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SIHH 2016: A.Lange & Sohne Showcase The Finest German Watchmaking

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1 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
2 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
3 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
4 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
5 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 'Lumen'
6 of 6|A.Lange & Sohne|Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase 'Lumen'

It wasn’t all about the Swiss watchmakers at this year’s SIHH. The Germans brought out some of their most outstanding designs this year and one major player was A.Lange & Sohne.

The four watch picks from the show that we have here are fine examples of German watchmaking and aesthetics at its best. From the Tourbillon to a gorgeous moon phase piece, there was a bit of everything for the horology lover at this camp. Most importantly though, the classic watchmaking heritage remains.

Let’s take a closer look at each piece.


Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon

Showcasing its engineering prowess for 2016 is A.Lange & Sohne’s beautifully crafted perpetual tourbillon. This one’s a particular standout piece as it combines three significant complications: a flyback chronograph with jumping minute counter; a perpetual calendar with jumping displays and a tourbillon with an in-house stop-seconds mechanism.

Visually, the watch goes for the classic and elegant look which perfectly accentuates the rhodium gold and steel hands with a luminous finish. The 41.5mm case comes in platinum and within that you’ll find a manually wound calibre, or better known as the Lange tourbillon with a power reserve of 50 hours.

On the face of the watch you’ll find no less than five functions which include the date, day of the week, month, leap year, day/night indicator a moon phase display and a power reserve indicator in the dial ring.

This fine watch comes as a limited run item of just 100 and retails for US$321,000.

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

One of the newest pieces in the A.Lange family also features one of the cleanest designs. A lot of this can be attributed to the fact that it draws inspiration from the very first scientific observation watch. As a wearer you’ll be graced with a minimalist design and superb legibility. A key factor that grabbed our attention at the exhibition.

A platinum 40mm case houses the calibre L094.1 manually wound movement which comes equipped with a 42 hour power reserve. On the function side you’ll find a regulator dial with a large jumping seconds, subsidiary hours and subsidiary minutes.

The face is made of solid silver and the hands are rhodium gold and blue-tinged steel. A flawless combination and balance in our opinion.

The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds will be limited to 1,000 pieces with a price tag of US$85,000.


Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’

The final piece in our most desirable list from the A.Lange & Sohne SIHH showing takes grand design in low light to the next level. The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ is, as its name suggests, the first Lange timepiece to feature a luminous moon phase display.

The luminous compound added to the lunar disc allows the moon and stars to glow in all its glory when the sun begins to set. We guarantee you’ll be staring at it for hours on hand if it finds its way onto your wrist.

The case like the other models is made of platinum and sits at 41mm. Within that resides a lavishly finished and manually wounded L095.4 calibre movement with a 72 hour power reserve.

The functions of the piece include an off-centre time dial, a subsidiary seconds dial with stop seconds, a date window, a power reserve indicator and of course, the brilliant moon phase display.

A piece this beautiful doesn’t come often. Only 200 watches will be made with a price tag of US$75,000.

Luc Wiesman is covering SIHH as a guest of Richemont Australia


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