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YPCAI: A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time Watch

by Michael Weare
19 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time Watch

Another wonderful watch in our series You Probably Can’t Afford It. At just over US$100,000, the exquisite A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time Watch is something of a bargain. Even though the closest most of us will ever get to it is the downloadable chiming screen saver available on the A. Lange & Söhne website.

You can rest assured that every last tiny screw in this beautiful timepiece has been painstakingly, flawlessly considered and assembled. The watch features an imposing 44mm 18kt white gold case with a see-through sapphire crystal caseback.

The striking mechanism creates an automatic chime on the hour and at each quarter hour mark. This chiming sound announces the quarter-hours with a clear high-pitched tone and the full hour with lower-pitched tones. The low pitched tone is the melody of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5.

A mechanical/digital marvel

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk

What is particularly eye-catching about this timepiece is the large black dial with silver hands, and the extra large hour and minutes mechanical/digital, old/new  time windows at 9 and 3 o’clock. In fact, mechanical/digital watches started with Lange when its brilliant founder, Ferdinand Adolphe Lange, crafted the similar “5 Minute Clock” for a German Opera House in 1841.

The highly legible numbers work on a jumping numerals mechanism, with constant-force escapement – also known as a remontoire – for switching step generation and controlled torque delivery. The mechanics behind it are a complex disc system displaying the hours and minutes that “jump” with German precision into position, always displaying the time clearly and correctly.

The large power reserve indicator is at 12 o’clock, with a not so small, small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The Zeitwerk comes in three shades of gold and also in platinum.

The watch runs on calibre L043.1 manual-winding mechanical movement with a 36 hour power reserve. Like all A. Lange & Söhne watches, the Zeitwerk is designed to last for generations, so that it can be handed down as an heirloom. And you simply can’t put a value on that.

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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