Twenty-Five Years Strong The German watch brand A. Lange & Sohne unveiled their series of anniversary watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie show. The fourth timepiece in this limited edition run is the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar 25th Anniversary Watch. The design and material is similar to the other releases but …
A. Lange and Sohne are masters of creating pure beauty in their timepieces, and creative design that is breathtaking. Certainly the love of diamonds is clear in this Saxonia Mother-of-Pearl and diamond watch, but it is done so with such elegance and grace, everyone is captivated by how perfect this design is. The 18k white-gold case is featuring the same brushed ribbon on the band that we love, and at 37mm just sits on the wrist like a queen on a throne. The small row of diamonds that lines the bezel provides exquisite chic coupled with the mother-of-pearl dial that is simply flawless. To understand the difficulty of this dial one has to think about finding a uniformly iridescent piece of mother-of-pearl that is also completely flat. If that isn’t difficult enough, then it must be cut into a perfect circle without cracking it, and add another cut of the smaller round subsidiary dial, and then place them together. The complete timepiece is soft and elegant, encased with a automatic movement. So you have from the master of timepieces this spectacular timepiece, diamond-set automatic winding wristwatch for women, with a caliber L086.4 that is very impressive.
Horological brilliance begins with taking chances and doing things that other watch manufacturers have not done. Technical advancement is a critical step and one that A. Lange Sohne has mastered. The double chronograph triple split watch is one example of that mastery. While the name might be a bit confusing to those not familiar with the terminology, the timepiece is a double chronograph because it was built with two 12-hour chronograph mechanisms within one movement. While previous timepieces bearing that same name existed, they were in actuality split-second chronographs that contained one full function complication and a corollary one.
Walter Lange had a passion for watchmaking that love came from his great-grandfather, and the company he built near Glashutte. He grew up watching the manufacturing and learning from his grandfather working on timepieces that bore the family name. Then he watched in horror as the East German government seized the company and ruined what his ancestors had created. Walter fled to the west and held his passion in his heart. In 1989 he returned to rescue the family business, waiting until the Berlin Wall came down. Then in 1994, the first A. Lange & Sohne revival collection was presented. Four watches introduced new movements and showcased technical innovation that proved quality and excellence were back in the brand that his family created. He remained active in the business until his death but had one final wish that he didn’t live to see happen, he wanted to see the company produce an independent jumping seconds complication, a favorite of his, and one that had been in pocket watches back in the 19th century.
Located in Glashütte, A. Lange & Söhne headquarters received a breath of new life in 1994 and opened their first boutique in 2007 in Dresden located a short distance from the brand’s home base. Now celebrating the 10th anniversary they are launching a limited-edition watch in the 1815 collection. Crafted to be identical to the original standard, but designed with a hinged, engraved cover for a caseback.
This special timepiece is limit
The name Richard Lange Jumping Seconds watches reveals the essence of the new mechanism. Richard Lange Jumping Seconds – a new interpretation of the theme of scientific observatory chronometers, one of the typical features of which – a combination of outstanding accuracy and clarity of the dial move. Balance mechanism receives a stable portion of energy from one second stroke constant tension. A device with one second hopping, an integral part of this mechanism makes it possible to display seconds arrow metering time crisp-second increments. Platinum watch shell with a diameter of 39.9 mm, equipped with impressive dial style “controller”. This model is released in a limited edition of 100 copies.
There were no signs that the son of a gun master Samuel Lange, born in February 18, 1815 in Dresden, is waiting the career of famous watchmaker. Shortly after his birth his mother left his father – “a man with a rough character.” Another’s family took on the education of Adolph Lange, raised him and arranged as an apprentice to a famous courtier watchmaker Johann Friedrich Christians Gyutkesu. Soon it became clear, it was a happy solution. Because after a while the master was struck by not only the excessive skill of his student, but also the extraordinary ambition of the young man, expressed in an effort to achieve more than enough for an ordinary watchmaker while in Dresden.
Learning watchmaking, Lange visited the newly opened Polytechnic School, and taught in the evenings English and French languages. From the very beginning he had planned that his knowledge he will expand only in the center of a highly watchmaking, which were at that time, France and England. Surrounded by brilliant court life, as well as in the search for more accurate timepieces for both military and civilian navigation, watchmaking art found there full state support.
For anyone that follows yacht races they know that the Volvo Ocean Race is the most demanding sporting event in the world. The around the world race is held every three years and this one will begin in Alicante, Spain. IWC is celebrating their role this year as the official timekeeper for the race with the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” special edition.
During the next nine months the crews will battle on the course of four oceans and five continents, covering over 38,739 nautical miles. The longest leg of the race stretches from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, over 7800 statute miles. In addition to the grueling distance, the crews will face waves up to 100 feet in height, wind speeds up to 70 miles per hour and extreme conditions that make this one of sailing’s toughest trips.
Marking the launch of the first Russian boutique in Moscow, A. Lange & Sohne introduces the Langematik Perpetural in White Gold. Following two previous versions, one in pink gold and the other in platinum, this latest beauty is complimented with a black dial, and features the date, day of the week, and the month. This series was the world’s first timepiece with self-winding movement.
Similar to the other models, this new timepiece showcases a dial made of solid silver, this one with a black lacquer finish that provides a lovely backdrop for the luminous hands and rhodiumed-gold appliques. The inside of the watch offers the proven automatic Sax-O-Mat calibre L922.1 that of course has the patented zero-rest mechanism. The 38.5 mm case has an exquisite polished finish and brushed side, and is only 10.2 mm thick.
An amazing release of a timepiece that has only been available in platinum or 18k white gold until now, and now the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk striking pink gold watch takes center stage in all its brilliance. This new version is absolutely breathtaking with the solid silver and untreated German silver dial, as well as unique case material. The quantity will be limited for a variety of reasons, but not a surprise since most of these quality timepieces find themselves in great demand and limited supply.
The chiming mechanism components provide three high-pitched chimes and one lower-pitched tone provide a time announcement with each passing quarter and full hour. These components are visible in the dial design; the black-polished steel hammers can be clearly seen on either side of the subsidiary seconds dial, sitting on the right for the quarter hours and on the left for the full hours. Embedded in the recess situated between the dial and bezel are the two gongs. This mechanism can be deactivated with a push piece at 4 o’clock that silences the timepiece.