A. Lange & Söhne have launched three stunning timepieces which include fantastic pink and white gold LANGE 1 Perpetual Calendar models, some beautiful Little Lange 1 Moon Phase models and a Triple Split, offering a new look for a unique chronograph.
LANGE 1 PERPETUAL CALENDAR
The new LANGE 1 PERPETUAL CALENDAR is totally focused on the eponymous complication. Its integration into the prominent dial layout of the LANGE 1 was made possible thanks to a peripheral month ring created especially for this design. The new timepiece comes in pink gold with a grey-silver dial or – in a limited edition of 150 watches – in white gold with a solid pink-gold dial. The moon-phase display with an integrated day/night indicator is a further special feature.
Many of Lange’s quality hallmarks can be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback: the plates and bridges made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing, five gold chatons secured with thermally blued steel screws, and the hand-engraved balance cock with the superposed whiplash spring used for beat adjustments. As always, the parts of the movement, which is assembled twice, are manually finished to the strictest Lange standards. The materials, the architecture, and the artisanal finissage confirm that in terms of unique design and mechanical perfection, this watch is perpetual in every respect.
LANGE 1 PERPETUAL CALENDAR Details:
Moon-phase display with an integrated day/night indicator
PINK GOLD: 41.9mm 18-carat pink gold case with a grey-silver dial on a red/brown leather strap, £87,900
WHITE GOLD: (Ltd Ed) 41.9mm 18-carat white gold case, with solid pink-gold dial on a dark brown leather strap, 150-pieces, £97,600
LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE
Thousands of tiny stars seem to sparkle on the dark-blue dial of the LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE in its white-gold case. It is coated with dark-blue gold flux that shimmers with a copper hue. A white-gold moon accurately orbits along its course beneath the iconic Lange outsize date. In a second version, a bezel set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds creates a radiant frame for the fascinating dial.
The elegant combination of aesthetic appeal and precision in a watch is demonstrated by the LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE with a moon-phase display calculated to remain accurate for 122.6 years. Only after this short eternity, the deviation from the synodic lunar cycle would add up to one day, provided the watch runs without interruption for that duration. More realistically, a correction might be necessary occasionally if the watch remains unwound for an extended period of time. The corrector between 7 and 8 o’clock allows the display to be updated quickly and easily, however. A corrector that is also recessed in the case between 10 and 11 o’clock advances the outsize date day by day.
The typical manifestations of Lange watchmaking artistry, such as the three-quarter plate in German silver decorated with Glashütte ribbing, the hand-engraved balance cock, and the gold chatons secured with cornflower-blue steel screws can be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
LITTLE LANGE 1 MOON PHASE Details:
WHITE GOLD – 36.8mm 18-carat white gold case, solid silver dial coated with dark blue gold flux that shimmers with a copper hue on a dark blue leather strap, £38,400
DIAMOND– 36.8mm 18-carat white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, solid silver dial coated with dark blue gold flux that shimmers with a copper hue on a dark blue leather strap, £48,200
Introduced in 2018, the TRIPLE SPLIT is the world’s only mechanical split-seconds chrono-graph that allows the measurement of intermediate and reference times for durations of up to twelve hours. The former edition in white gold with a grey dial is now followed by a second ver-sion – also in a limited edition of 100 timepieces – in pink gold with a blue dial and rhodié-coloured subsidiary dials. Despite the wealth of displayed information, an ingenious material and colour concept make it easy to clearly assign each of the ten hands to a specific function.
In the starting position, the three rhodiumed rattrapante hands are superposed on the respec-tive chronograph hands. The time measurement is started by pressing the chronograph pusher at 2 o’clock. The pairs of hands now run synchronously until they are separated by pressing the rattrapante pusher at 10 o’clock to perform a lap-time measurement. The three rhodiumed hands will then stop to display the lap time. All the while, the previously concealed chronograph hands in gold-plated steel or pink gold continue the time measurement. As soon as the rat-trapante pusher is pressed again, the rattrapante hands catch up with the chronograph hands and from then on run together with them again.
The Lange calibre L132.1 is a movement that stands out with its three-dimensionality, complexity, and architecturally pleasing design. It highlights the finissage that is typical of the individual Lange components. Overall, 567 tiny parts are perfectly adjusted for flawless interaction. This complexity is not a show, it is mechanically necessary to enable this unique TRIPLE SPLIT function.
TRIPLE SPLIT Details:
43.2mm 18-carat pink gold case, solid silver dial, dark blue leather strap, £152,100
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