A Lange & Söhne is a centuries-old watchmaker known for its sophisticated, prestige timepieces and a customer base to match. Brad Pitt and Bill Clinton are fans, but so were German Emperor Wilhelm II and Alexander II of Russia. The company was established in 1868 by mechanical genius and social entrepreneur Ferdinand Adolf Lange with the aim of creating jobs in the town of Glashütte. Following the reunification of Germany, it was revived in 1990 by Adolf’s great great-grandson Walter Lange for very similar reasons.
Lange was an innovator, contributing significantly to the craft of watchmaking by inventing precision tools, measuring instruments and manufacturing methods. His meticulously designed, fastidiously made pocket watches soon found global acclaim. Today the company that bears his name retains that spirt. Its products are simultaneously rooted in tradition while pushing at the boundaries of engineering. They are frequently limited in production, with a well-heeled customer base far outstripping supply.
im电竞官网-A good example of of this is the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater. Borrowing technology from an extremely complex £2.1 million watch launched by the company two years earlier, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater was released to great acclaim in 2015. Available only in platinum it retailed for around £390,000. A hefty price tag – but then it was an unusual watch. Minute repeaters (where the watch chimes the hour, quarter-hours and minutes) are rare enough. Decimal minute repeaters (where the watch chimes hours, 10 minutes and minutes) are even rarer. It was also the world’s first wristwatch with a three-disc jumping numerals mechanism – a new approach to a ‘digital’ watch.
This one wasn’t limited in number. It didn’t need to be. The assembly alone required several months.
Now A Lange & Söhne has announced a new edition of the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater. The white gold version comes with a new deep-blue dial and in a limited 30-watch edition. A true one-off (okay, 30-off), it’s the first mechanical watch where you can read and hear the time simultaneously. At 7.52, for instance, the gong hammer on the left strikes the low-pitched gong seven times, once for every elapsed hour. That’s followed by five double tones struck for the for the elapsed ten-minute intervals, followed by the right-hand hammer with two high strikes, one for each lapsed minute.
A Lange & Söhne would probably be the first to admit this is more of a ‘spectacle’ piece designed to show off their watchmaking know-how than it an ‘everyday’ high-end luxury model. Either way, it’s a very cool watch.
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