Glashutte-based A. Lange & Sohne’s offer for 2016 offered attractive design, strong value (despite the high-end price points) and innovative watchmaking that combined to make its presentation one of the highlights of this year’s SIHH.
One of the most expensive pieces on offer was the Datograph Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon, constructed using 729 components with bridges of untreated German silver and a platinum case. The watch boasts a stop-seconds tourbillon, flyback chronograph with jumping minute counter, perpetual calendar, day/night indication, moonphase and power reserve and is priced at €295,000.
At a far more reasonable €31,700, the Lange 1 white gold offers the same level of finishing with hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve and instantaneous jump grande date.
But the most innovative watch on show from Lange was the €78,000 Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, a platinum watch with regulator dial and oversized jumping (dead beat) seconds. The movement includes a constant force remontoir system ensuring uniform power delivery and preventing any torque fluctuation during the seconds jump.
The watch is also equipped with a zero-reset function for accurate synchronisation and a low power alert with a red warning triangle appearing on the dial when 10 hours of power remain in the mainspring.