resembling a truly black star-studded night sky. To our knowledge, Christiaan van der Klaauw introduced the first black aventurine dial in 2018 on the incredible Planetarium model. The material has not been widely used since, making this 40 mm copy A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin not only gorgeous and under-the-radar festive, but also rare.
Find out more about the Saxonia model family in Second-Row Stars: A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia replica online Model Family.
Read everything you ever wanted to know about aventurine in Aventurine: Sparkling, Glittering, Mysterious, And Placing A Galaxy Of Stars On Your Wrist.
For more information, please visit www.alange-soehne.com/en/timepieces/saxonia-thin/saxonia-thin.
Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin black aventurine
Case: 40 x 6.2 mm, white gold
Movement: manual winding Caliber L093.1, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, power reserve 72 hours, hand-engraved balance cock, untreated German silver movement, assembled twice
Dial: solid silver covered by a thin layer of black aventurine
Functions: hours, minutes
Limitation: 50 pieces, boutique edition
Price: €24,500 (in Germany)