In order to be considered a grand complication watch, a timepiece must have several specific features. Aside from seconds, minutes and hours; the watch must also offer a minute repeating function, a perpetual calendar and a chronograph. Much of the problems in designing effective grand complication timepieces come from the effective and useful design of the face of the wristwatch as well as creating a mechanical system that allows for supreme accuracy.
Anyone who has been following the progress of the German watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne, knows that this extremely competent organization has been working diligently to create its own grand complication model that it can release to the public. At long last, the A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication Watch is complete and ready to be released into the world. A quick look at the face of this wristwatch gives you more than a slight indication as to the amount of work that went into creating this time engineering masterpiece.
As A. Lange & Sohne is prone to doing, it took the criteria of a grand complication piece to a whole new level. The chronograph offers two unique functions not found in many similar model. The first is a split-seconds function that allows you to get readings down a decimal of a second. The other feature is a jumping seconds function that can be initiated by a single push of the chronometer`s button. To make this model even more comprehensive, there is a moon phase indicator that goes with the perpetual calendar function.
This model features a long list of indicative gongs and bells that allow the user to retrace time going counterclockwise, or give an indication of where the hand is headed as the user advances time to account for changes in time zones or daylight savings time. To make things easier on users all over the world, the wristwatch utilizes the Gregorian calendar.
The timepiece itself has a gold case held to a leather strap. Everything in the watch`s construction is reinforced, and the strap is treated to protect it from adverse weather conditions. The dial is five-part enamel and the face has extremely precise indicators on it. The company intends to only make six of these masterpieces, so you may want to inquire as to how you can get one before there are none to buy. The price for this piece has not yet been determined.