German high-end watchmaker unveiled a redesigned Lange 1 Time Zone this week, featuring a newly developed 3Hz manually wound caliber L141.1 manufacture movement, and a subtly modified dial. The movement is made of untreated German silver, and decorated to the highest level with hand leveling, polishing, Glashutte striping on the three-quarter bridge, spotting on the mainplate, blued screws, and hand-engraved balance and gear train bridges.
Like it’s predecessor, the watch has an asymmetric dial with two-time displays, an outsize date, a power reserve indicator, and push-button switchable city ring that allows the effortless setting of a second-time zone. An innovative summertime indication features a gold arrow that now displays a red area within the arrow if the selected city on the world time ring observes summertime, and white if standard time applies year-round. This and the new dual day/night displays in the center of each of the time displays were the impetus for redesigning the movement.
The 2020 Lange 1 Time Zone is offered in a 41.9 mm x 10.9 mm case with three iterations to choose from: white gold with black dial, yellow gold with champagne dial, and pink gold with argente dial. (Ref. 136.XXX) Retail starts at $52,900.
Earlier this month, Grand Seiko launched the Grand Seiko GMT Hi-Beat inside a 44.2 mm x 14.4 mm stainless steel case and available in two versions. Each model is equipped with a rotating steel bezel with a bi-color sapphire crystal 24-hour day/night insert. Driving the hour, minute, central second, GMT hand, and date are Grand Seiko’s automatic caliber 9S86 which beats at 5Hz and has a 55-hour power reserve. (Ref. SBGJ237) Retail is $6,800.
Yesterday, Vallee de Joux-based watchmaker Romain Gauthier presented a new version of its Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette timepiece with a lightweight 42 mm forged carbon fiber watch case. The Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette Manufacture-Only Carbonium Edition is a time-only watch equipped with an ultra-light titanium movement with bridges and a mainplate that feature intricate anglage — meaning beveling, softening, smoothing, and polishing the edges by hand — a process than can take as much as 250 hours per movement. Retail is CHF 155,000.
This week, Omega debuted the Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 29 mm with a dial made of blue Aventurine which is a form of quartz that’s translucent and has a glimmering effect from platy minerals that make up the material. While the case is stainless steel the hands, Omega logo, Constellation star, and diamond holders are in 18K white gold. Inside is an Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8700 that’s visible through the domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. (Ref. 18.104.22.168.53.001) Retail is $11,400 in stainless steel.
Yesterday, TAG Heuer debuted another version of the retro 39 mm Carrera chronograph, equipped with the company’s in-house Heuer 02 movement. Most notably, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition has a white opaline dial with blue, red, and yellow accents colors, including three blue “azurage” finished subdials. The watch beats at 4Hz and has an 80-hour power reserve. (Ref. CBK221C.FC6488) Retail is $6,750.