German beauties of luxury watchmaking

SThe general public is somewhat unaware of A. Lange & Söhne, the name of the German manufacturer Glashütte, located near Dresden, in the east of the country, has particular resonance among specialists. This is indeed the question of one of the best watch brands in the world, and no Lange watch leaves a collector or an enlightened connoisseur indifferent. Production quality, attention to details, attention to the preservation of Germanic technical and aesthetic values ​​continue to make the house shine in the sky of traditional watchmaking. The proof of this attachment to the past is that the birth of the steel sports model in 2019 became a real revolution, whereas until this date only models made of precious metals had come out of the workshops since the birth of the model. house in 1845, then resurrected in 1990 after disappearing at the end of WWII.

Technical complexity and aesthetic sophistication

A. Lange & Söhne now fully expresses itself in its reference territory, which is to say that horological complications are treated with all the respect due to their rank. Starting with the presentation of the model, which combines several of the most outstanding functions: a split-seconds chronograph combined with a perpetual calendar in the center of the white gold case. The proliferation of hands in no way detracts from the sophistication of the rose gold dial to offer a classically elegant face to this piece, produced in a limited edition of just 100 pieces.

The hidden beauty of the L101.1 caliber

Although the magnificent dial is aesthetically reminiscent of pocket watches of the past, it hides the most beautiful thing: the hand-wound caliber L101.1, which contains 631 components. One look is enough to understand the sophistication of its design and quality of finish. “The perpetual calendar mechanism alone requires 211 elements, while the other 206 belong to the split-seconds chronograph mechanism,” its designers explain. Fortunately, this horological masterpiece is highlighted at the back thanks to the sapphire crystal that offers the beauty of the caliber to the eye, equipped with screwed-in gold chatons, blued screws and of course the swan-neck spring and engraved balance cock. by hand, both form a true signature of Saxon production.

Fly platinum class

The second watch launched this summer by A. Lange & Söhne is aimed primarily at world travelers as it features dual time zones. The manufacturer has decided to abandon the platinum travel watch. Opting for a rhodium-plated dial in solid silver, the piece has a monochromatic look with a very contemporary look. Fans of the Lange 1 will appreciate the distinctive design of this collection, despite the many details provided by the various hands. “The peripheral location of the city ring with 24 references allows for a harmonious arrangement of indications within the unique and decentralized architecture of Lange 1 watches,” explain the designers. They ensure that home time, second time zone time, grand date and power reserve are available at a glance at any time. To bring this piece to life, the watchmakers chose the L141.1 caliber with a 72-hour power reserve and a single barrel. A. Lange & Söhne trusts itself…

Plus point: two watches that symbolize the watchmaking know-how and aesthetic sophistication of the German manufacturer.


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