How Much A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Japanese Movement Replica

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Here’s a question for you: can there be such a thing as a cool Lange? Elegant, sophisticated, restrained, calculated… Yes. But cool? In truth, I wouldn’t have thought so until I went hands-on with the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen.”

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

First, a bit of a background story to these images: I remember seeing and photographing this A. Lange & Sohne Grand Complication Watch Replica last year at SIHH 2016, but, due to an exponentially unfortunate series of multiple hard drive failures, some of my files and back-ups from that event I had to say goodbye to. Through some heroic data saving though I managed to salvage enough of these files and bring you a hands-on with this most unusual Lange.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

After the first Lange 1 “Lumen” in 2013, Lange followed up in 2016 with the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” as seen here, carrying on the semi-transparent sapphire crystal theme featuring what they refer to as a special coating. This surface coating of the crystal blocks most visible light from the outside but, for one, it gives way to the UV spectra that charge the lume, and it also lets the lume shine through from underneath it in return. The result is a very stealthy, smoky look that at the same time remains not only recognizably unique but just begs for attention – not a typical Lange treat, that.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It was challenging to capture how this gray crystal really works in real life – and, like so many other AR-coated crystals, it too develops a blue-ish hue when hit by a strong light source, like the flash that we use for photography or a more powerful light bulb in the room (and typically does not happen with direct sunlight). When seen hands-on the end result is a bit like a Lange 1 that put its lace lingerie on – sort of –, providing a tease of a show. More factually speaking, you can surely see underneath the front crystal and appreciate all the fine finishing of the movement components, including polished springs, screw heads, and perlage-decorated plates, as well as the two discs for Lange’s weirdly named “outsize date.”

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A common issue with transparent-dial watches is that legibility suffers big time as the reflective hands have difficulty visually contrasting against the shiny and busy backdrop. Thanks to this smoked look of the crystal, though, the power reserve hand stands out, and so does all the text, while the large date is easy to find both for its size and prominent framing. Meanwhile, time indications have maintained their solid black sub-dials, which means that Lange actually practiced their well-known restraint here and didn’t go overboard with the transparent theme like so many others tend to do.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What’s new over the 2013 model, again, is the moon phase display, conveniently located inside the hour-minute sub-dial. Unlike Lange’s previous moon phase models which had solid gold discs, the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” has a disc made of glass. This surface is first treated with a patented coating process after which a laser cuts out a total of 1,164 stars and the Moon. It isn’t the disc itself that glows, though, as it is illuminated by a luminous compound behind it. The moon phase display will be off by one day every 122.6 years.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement partly exposed from the front and fully from the back is the hand-wound L095.4 caliber, featuring the quality standards and two-times assembly we have gotten used to seeing from Lange. The not very visually interesting three-quarter plate has been spiced up by what seems to be a random – but in reality, certainly well thought-out – layout of chatons, jewels, bearings, and gold text with three cocks, one supporting the balance wheel and featuring hand-engraved decoration in Glashütte watchmaking fashion.

The large mainspring barrel provides three full days of power reserve and the power reserve indicator on the front will help you not forget to keep this Lange 1 wound – or else you’ll have to reset the moon phase with the correction pusher set into the side of the case. If this wasn’t enough Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase details for you, check out our hands-on debut from 2014 here and for the latest Lange moon phase caliber check out this hands-on with three new Lange 1 variants.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In a recent issue of WatchTime, we took a peek at some century-plus of noteworthy timepieces in A. Lange & Söhne. Here are seven highlight bits and the stories behind them.This pocketwatch is that the second-most complicated timepiece ever made under the A. Lange & Söhne name. (The first is a modern-day wristwatch version of the piece.) Its first owner, a Viennese named Heinrich Schäfer, compensated 5,600 German marks for this in 1902, a sum that could have purchased a huge home. Instead, he opted to get a large dose of mechanical sophistication. The A Lange Sohne Watches History Replica is really a grand complication in the strictest use of this expression: a watch with a perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph and minute repeater (additionally, it has petite and grande sonneries). The 42500 also has a foudroyante (French for “lightning”) seconds display, where the seconds hand spins round its subdial once per second, revealing 1/5-second increments. The movement has 833 components, housed within an exceptionally decorated rose-gold case fitted using a seven-part enamel dial.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All tech specs and laser engraved moon phases aside, let’s get back to the original question and conclude, as I feel safe in saying: the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” is about as showy and cool as we’ll see Lange get for a long, long time. It is very unusual because it bravely and very noticeably shows a lot more skin than previous Lange 1 watches – which renders it all the more surprising, as the Lange 1 is the definitive A. Lange & Söhne model and brands exercise extreme caution when making drastic changes with such bread-and-butter collections.

Cool, I think, yes. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” is a fun watch. It is absolutely fascinating to look at and admire, and quality of execution is of course spectacular… But it still is one very serious A.Lange & Sohne Tourbillon Watches Replica to hold and to wear as although it is adorably called the “Lumen,” it does everything it can to look as dark and intimidating as possible. That’s true Lange for you, in the best and yet most extraordinary way possible.

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Wrapped in a 41mm-wide platinum case, it’s a choice of metal that makes it a heavy and hefty beast, and one that further helps sky-rocket the price of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” to  a whopping €69,600. That’s a lot even by Lange standards for what, in truth, really isn’t a very complicated watch. alange-soehne.com

Should I Buy A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Replica At Lowest Price

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Given the practical, classic look of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar, I would hope that owners give this type of timepiece a great volume of wrist time. This beautiful wearable is meant to be worn on a regular basis, so go with one that offers the most utility to peace-of-mind ratio. Is it proper to be so focused on practicality when it comes to a luxury product? The thought process might seem ironic at best. I would disagree. Watches are meant to be worn and admired, as well as cared for. Unless you are the type of watch collector who doesn’t wear their watches and keeps them imprisoned in a safe, you’ll want to maximize your level of enjoyment per watch by wearing something that you need to worry about the least.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by David Bredan & James Stacey

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Annual calendars, such as this 2017 A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar (debuted here on aBlogtoWatch), represent one of the most desirable complications in mechanical watches these days. Annual calendars take into account the date and month… and sometimes other information such as the day of the week and moon phase (as is the case here). The idea is simple and still useful today for people who like to wear such watches on a regular basis. Rather than have a “simple date” complication where the movement isn’t able to calculate the different number of days in each month across the year (simple calendars assume each month is 31 days long), annual calendars include the ability for the watch to recognize the difference between 28, 30, and 31 day months.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The only time you need to manually adjust the date on an annual calendar is during Februaries when there are 29 days. This is at max a once a year adjustment. Perpetual calendars take this a step up with the included functionality to take into consideration leap years, but in my opinion such “higher level” watches do not frequently justify the increased price of the product. More so, given the reality that a perpetual calendar is more complicated mechanically, the risk of something going wrong likewise increases with a perpetual over an annual calendar movement. My policy is that the watches I own should be less prone to needing service, so I prefer the most simple (albeit cool) watches for regular wear.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Visit A. Lange & Söhne in Glashutte, Germany and you’ll hear a lot of talk about practicality, utility, and durability. Even though A. Lange & Söhne watches represent the very top of German-made luxury watches, they are German. That means functionality needs to be a top priority above things like aesthetics or perceived status value. A good example is my favorite feature in the in-house made L051.3 manually-wound movement. A pusher on the side of the case is designed to make all the calendar information advance by a single day. That means if you press the button, then the date and day of the week, as well as the moon phase indicator will advance by one day.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

You can already do this by using dedicated in-set pushers on the case designed to allow you to adjust each of the complications individually – so why offer a pusher to do all of them at the same time? Good question. If you’ve ever had a complicated calendar watch, you know the hassle required to set all the information correctly if the watch hasn’t been worn for a while. This situation is especially common with manually wound watches (that can’t be put on automatic watch winders) in collections where owners have multiple watches. That means the likelihood of picking up a watch that isn’t set to the right time and date is likely.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This is where the pusher comes in. With three days of power reserve (72 hours of power reserve operating at 3Hz), the 1815 Annual Calendar is designed to be set on a table over the weekend and still powered on Monday. If, however, you let the mainspring wind down and need to get the movement started again, all you need to do is press the pusher a few times to make up for “lost days.” That way, your watch’s time and calendar information can be accurately set in seconds, without the need to find a stylus, operate the pushers, check the internet for moon phase data, etc…

Let’s stick with the dial side and begin with its most immediately apparent effort: its proudly displayed tourbillon bridge and assembly. The bridge itself includes a curve on each end that’s observable from the smallest of viewing angles. Have a closer look and you’ll see what seems to be among the most challenging anglages ever: in the form of a “V” the edges are bevelled and polished by hand. Both prongs result in a gold chaton using a diamond endstone interior — a long-forgotten element allowed for only the finest pocket watches of old.The tourbillon’s cage itself comprises remarkably romantic curves and eye-wateringly mirror polished shirt surfaces. The second image above shows how that mirror finish works: it is either silky-shiny white, or pitch black. Since the tourbillon stays so deep under the dial, mild finds humorous ways to create it into only some bits and pieces of this tourbillon assembly — another, but brilliant light display on display.Lange state the tourbillon “overcomes the pull of gravity” and I am sorry, but I can’t help but cringe every time I read or hear that. Jedi and astronauts onboard the ISS may overcome the pull of gravity, but not many others — and a tourbillon certainly can not. It is not 2002 anymore, when the tourbillon is a mysterious thing that is not possible to explain. I might be nitpicking here, sure, but what can it be if not attention and comprehension of such details that we expect from the big guns such as Lange? The tourbillon, fully subjected to the pull of gravity, more than time averages out the rate errors of this watch’s timekeeping organ, something largely and totally unnecessary in a wristwatch, unless we’re talking multi-axis tourbillons.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Thus, the entire purpose of the calendar correction pusher positioned at 2 o’clock on the case is purely for convenience. You don’t see too much of that anymore these days in luxury watches – where style is often seen as more important than substance. We like A. Lange & Söhne specifically because the engineers there understand that high-end A Lange And Sohne Watches For Sale Replica consumers want more than just a status symbol, but a wonderfully operating machine. This same mentality has (in my opinion) helped the German high-end car industry be as successful as it is.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar is sensible, sized at 40mm wide and available in 18k white or 18k pink gold. My personal tastes mean that the latter is the sexier of the pair in my opinion, but they are both lovely watches with their symmetrical, easy to read dials. The case is just under 10mm thick, which makes it wear well under sleeves. The dial information is easy to read, and the only controversial design decision by A. Lange & Söhne is to have the sub-dials overlap some of the hour markers. There are some people who are bothered by the overlap. I’m not among them, and prefer this style because it allows the sub-dials to be proportionally larger, and thus make for an overall better looking timepiece.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The 1815 collection is for the most part characterized by the style of hands and Arabic hour numerals on the dial. This is perhaps A. Lange & Söhne’s most classically conservative dial, and it delivers on the promise of looking both tasteful and timeless. Lange isn’t going for an “exciting look” because that is for the most part not what their watches are about. In a timepiece like the 1815 Annual Calendar, you are buying pure refined classicism of the best quality.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you are in the market to drop about $40,000 on a classic timepiece, you’ll be pretty darn happy with the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar given its mix of versatile wearability, comfort, aesthetics, and sheer utilitarian practicality. This isn’t the most beautiful or complex movement A. Lange & Söhne makes, but it does have all the lovely hallmarks of their hand-finished German Silver-based movements, which can be observed through the sapphire crystal caseback. More so, even at this arguably expensive price, the 1815 Annual Calendar represents a good value for the brand, whose watches don’t start at prices too much lower than this. With some fun tricks up its sleeves and timeless value, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar gives you reasons to save up for the retail price of €37,500. alange-soehne.com

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Nowadays this view can be obtained as the Datograph Auf/Ab; the motion was improved and a power-reserve display has been added. There’s also a version with a perpetual calendar, the Datograph Perpetual.The Lange 31 has been named for its power reserve: an astonishing 31 days. The A Lange Sohne Cheapest Watch Replica contains in-house Caliber L034.1, with 406 components. These include two stacked barrels, each having a powerful mainspring that’s 1.85 meters long, several times more than a standard mainspring. The barrels are 25 mm across and occupy three-quarters of this movement diameter.With a power book this long, and springs this strong, the amplitude of the balance would decline considerably over time if nothing were done to maintain it. But Lange has positioned an innovative constant-force device involving the twin mainspring barrels and the escapement. It ensures a constant flow of force, independent of their tautness or slackness of the mainsprings. It achieves this with the aid of a helical, pretensioned spring (a so-called remontoir spring), which is retightened every 10 seconds, also, over the subsequent 10 seconds, provides energy to the escapement. There are minimal changes in torque throughout the 10 seconds, but the energy conveyed remains nearly constant on average during the 31 days. When that interval has elapsed, an extra mechanism just stops the opinion.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

Glashütte, Germany-based manufacture A. Lange & Söhne has announced a new and surprising addition to their 1815 line of watches in the form of the 1815 Chronograph with a black dial and white gold case. With this new look, the Datograph’s younger sibling now looks the part too, and it makes for a hard to beat value proposition within its segment.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 line of watches is named for the birth year of the brand’s founder Ferdinand A. Lange and they’re meant to be evocative of classic design and traditional watchmaking techniques. The 1815 Chronograph was originally introduced in 2004, and saw its movement updated in 2010.

The movement in the current A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph is the same as the one found in the Datograph (see our hands-on with the Datograph Up/Down in pink gold here), with the date and power reserve complications removed. As far as movements go, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has seen a Lange movement in person and doesn’t think they’re superlative. I have a deep personal leaning toward Lange and the 1815 Chronograph in particular as it is a grail watch and was my first encounter with high-end watchmaking.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The Caliber 1951.5 is a manually wound movement with a column wheel flyback chronograph (meaning that the chronograph hands can be reset to zero without stopping) complication, free-sprung balance spring, and 60 hours of power reserve. By doing away with the date and power reserve complication, Lange has managed to shave 1.5mm off of this caliber’s width relative to the one used in the Datograph. In usual Lange fashion, the finishing on the movement is excellent.

In addition to the ample amounts of chamfering, engraving, polishing, heat bluing, and Lange’s signature gold chatons (the gold-colored casing in which the rubies sit, held in place by three heat blued screws, a very traditional technique), Lange has designed the movement to be a visual delight. Through the sapphire crystal case back, one can see all the components including the column-wheel, flyback mechanism levers, the snail of the minute counter which jumps precisely at 60 seconds and doesn’t creep along, and even the hand-engraved balance cock, with large balance spring and very traditional swan-neck regulator. Mechanically, this is one of the finest chronograph movements in regular production today.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The main attraction of this particular release, however, is not the movement which is shared among all the 1815 chronograph variants, but the dial which is a jet black piece of solid silver. Until now, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph was available in a white/silver dial only, with the black dial being the exclusive territory of the big brother, the Datograph. The heat-blued hands are now replaced by polished rhodium-plated hands.

This combination of polished hands and a black dial is something we have found to be very detrimental for legibility as it can often cause the hands to seem to just disappear. It would be uncharacteristic of Lange to make a poor design choice like this, so I will reserve judgement until I see one in person. The other difference between the Datograph and the 1815 Chronograph is that the latter does not have applied hour markers. They are painted onto the dial in a contrasting white.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Sohne Used Watches Replica has a classic two sub-dial configuration with running seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. In pictures, the placement of the sub-dials can make the dial seem visually unbalanced, but in the flesh and on the wrist this is not an issue, if my experience with the white dialed sibling is anything to go by.

The final update to the dial is the use of a pulsometer scale which hearkens back to the pulsometer scale from the original A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph from 2004. In fact, the brand tells us that this is the first time they have offered a black pulsation dial in a white metal case. A pulsometer is used to measure heart beat and is a more apropos choice for a dressy watch like the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph than a tachymeter scale.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The jet-black dial and the movement are housed in a 39.5mm white gold case, which is just shy of 11mm thick. This is not a svelte A Lange Sohne Watch Snob Replica by any means, but it is noticeably smaller than the Datograph and, in my opinion, sits better on the wrist. The case is a three-part construction with polished top bezel and lugs, brushed sides, and a screwed-down, concave rear bezel holding the sapphire crystal in place.

In keeping with the classic and dressy look, it has a simple fluted crown and rectangular pushers. In addition to the lack of date, power reserve indicator, and applied markers, the choice of case material differentiates the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph from the Datograph. While the former is offered in white gold, the latter is in platinum.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Watch With Black Dial Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph is timeless and seems just as comfortable among its peers today, as it did nearly 15 years ago and is a design that will continue to age gracefully. And while the Datograph remains A. Lange and Söhne’s flagship and the A.Lange & Sohne Glashutte I/Sa Doppelfederhaus Replica that reintroduced high-end, in-house, manual-wind chronographs to the world, there are several reasons one would choose to own an 1815 Chronograph instead – especially now, with the availability of the black dial.

As I mentioned before, the more restrained proportions of the 1815 Chronograph mean that it sits better on the wrist and is more comfortable for daily wear, but the most important mechanical parts remain identical to the larger cousin. And then, there’s the matter of pricing. At $50,300 (for all available variants, VAT not included) retail, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph is priced significantly lower than the Datograph and other comparable offerings from Patek Phillipe and Vacheron Constantin, its two main rivals. There are perhaps a few choices in the world of independents, but that’s about it. The new A. Lange and Söhne 1815 Chronograph with the black dial will be available at all authorized retailers on a black alligator strap with tang buckle. alange-soehne.com

High End A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Low Price Replica

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

The German A Lange & Sohne Swiss Replica Watches Replica brand A. Lange & Söhne was revived in 1994 but only opened their first boutique ten years ago in 2007. The boutique is in Dresden, a short drive from the brand’s headquarters in Glashütte. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this boutique, Lange has launched a limited edition time-only watch in the 1815 collection. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition watch is identical to the standard 1815 but has a hinged, engraved cover for a caseback.

Winding these colossal mainsprings could be exceedingly laborious in case this watch had been outfitted with a normal winding crown, so A. Lange & Söhne revived the twisting key from the epoch of pocketwatches, modernizing the twisting mechanism with an advanced ratchet and torque limiter.When Lange launched the Zeitwerk, it heralded the watch as its “new face.” At the time of the introduction, then-CEO Fabian Krone explained the Zeitwerk since Lange’s most crucial brand new watch as the Lange 1. The watch achieved a very hard task: the motion was able to provide enough power to rotate the three comparatively heavy disks used in its time screen, two for the minutes and one for the hours, and then ensure that all three disks moved at exactly the identical instant at the end of every hour. Achieving this required some intricate mechanisms, including a constant-force escapement with remontoir spring similar to that used in the Lange 31 (see Lange 31 item). The watch also has a fly vane, shaped like a small revolving door, which provides air resistance and hence guarantees that the disks’ jumps aren’t that forceful.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Dresden boutique

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique Edition is limited to ten watches each in pink gold and white gold. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 time-only is a classically sized dress watch with a 38.5mm case and a traditional dial layout with a sub-seconds dial at 6:00. The case is built with a traditional three-part construction and has a polished bezel, brushed case-band, and polished back. The alternating finishes give the watch the right balance between some visual pop and understated elegance when on the wrist.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

The dial is solid silver and the heat-blued hands contrast richly against it. As mentioned above, unique to the Dresden Boutique edition is the “dust cover” caseback – also called a cuvette. Likely inspired by vintage pocket watches, the cuvette is hinged at the 12:00 end of the dial and is engraved with a relief of the Dresden Frauenkirche, a well-known landmark. The Frauenkirche wasn’t selected out of mere convenience, it was chosen because the Lange boutique in Dresden is actually adjacent to this landmark and Ferdinand Lange actually worked in Dresden before moving the brand’s facilities to Glashütte.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

The A Lange & Sohne Watch Bands Replica is powered by the caliber L051.1, a hand-wound, time-only movement with a Nivarox balance spring, German silver main plate and bridges, swan-neck regulator, and 55 hours of power reserve. As can be expected of Lange, the movement is finished to a superlative standard. The three-quarter plate is Geneva striped, the balance cock engraved, and there are of course plenty of signature gold chatons held in place by blued screws. All the decoration is done by hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Like the chronograph sibling, I have a soft spot for the 1815 time-only. The addition of the hinged cuvette is not revolutionary, but is a nice way to commemorate a milestone for the brand and its boutique. With such a small run, I’m sure the watches will find a wrist (or safe) fairly quickly. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Dresden Boutique 10th Anniversary Edition watch ships on an alligator strap with a pin buckle and has a price of €29,900 including VAT. alange-soehne.com

Swiss 7750 Valjoux A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Japanese Movement Replica

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

Your average A. Lange & Söhne A Lange And Sohne Watch Snob Replica is already chock full of craftsmanship and anything but average. For those who require something even more “special,” however, the brand’s Handwerkskunst watches usually offer some additional artistic decoration for one of the brand’s existing models. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is one of those, and it is introduced today alongside four other watches; blue-dial versions of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, the Lange 1 Daymatic, Saxonia, and the Saxonia Automatic watches that they are calling the Blue Series – blue dials being all the rage for a couple years now.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

Based on the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar released in 2013, the base model alone is a very high-end, complicated piece. It features a perpetual calendar, rattrapante chronograph, moon phase, and power reserve indicator. Rattrapante is also called “split seconds” and it means there are two chronograph seconds hands so that you can stop one and continue timing with the other. Add to that the perpetual calendar that will track information including date, month, day of the week, and leap year accurately (until 2100 when it will need to be corrected for one day), so long as it’s kept running, and you have the 631-part L101.1 movement to make it all somehow (magic?) work together elegantly.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar in platinum from 2013 (left) compared with 2017 Handwerkskunst model.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

With a reasonably compact 41.9mm-wide white gold case, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is about a millimeter thicker than the 2013 model at 15.8mm thanks to the addition of a caseback that opens up on hinges to reveal the movement view. Water-resistance is not disclosed, but let’s just say don’t take it whitewater rafting. Each of the four subdials does double duty, with the month and leap year at 3 o’clock, the moon phase and running seconds at 6 o’clock, the date and day of the week at 9 o’clock, and 30-minute chronograph counter and power reserve at 12 o’clock. The pusher at 10 o’clock on the case is for the rattrapante chronograph hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is only Handwerkskunst A Lange Sohne Dive Watch Replica number six, but it seems a tradition has been established. The term means “artisanship” in German and the watches dubbed as such from A. Lange & Söhne have been known to give the brand’s typically conservative designs a splash of pizzazz with a range of traditional decoration techniques on the dial, case, and movement. See our hands-on with the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst here for another great example. Here, the dial and the hinged caseback cover use a combination of enamel and engraving, and the movement bridges are further engraved. The whole starry theme seems to be an aesthetic extension of the traditional moon phase display, as the brand points out.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

The dial is a translucent blue enamel covering a white gold base with stars engraved in relief on it, and the main dial’s Arabic numerals are flush with the enamel – I’m not sure if they are also relief or applied separately. Above it all, the rattrapante seconds hand makes it colorful with gold-plated steel. Otherwise, the hands are all rhodiumed white gold except the chronograph minutes hand in the 12 o’clock subdial which is blued steel.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

The hinged caseback continues both the relief white gold with blue enamel and the moon theme, with the Roman goddess Luna at the center depicted with traditional attributes such as her torch representing the moon’s light. As the engraving is all done by hand, it will differ slightly on each watch, and I particularly like the clouds and stars on the caseback – even if the facial expression of the goddess appears somewhat dissatisfied with it all.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

The caseback, also apparently known as a cuvette, opens on hinges to a view (through sapphire crystal, of course) of the L.101.1 movement where stars are again rising in relief, this time from a deeply granular-textured background as on many vintage German pocket watch movements. The engravings are found on the bridges and balance cocks, and you can see much of the 631-part movement with its two column wheels (one for the main chronograph and one for the rattrapante) and a colorful array of jewels, blued screws, gold, and of course, German silver. Even apart from the engraved elements, the movement is extensively hand-finished, as all A. Lange & Söhne movements are.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

Somewhat overshadowed by the epic Handwerkskunst but also perfectly lovely are the A. Lange & Söhne Blue Series watches released today, all also with white gold cases. These include A. Lange & Söhne’s flagship piece, the Lange 1 that has been the basis for a number of variations over the years, and this is its most classic form but with a blue dial. The Lange 1 Daymatic, also in blue here, has a similar dial layout to the Lange 1, only flipped with a day of the week replacing the the power reserve indicator – and adds automatic winding with the more complex L021.1 movement. Finally, the entry-level A. Lange & Söhne watch, the basic hand-wound Saxonia, and its automatic winding brother also join with blue dials.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia might be simple and understated with only the time and small seconds in a 35mm case, but the manually wound 3Hz L941.1 movement with a 45-hour power reserve is finished to the same standard even as Lange’s most elaborate pieces. The movements in the high-end A. Lange & Söhne watches are more complicated and require more painstakingly finished parts than simpler and less expensive watches, but all movement parts are treated the same, the brand tells us. That will, of course, also be true of the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic that has a 38.5mm-wide case and the self-winding L086.1 movement with 72 hours of power reserve.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst & Blue Series Watches Watch Releases

Audemars Piguet may in fact have made not only the gongs but the whole motion: in these days, it was common for European watch companies to purchase raw movements from Swiss businesses and finish them to their own specifications.The watch almost dropped into oblivion. In 2001, a married couple attracted it to Lange’s headquarters at Glashütte to find out if it had been worth repairing. A housekeeper they knew had received it as a gift over the usual half-century earlier. The answer was not obvious. In a publication about the watch that the company printed in 2010, ” Lange watchmaker Jan Silva described the watch’s state: “Where there could typically be a complex, delicate mesh of bridges, springs and brakes, there was nothing to be seen however a gray-brown, amorphous mass …. Only the larger components of this motion were still identifiable.” Silva led a team of four watchmakers that revived the movement to pristine state. It required five years; the dismantling procedure alone took three months.The see’s case was made from the industrial developer Carl Ludwig Theodor Graff from the Louis XV style. The front bears an engraving of the goddess Minerva; the rear is adorned with the initials “G.S.” nobody understands whose initials they’re. Unlike the motion, the situation and the dial had been in excellent condition when the watch resurfaced in 2001.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst will be limited to 20 pieces and have a price of €290,000 each, significantly more than the €199,900 of the 2013 non-Handwerkskunst model in gold. The blue-dial A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic will have a price of $43,200; the blue Lange 1 is $34,700; Saxonia Automatic is $25,800; and the Saxonia is $14,800. alange-soehne.com

Top Quality SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Japanese Movement Replica

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events

Are we pumped for SIHH 2018 yet? Just like the “holiday shopping season” and beginning around the same time, it seems like the new-product announcements get earlier every year. With still more than a month to go, the 2018 models that we will get to see in Geneva in January have already started coming in. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) A Lange Sohne Dive Watch Replica industry trade show, just like its organizing body the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), has continued to grow and evolve each year, adding more brands as well as a day where the show is open to the public for the first time in 2017 – this time around, it will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Now with a total of 35 brands, SIHH 2018 promises even more variety than in previous years.

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events

You already know that SIHH is one of the two most important events for the A Lange And Sohne Watches For Sale Replica industry, as its exhibitors – while much fewer than at the biggest industry trade show, Baselworld – represent many major and influential brands, and this is the time of year when they introduce their most important new products. Vis-à-vis Baselworld – where around 300 brands represent the breadth of the watch industry from high-end and mainstream to obscure startups – SIHH has always carefully maintained an image of exclusivity and “prestige.”

So, while a few brands do introduce models in the “mid-level luxury” range that the average person might be able to consider saving up for and possibly actually wearing… you can expect a lot of skeletonization, avant-garde designs, artisanal techniques and haute horology finishing, “high complications,” precious materials, and stratospheric prices. Haute horlogerie is in the name, after all. It has largely been a spectator’s show for fans of high-end watchmaking, but with recent industry trends emphasizing more “down-to-earth” (it’s all relative) models, some balance and variety can at least be hoped for.

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events

SIHH 2018’s 35 Exhibiting Brands

The Richemont Group along with some independent brands long represented the handful of SIHH exhibitors. However, the show’s 2016 edition added a “Carré des Horlogers” section with nine “artisan-creators and independent workshops” and expanded that number in 2017. This year, the Carré des Horlogers brands are up to no fewer than 17, with the primary exhibitors (referred to as “Historic Maisons”) at 18 for a total, again, of 35. The primary exhibitors are joined by Hermes, and the Carré des Horlogers adds five brands with Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, Élégante by F.P.Journe, and Romain Gauthier. See the full list of exhibitors in the image above.

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events
In a recent issue of WatchTime, we took a peek at a century-plus of noteworthy timepieces in A. Lange & Söhne. Here are seven highlight bits and the tales behind them.This pocketwatch is the second-most complex timepiece ever made beneath the A. Lange & Söhne name. (The first is that a modern-day wristwatch version of the piece.) Its first owner, a Viennese named Heinrich Schäfer, compensated 5,600 German marks to it in 1902, a sum that might have purchased a large house. Rather, he opted for a huge dose of mechanical complexity. The opinion is really a grand complication at the strictest use of the expression: a watch with a perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph and minute repeater (in addition, it’s petite and grande sonneries). The 42500 also has a foudroyante (French for “turbo”) seconds screen, where the seconds hand spins around its subdial once per second, revealing 1/5-second increments. The movement has 833 components, housed within a exceptionally decorated rose-gold case fitted using a seven-part enamel dial.

From a media perspective, Baselworld has tended to spread our resources very thinly in past years with simply too much to cover at once, so with some prominent brands having moved from Baselworld to SIHH, we can hope for some balance between the shows. Around 20,000 visitors are expected this year, and the FHH promises improved facilities and connectivity in order to make our job of bringing you high quality content more efficient – so we’ll see what that’s like in January. That’s just a glimpse into our point of view in preparing for the show.

We’ll continue providing news of new products ahead of the show – if mostly only renders and official product images from the brands with basic information before being able to see the watches in person to photograph and evaluate them in their glorious and gritty reality. SIHH 2018 runs from January 15th to the 19th, and again, the last day is open to the public with tickets on sale at the SIHH website. sihh.org

Who Makes The Best A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ Watch Replica Buying Guide

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases
It is filigree and yet rugged in a way few movements with ~700 components are. All the components seem to have substantial volume to them, almost begging the question why so many different movements we view incorporate fragile-looking small springs and cams inside their design. The Tourbograph looks like a beautifully decorated machine which dwarfs other movements.Hidden deep inside the bowels of this L133.1 is a fusée and chain transmission system, designed to ensure a more even delivery of torque as the mainspring unwinds within its brief, 36-hour power reserve — 36 hours is really short, however a shorter than average power book is not exactly unusual one of such exceptionally complicated moves. The chain itself is 636 components, but Lange counts it as one (yes, one) component in the 684 part count of the movement itself.On the wrist, the 43mm-wide and whopping 16.6mm-thick platinum case is a hefty, hefty beast. It wears fine, but the burden of the case and the ~1,400 components inside it do make for one very heavy watch. Weapons grade, I think is the term. Few watches make me feel crappy, but that one did in its odd way — as it, in all fairness, is a delicate thing.

SIHH 2017 was a bit of a bittersweet affair for A. Lange & Söhne. While the brand welcomed pieces like the epic Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite and the sublime 1815 Annual Calendar, they also had to cope with the news of founder Walter Lange’s passing. Walter Lange’s contributions to A. Lange & Söhne cannot be overstated. Together with Günter Blümlein, Lange resurrected A. Lange & Söhne in 1990 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In just four short years, they released the first new A. Lange & Söhne watches to the world. To pay tribute to his contribution, the brand has just unveiled the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watch with no fewer than two seconds hands – one that sweeps and one that jumps.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” will be produced in extremely small numbers and will only be available in precious metals – yellow gold, white gold, and pink gold – as is the case for most A. Lange & Söhne watches. The watch measures 40.5mm wide by 10.7mm tall with a dial in silver, regardless of the case material, and the lance-style hands are made out of heat-blued steel. The dial is clean and simple in keeping with the 1815 collection. The center hour and minute hands tell the time, while a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock shows the running seconds. What is unusual, however, is that the watch has another central seconds hand. This is a jumping seconds hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The jumping seconds hand can be activated or deactivated using the pusher at 2 o’clock, which allows it to be used to time short events down to the nearest second. Now, the jumping seconds might sound like an unusual complication to have, but it has significance for the Lange family as it was conceived by Ferdinand Adolph Lange (Walter Lange’s great-grandfather) back in 1867.

The execution of the jumping seconds hand in the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watch uses the flirt-and-star principle, which is faithful to the mechanism first designed by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1867. A star wheel with six tips liberates a tensioned lever arm once every second in a move that is called the “flirt.” The arm spins 360 degrees before it is stopped by the next tip of the star. In doing so, the seconds hand advances by precisely one marker – meaning you can use it almost like a chronograph for measuring within a minute.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is the in-house made Caliber L1924, which can be admired through the sapphire display caseback. It is dubbed Caliber L1924 in honor of Walter Lange’s birth year. It is a manually wound movement made up of 253 components, beats at 3Hz, and has a power reserve of 60 hours – presumably, when both seconds hands are left running continuously. Curiously, A. Lange & Söhne did not provide us with a picture of the movement, but we are told that it features plates and bridges made out of untreated German silver and it is immaculately decorated by hand. Additionally, like all other A. Lange & Söhne pieces, it has an intricately hand-engraved balance cock. I guess we’ll just have to wait till SIHH when we can see the movement in person, as well as to answer certain questions such as exactly how the hands might be realigned after having stopped the jumping seconds hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

Walter Lange

The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” has the reference number 297, which is actually a reference to Walter Lange’s birth date – July 29th. The A Lange Sohne Vintage Watches Replica is limited to 27 pieces in yellow gold, 145 pieces in white gold, and 90 pieces in pink gold. The unusual numbers pay homage to various milestones in the Lange family. Walter Lange registered Lange Uhren GmbH on December 7th, 1990, which is exactly 145 years from the day Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the company. Also, 27 is a reference to the 27 years that have passed between December 7th, 1990 and December 7th, 2017.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

Last but not least, I said that the watches were only available in precious metals, but A. Lange & Söhne are also creating a unique piece in stainless steel that they plan to auction for charity. Apart from the stainless steel case, this unique piece also stands out for its black enamel dial and polished stainless steel hands. The watch will be auctioned off at some time in 2018, and all proceeds will go to charity. The other A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watches are all priced at €47,000 regardless of the case material. alange-soehne.com

High Grade Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Replica Watches Young Professional

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

It’s rare enough to go hands-on with one of German watchmaking’s most interesting and iconic pieces, but three at the same time? It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. We recently pinned down a trio of A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk watches – each with their own distinct complication, designed to appeal to very specific types of collectors: the standard version in rose gold, the Striking Time in rose gold, and the Minute Repeater in platinum.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

At first glance, the three examples all carry a very similar visual aesthetic, anchored in A. Lange & Söhne’s extremely cool mechanical jumping “digital” display – now a signature for the prestigious Glashütte-based watchmaker. However, the contrasts between each in feature set and price point couldn’t be more different, which is why it’s helpful to have them all in the same room at once. Before we dive too deep into the minutiae that define each Zeitwerk, it’s worth taking a moment to break down what makes their complications different.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

For starters, the “standard” variant (somewhat of a misnomer, as even the base-level Zeitwerk is an extremely complex watch) is built around a 41.9mm case and powered by Lange’s calibre L043.1, which displays the time through a series of rotating discs at 3 and 9:00 that “jump” from minute to minute, and hour to hour. Coming in at 44.2mm, the Striking Time is a few hairs larger than the standard A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, a size increase which accommodates the added complications necessary for the larger L043.2 caliber which chimes the full and quarter hours as they arrive in two distinctly different tones only when the chime is engaged.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

You can see each of the hammer-like gongs positioned at 4 and 7:00, where they strike a carefully tensioned wire driven into the caseband. The third in our trio is the most complex, and arguably the apex of traditional watchmaking expertise – which is likely why Lange opted to release it exclusively in platinum.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater accommodates the caliber L043.5 by sharing the same larger 44.2mm case as the Striking Time, but with an added degree of symphonic complexity when its chimes are activated – on demand, unlike the Striking Time – simply by depressing the pusher at 10:00. But rather than chime the hours and quarter-hours as they pass like the Striking Time, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater chimes the current time, right down to the very minute, using a combination of unique notes: a low tone for each elapsed hour, a high/low tone combo for 10-minute intervals, and a crisp, high tone for each elapsed minute.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The entire sequence takes much longer than the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time, but it’s a delight for the ears, and one that must simply be heard to be fully appreciated. The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater also carries the distinction of being the world’s first A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down Watch Review Replica with both a mechanical jumping numeral display and a “decimal” minute repeater, making it something of a rare bird in already very rare company.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

From a practical standpoint, each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk brings its own unique functionality to the table, but on the wrist, those differences become much more subtle – especially given the dial similarity of each. The 44.2mm A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater with its 14.1mm height and platinum case (known to be a much more dense metal than gold) naturally carries the heaviest wrist presence, but not by much – as it compares to the other two, which differ by no more than 1.5mm in height and case size. Contemporary proportions, for sure, but the visual “lightness” of the dials enable each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk to wear subtly smaller than its specs belie.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

But back to the Minute Repeater’s L043.5 caliber, which houses a gobsmacking 771 parts (93 of which are jewels) and a healthy degree of added complexity, compared to just over four and five hundred parts for the standard and Striking Time variants, respectively. One other note on the relative practicality of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk range is how the power reserve for each is a somewhat sub-standard 36 hours with a full wind. That said, bear in mind the amount of power it takes to “jump” the hour/minute discs and activate the chiming gongs (in some cases – simultaneously) results in considerable more drain than the demands of a traditional manually-wound mainspring – even at the 18,000bph.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Keeping this in mind, it makes perfect sense that each dial prominently exhibits a power reserve indicator at 12:00. The power reserve indicator on the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater differs ever so slightly in that it carries a red dot indicating the minimum amount of remaining power required to activate the sonnerie.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

But besides the overall similarity in dial layout and case design, if there’s one common theme that unites these three watches (and A. Lange & Söhne as a whole) is the absolutely heroic level of finishing that goes into each dial and movement. All the usual exemplary signatures of an A. Lange & Söhne are here; the precision-beveled, polished, and striped movement bridges and the hand-engraved balance cock.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

But the dials – particularly those of the sonnerie variants – are extra unique. Here, the gongs are not just visible, but carry some equally impressive finishing; mirror-polished fronts, beveled edges, and grained sides. The end result is both subtle and spectacular as it contrasts the brushed gold that frames the hour and minute apertures.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Historically speaking, sonnerie watches like these Zeitwerk examples (with the exception of the standard, of course) have deep roots not only in fine watchmaking, but utility as well. Long before the complication was reserved for the annuls of haute horology (and long before the widespread advent of electricity), it was the only means available that could deliver the time in complete darkness.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The big-date display, which can be patented, functions by way of a “ones” ring bearing the digits 0 through 9 and a “tens” cross together with the digits 1 through 3 plus a sterile field. A special challenge for the engineers would be to ensure that the calendar changed correctly at the ends of months with 31 days. For those months, the “ones” ring must stay motionless during the night preceding the first of the new month, while the “tens” cross legged through 90 levels to bring its clean segment into view. A button on the case side is used to correct the date screen in the end of February, April, June, September and November.A. Lange & Söhne introduced its initial self-winding watch, the Langematik, three years later it launched the Lange 1. To raise the movement’s winding efficacy, the good gold rotor from the Langematik is equipped with an outer platinum segment. A reverser mechanism enables the rotor to communicate energy into the mainspring in both directions of rotation. To minimize friction, Lange’s watchmakers added three micro ball bearings to the reduction gearing.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Watches Hands-On Hands-On

It’s a particular thrill to see this unique complication juxtaposed against the classically sleek, avant-garde design language that’s long defined A. Lange & Söhne, but like any truly great watch, it comes at a price. Cased in two different precious metals, and powered by three distinctly different complications, the pricing for each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk differs a fair bit. The standard A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Zeitwerk in rose gold starts around $70,000, whereas the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time in rose gold has a price of $117,500, and the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater cast in platinum goes for $467,700. lange-soehne.com

Swiss Grade A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Low Price Replica

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne’s Little Lange 1 Moon Phase embodies what I love about women’s watches right now. It’s a smaller version of a men’s model – and that’s a good thing, since it generally means a great movement, meticulous finish, and a dignified design, particularly since you’re talking about A. Lange & Söhne. When a company that makes something as magnificent as the Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite makes a ladies’ watch, it isn’t going to be a token girly watch with lots of flowers but no real functions. We also have a new Saxonia ladies watch in 35mm. So, here’s our hands-on look at the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies watches.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Carol Besler

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Little Lange 1 was first introduced in 2009, but contains a new movement, the manually-wound Caliber L121.2. It is the perfect size for ladies: 36.8mm wide, and 9.5mm thick, compared to the men’s model, which is 38.5mm wide and 10.2mm thick. The date is a big date, a signature feature on Lange’s men’s pieces. The moon phase is a welcome departure from the traditional blue and gold sky/moon color combination seen on men’s watches since the beginning of time.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The silver background with gold stars creates an alternate tone-on-tone dial composition that is more harmonious than one broken by the bright blue. Add to this a guilloché pattern and you have a balance of decorative and tasteful that many good watch brands don’t get right. Like the men’s, with a Caliber L121.3, the moon phase will need a correction every 122.6 years. You can see the movement through the case back, with Lange’s signature engraved balance cock and ¾ plate made of German silver. It has a 72-hour power reserve, and the dial has a subtle power reserve indicator between 2 and 4 o’clock.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

It comes with a white alligator strap with a pink gold prong buckle. The width is 36.8mm, which is large, but not condescending as, say, a 26mm size would be. Not every woman has a tiny wrist, and even if they do, they don’t necessarily want a small, dainty watch.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Also new for ladies this year from A. Lange & Söhne is the Saxonia Ladies, a new 35mm size watch for the collection. According to Lange, Saxonia stands for “the union of minimalistic design with mechanical fascination,” which sounds about right as a description of this collection. As a classic watch, it has all the right elements: applied gold baton hour markers with a double baton set at 12 o’clock, classical minute track, and slim hands.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

What makes the 35mm perfect as a ladies’ classic watch are the mother-of-pearl dial and the small seconds hand at 6 o’clock (with a stop seconds feature). Adding a date window – especially one of Lange’s massive date windows – would have been too much on this watch. The case is 35mm wide and 7.3mm thick – anything wider might be inelegant as a ladies’ dress watch. As a serious piece of horology for ladies, it’s sized just right considering it’s a time-only piece. The mother of pearl and gold feminize the dial without getting too precious. The white alligator strap with prong buckle wrap the watch up quite nicely.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The movement is the manually-wound Caliber L941.1 which, of course, is the same movement used in the larger 37mm men’s model. Lange’s go-to time-only movement, the L941.1 is decorated in the brand’s usual manner and visible through the case back. It has a Nivarox balance spring and a 45-hour power reserve. Really, nothing new here with movement, it’s what you’d expect from a Lange in a woman’s A Lange Sohne Watch Straps Replica that has a cost of entry that’s significantly less than that of other pieces from the brand itself as well as its competitors.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase & Saxonia Ladies Watches Hands-On Hands-On

In rose gold, the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase is priced at $39,500, compared to the men’s, at $40,900, which by the way is a great option if you prefer a bigger case and no guilloché. It takes a certain amount of confidence in the product as well the consumer to price the two at essentially the same price point. There are a handful of brands out there that one can imagine being placed into this category and A. Lange & Söhne would certainly be one of them.

The movement is the hand-wound Caliber L043.1, which has 415 parts and measures 33.6 mm in diameter. Its balance oscillates at a leisurely frequency of 18,000 vph. (To see our evaluation of this original Lange Zeitwerk, click here.) This watch is much more than a traditional perpetual calendar. Turn it over and you’ll see among the very complex and unconventional moon-phase displays ever made. At the centre is a disk bearing a map of the Northern Hemisphere. Surrounding the ground is a disk decorated with 2,116 stars. (Their positions don’t correspond to those of real stars; Lange calls for the arrangement a “dream sky.”) A third disk, for exhibiting the stage of the moon, lies under an aperture in the star disk.The earth disk rotates counterclockwise once every 24 hours; you may see the time anywhere in the world by speaking to the 24 hour mark onto the ring surrounding the screen. Since the moon orbits, it waxes and wanes. The watch’s equilibrium, visible throughout the caseback, represents the sun: when the moon is between the ground and the equilibrium, the moon disk is all gloomy, representing the new moon. When it’s on the opposite side of the planet, it’s all gold, representing the entire moon. The moon display is so true that it’ll be 1,058 years before it has to be corrected by a single day.

The Saxonia collection represents entry level pricing for A. Lange & Söhne, and there are two versions of the Saxonia, one in white gold and the other in pink gold. Both are priced at $16,100. By comparison, the 37mm men’s Saxonia is priced at $14,800, (with the Caliber L093.1) and the 40mm at $24,500. But neither of these have the small seconds or mother-of-pearl dial. Both the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase and Saxonia cater to different sub-markets in the ladies watch market and Lange has presented some truly fantastic pieces. alange-soehne.com

Luxury A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Replica Watches Free Shipping

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Some Lange watches put me in actual pain, I want them so much. To make this issue sound more serious than it actually is, I’ll call it Futile Unattainable Watch Acquisition Syndrome (FUWAS, for short). If someone has copyrighted that already, have his lawyer contact mine. Weirdly, the heavyweight horological muscle-flexer A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ is not such a Lange, and I have even managed to finally figure out why.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by David Bredan

Why? Exactly because it is a heavy weight horological muscle-flexer of a watch, a A.Lange Sohne Datograph Perpetual Calendar Watch Replica that’s so overdone, its doping has allowed but a few little segments in the Lange DNA to survive such abusive treatment. In truth, we have seen the combination of a round case, perpetual calendar and moon phase in sub-dials, and a chronograph many times before. Many, many times, because that’s how genuinely spoiled we are. The Tourbograph even shows some skin (beautiful skin, in fact) at 6 o’clock to let you know not just with its font choice and ever-so-slightly unique lugs that it’s a Lange.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I fully understand the value and the awe-inspiring goodness in the bespoke, not-copied-from-anyone-else engineering that’s under the hood of this Tourbograph Perpetual, but we are not talking about an uncased movement here, but a complete watch. On that note, anyone who doesn’t tingle at the sight of this movement should seek medical attention, quick! To take a more positive approach to what unquestionably is a watchmaking masterpiece, we have to look at the myriads of fine details the Tourbograph offers.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Let us stick with the dial side and start with its most immediately apparent feat: its proudly displayed tourbillon bridge and assembly. The bridge itself features a curve on each end that is visible from the slightest of viewing angles. Take a closer look and you’ll see what appears to be one of the most challenging anglages ever: in the shape of a “V” the edges are bevelled and polished by hand. The two prongs lead to a gold chaton with a diamond endstone inside – a long-forgotten element reserved for only the finest pocket watches of old.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The tourbillon’s cage itself features unusually romantic curves and eye-wateringly mirror polished top surfaces. The second image above shows how that mirror finish works: it is either silky-shiny white, or pitch black. Because the tourbillon sits so deep under the dial, light finds funny ways to make it to just some bits and pieces of the tourbillon assembly – a different, but fantastic light show on display.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Lange say the tourbillon “overcomes the pull of gravity” and I’m sorry, but I can’t help but cringe every time I read or hear that. Jedi and astronauts onboard the ISS can overcome the pull of gravity, but not many others – and a tourbillon certainly can’t. It isn’t 2002 anymore, when the tourbillon is a mystical thing that’s impossible to explain. I may be nitpicking here, sure, but what is it if not attention and understanding of such details that we expect from the big guns like Lange? The tourbillon, fully exposed to the pull of gravity, over time averages out the rate errors of the watch’s timekeeping organ, something largely and totally unnecessary in a wristwatch, unless we’re speaking multi-axis tourbillons.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dial side has many other treats for the onlooker, namely those linked to the perpetual calendar and the rattrapante chronograph. The former is composed of 206 parts, almost a third of the 684 total component count of the L133.1 caliber. Lange’s moon phase is “accurate to 122.6 years” – mind you, that “accuracy” means that it takes that much time for the moon phase display to be off by a complete day. This sort of arbitrary way is how the accuracy of moon phase displays in watches is usually determined, not that anyone really cares about actual practicality beyond its aesthetic and engineering element.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The rattrapante chronograph on the other hand is one of the most technically impressive and challenging complications out there. Some watchmakers I asked told me they find it more challenging to do than a sonnerie or minute repeater, and definitely a much bigger pain in the neck than a perpetual calendar (unless it is instantaneous and/or further complicated). The two laser sharp chronograph seconds hands rest a hair’s width above one another in their reset position, with the blue being the rattrapante hand, operated by the pusher at the 10 o’clock position of the case.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The rattrapante chronograph also gives us the perfect reason to turn the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ around and take a better look at its caseback. It is one metropolis of a movement, truly like a small-scale city of gears and plates. A complicated Lange, and especially a chronograph, will forever be among the most splendid-looking calibers in all of watchmaking history.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As we have seen with the Lange Double Split, there is not one, but two column wheels in the movement. As you can see on the image above, this column wheel is directly linked to the two arms that control the splitting (or rattrapante) function: some extremely finicky geometrics come to play to stop and let go of the wheel linked to one of the two central chronograph seconds hands. The other column across the movement (the one to the left on the image below) serves as a regular chronograph function’s column wheel, responsible for stopping and starting the chronograph itself.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There are simple movements that amaze with their finishing and there are not-so-amazingly finished complex movements that amaze with their mind-boggling layout. The Tourbograph merges the two and creates a watch that is a sensual overload with a window onto a world where stunning surface treatments and decorations meet with some of the challenging geometrics and interactions of components.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It is filigree and yet rugged in a way few movements with ~700 components are. All the parts appear to have substantial volume to them, almost begging the question why so many other movements we see incorporate fragile-looking little springs and cams in their design. The Tourbograph looks like a beautifully decorated machine that dwarfs other movements.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hidden deep inside the bowels of the L133.1 is a fusée and chain transmission system, designed to ensure a more even delivery of torque as the mainspring unwinds over its short, 36-hour power reserve – 36 hours is indeed brief, but a shorter than average power reserve isn’t exactly unusual among such outrageously complicated movements. The chain itself is 636 parts, but Lange counts it as one (yes, one) part in the 684 component count of the movement itself.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist, the 43mm-wide and whopping 16.6mm-thick platinum case is a hefty, hefty beast. It wears fine, but the weight of the case and the ~1,400 components inside it do make for one very heavy watch. Weapons grade, I think is the word. Few watches make me feel invincible, but this one did in its strange way – because it, in all fairness, is a fragile thing.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The initials “JAP,” for Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet, founders of Audemars Piguet, appear about the gong block. Audemars Piguet might in fact have made not only the gongs however, the entire motion: in those days, it was common for European watch companies to purchase raw motions from Swiss businesses and finish them to their own specifications.The watch virtually fell into oblivion. Back in 2001, a married couple brought it to Lange’s headquarters in Glashütte to find out whether it had been worth repairing. A housekeeper they knew had received it as a gift more than a half-century earlier. The answer was not obvious. In a publication about the watch that the company printed in 2010, Lange watchmaker Jan Silva explained the watch’s condition: “Where there could normally be a complex, delicate mesh of springs, bridges and brakes, there was nothing to be seen but a gray-brown, amorphous mass …. Just the larger components of the movement were still recognizable.” Silva led a team of four watchmakers that revived the movement to pristine condition. It took five years; the dismantling process alone took three months.The see’s case was made by the industrial designer Carl Ludwig Theodor Graff in the Louis XV style. Front bears an engraving of this goddess Minerva; the back is adorned with all the initials “G.S.” nobody understands whose initials they’re. Unlike the movement, the case and the dial had been in excellent condition when the watch resurfaced in 2001.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Lange is a powerhouse in modern watchmaking – the flippin’ Death Star that slowly moves in the vast horological space, filled with little planets of miserable but strangely likable brands. If sheer engineering awesomeness and quality of execution could somehow allow a watch to shoot lasers, I’d expect to see a Lange do it first – and there’s no point to coming second in that game, is there?

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’ is yet another weapon in the manufacture’s armada that testifies to the excellence and almost frightening know-how of Lange – and for this, I respect it without a morsel of reservation. But, strangely, for the same reasons, somehow it is still overshadowed by other pieces in Lange’s range that are, in their own ways, equally impressive, but much more Lange. Think of any of these three incredible Zeitwerks (hands-on here), the badass Lange 1 Lumen (hands-on) or, of course, the Datograph.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ Watch Hands-On Hands-On

After all is said and done, seeing the Tourbograph Perpetual hands-on was a memorable and fantastic experience, as it damn well should be for any true watch enthusiast – but why I’m looking forward to SIHH 2018 is to see more Lange 1s and Zeitwerks, not just muscle-flexing, irrespective how impressive it is.

Price for the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’ is around €480,000alange-soehne.com