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Lange 1 Timezone now in honey gold

Yesterday, A. Lange & Söhne unveiled a new honey gold version of the Lange 1 Time Zone watch. The rotating city ring features Dresden now instead Berlin (Central European Time), which is the closest city to Lange’s headquarters in Glashutte, Germany and the place where the original Lange 1 was unveiled 22 years ago. The Lange 1 Time Zone model, however, has been in production since 2005. At 41.9 mm x 11 mm case has the same dimensions as before, although this limited edition is crafted of 18K honey gold, which is proprietary to Lange, with a hue somewhere in between rose and yellow gold, and much harder than other gold alloys which help to reduce scratches. The manually wound movement – caliber L031.1, beats at 3Hz (21,600 kph), has a 72-hour power reserve, 4 screwed gold chains, 54 jewels,

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Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite” in white gold with black dial

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The “Pour le Mérite” collection, first introduced in 1994, consists of four models – including the Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” which we went hands-on with during its launch in Dresden in 2010 – all of which feature a fusee-and-chain transmission designed to improve rate accuracy through constant torque delivery. The most basic model in the collection simply called the Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite,” displays just the time: hours, minutes, and small seconds. Yet, incredibly, the movement consists of 915 parts. For a time only watch, this is likely a record. Not that companies are striving to use more parts. The primary goal here is, of course, rate accuracy, and the 636 component fusee-and-chain is part of that equation. And while I wish Lange would provide the average rate and amplitude numbers, based on past talks with their

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Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

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One of the most interesting Lange debuts this year was the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds. Introduced at SIHH 2016, the watch is distinguished by its regulator dial that separates the hours, minutes, seconds on separate axises. Most importantly, the seconds hand, in particular, “jumps” in one-second intervals. At first glance, you might think it is quartz movement that powers the hands, particularly because the seconds hand on a quartz watch also jump in one-second intervals, instead of smoothly sweeping like the majority of mechanical timepieces. But this is far from quartz. Driven by a one-second constant-force escapement, the so-called “deadbeat” seconds feature, when combined with the zero-reset mechanism, makes it so you can out the crown, instantly causing the seconds hand to jump to 12 o’clock and stop, allowing you to quickly and precisely synchronize the timepiece. And thanks to

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Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon explained by Anthony de Haas

In this video, Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development, at German-based watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne, demonstrates the complicated Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon that was launched at the Geneva watch show (SIHH) in January. At 10 minutes, this video is not short, but considering every technical feature of this incredible flagship Datrograph is precisely explained by the person in charge of its development – it is well worth the watch.

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SIHH 2016: Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen”

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Today, at the 2016 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the German watchmaker, A. Lange & Sohne, debuted the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen.” With the same dimension (41 mm by 9.5 mm) and movement (caliber L095.4) as the standard model, the watch is technically the same in most respects. The difference is the unique smoked sapphire crystal that makes up a portion of the dial, and that offers a view into the dial side of the movement. And, of course, the luminous hands, markers and outsized date indication. The combination of the smoked dial and luminous material makes for a very distinctive and aggressive look, much like Grand Lange 1 “Lumen.” In total, there are 446 components, including 45 jewels, and 7 screwed gold chatons, that make up the hand wound movement that powers this timepiece.

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A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst

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To commemorate 200 years since the birth of Ferdinand Adolph Lange – the namesake founder of A. Lange & Sohne – the German watchmaker has produced a 30 piece limited edition version of the 1815 Tourbillon (which combines a zero-reset seconds hand as well as a hacking tourbillon cage - as seen in this video). This special edition 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst (the German word for “artisanship”) is presented in a pink gold case measuring 39.5 mm x 11.1 mm, the same as the 2014 model. The dial, however, is new. It is made of 18K pink gold which has a tremblage engraving that achieves a uniform granular structure. The numerals and logo are in relief and are polished to stand out against the black rhodium-plated surface of the dial. According to the manufacture, “The tourbillon bridge and the upper part

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Lange to unveil boutique edition of 1815 Chronograph

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A. Lange & Sohne introduces a special boutique edition of their other chronograph, the 1815. The Datograph is the chronograph that most people likely associate with Lange, but its lesser known little brother – the 1815 Chronograph – which is powered by (caliber L951.5), has essentially the same movement as the Datograph (caliber L951.6) but without a date. In comparison to the latest 1815 Chronograph which was introduced in 2010, the boutique edition comes with a slightly thicker case at 11.00 mm in height versus 10.8 mm. And most notably, it has a pulsometer scale and blue numerals and markings on the dial, as well as rhodium-plated hour and minute hands instead of blued-steel. The registers and dial have been repositioned as to make room for the pulsometer scale. However, it retains the blued steel chronograph seconds, chronograph minutes and

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Concorso d’Eleganza Lange "Como Edition"

On 24 May 2015, Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid presented a unique Lange 1 Timezone “Como Edition” timepiece to David Sydorick, winner of the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este jury award “Best of Show.” Sydorick’s exquisite 80 year old burgundy colored Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato was chosen as the most beautiful amongst a field of almost 60 high-end classic cars that were on exhibit at Lake Como over the weekend. The Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition,” is in white gold with a solid caseback hand-engraved with of the coat of arms of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In homage to the Venue, Como is listed as Central European time zone on the rotatable city ring.

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The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange”

Ferdinand Adolph Lange established a watch factory in Glashutte in 1845, laying the ground work for Saxon watchmaking. To celebrate 200 years since his birthdate, a limited edition of the 1815 timepiece has been produced. The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” is presented in a platinum case measuring 40 mm by 8.9 mm (not available in the 38.5 mm version), with a black solid silver dial. The lance-shaped hour and minute hands are in rhodiumed white gold. The small second hand is also in rhodiumed white gold. The out chapter ring is printed with a while minute track. The hours are marked by white, printed Arabic numerals. Inside is the caliber L051.1, a 23 jewel manually wound movement with 188 parts, 5 screwed gold chatons and a 55-hour power reserve. It features untreated German silver plates and bridges, is

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Introducing the new Lange 1

Since its original debut in 1994, the Lange 1 has been the most iconic watch from German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne. Fast forward to 2015, and the line now consists of 15 models, with complications ranging from moon phase indication to world time zone to tourbillon. Yet, with all these new designs, the first one still stands above the rest. And so, while the movement and bezel have been redesigned this year, everything has stayed the same. The biggest changes happened to the movement, in fact, the only visible modification apart from the new caliber, is a slight narrowed bezel. The signature asymmetrical dial is now a little more open. The Lange 1 comes in the same 38.5 mm by 9.8 mm case and is available in the same case/dial combinations: (Ref. 191.021) yellow gold/champagne, (Ref. 191.032) pink gold/argenté

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