An exclusive collectors piece that was debuted at the "Watchers & Wonders" Haute Horological Exhibition in Hong Kong is brilliant in artistry, design, and technological advancement. The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst Watch has been described as A Mouthful of Masterwork, and is not only impressive, but absolutely stunning.
The 41.9 mm platinum case is fitting for such a beautiful creation. The brand signature in addition to the edition serial numbers are on the case back, hand engraved and presented in the limited edition 15 pieces worldwide. The exclusive collection will be featured at only a few select boutiques, and distributors, making it in high demand. The timepiece combines two classic complications with the brands most sought after design, and the layout is marvelous. Astutely arranged, the calendar displays featuring the patented peripheral month ring offer a plethora of information at a simple glance.
The wearer of the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon has easy visibility to date, day, month, leap year, and moon phase, and all of the perpetual displays advance immediately. The technical mastery that has crafted this masterpiece is beyond words. The integration of the movement into the dial architecture is just one example of the level of detail this brand has developed.
The dial has been artistically created from solid white gold, and on these exclusive timepieces it is decorated with techniques that combine tremblage and relief engraving. These talents require the highest level of manual work and meticulous attention to the smallest details. This piece for the first time in the brand history has the blue numerals on the outsize date display hand painted.
The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar is the epitome of German manufacturing. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is so astounding, and combines the exquisite capabilities of the brand movement with the hand crafting German artistry. The Handwerkskunst translates very understandably to "handcrafted" and certainly while all brand timepieces are constructed by hand, this one provided an even more intense level of dedication.
The ornate detailing that has been placed on this timepiece are just breathtaking and you have to see this work to appreciate the amazing level of subtlety that has gone into the craftsmanship. The initial limited edition of these pieces is already sold out, even though delivery will not begin until late spring of 2014, but there will be opportunities for others to claim ownership later in the year.
A high level of achievement for the brand on this horological masterpiece, and one that will be historical in exquisite beauty and excellence in design. The manufacture caliber L082.1 also deserves recognition as innovative and decorated as is the entire timepiece. From the polish on the upper side of the cage, a typical brand signature, to the four gold chatons and diamond end stone bearing, this timepiece is phenomenal. A collectors dream and worth waiting for, this piece will mark history.