In 1990, right after German reunification, the German automotive firm VDO bought the title “A. Lange & Söhne” and established a brand fresh A. Lange & Söhne, based, such as the original firm, in Glashütte. (In 2000, the Richemont Group obtained A. Lange & Söhne.) One of the new firm’s first watches, the Lange 1, established in 1994, became Lange’s signature design, exactly what the company describes as its “face.” The Lange 1, that looks exactly the same as it did 20 years back, has a distinctive, asymmetrical dial using a big-date screen and “Auf/Ab” power-reserve indicator. (Earlier this year, the company replaced that caliber with a brand new one, also hand-wound.) The big-date screen, which can be patented, works by way of a “ones” ring position the digits 0 through 9 plus a “tens” cross using the digits 1 through 3 plus a sterile area. A unique challenge for the engineers was to ensure that the calendar changed correctly at the ends of months with 31 days. For all those months, the “ones” ring must remain motionless during the night preceding the first of the new month, while the “tens” cross pivots through 90 degrees to deliver its clean section into perspective. Lange & Söhne introduced its initial self-winding watch, the Langematik, three years after it established the Lange 1. To increase the movement’s winding efficacy, the good gold rotor in the Langematik is equipped with an outer platinum section. A reverser mechanism enables the rotor to convey energy to the mainspring in the two directions of rotation. To minimize friction, Lange’s watchmakers added three micro ball bearings to the reduction gearing.
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Barnebys Favorite Watches This Month
Men’s 18K rose gold 39mm Patek Philippe 5146R Annual Calendar Watch with Swiss made automatic movement, open exhibition case back, smooth bezel, flat dial, index and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, three subdials, date display, brown alligator strap, and deployant closure.
Men’s 18K rose gold 39mm A. Lange & Söhne Datograph watch with manual movement, silver-toned dial, roman numeral hour markers, luminous hands, flyback chronograph and outsized-date complications, sapphire crystal caseback, alligator leather strap, and 18K rose gold deployant buckle closure.
Men’s stainless steel 42mm Breitling Navitimer Chronograph automatic watch with gold-tone bezel, black dial with chronograph subdials, luminous hour markers, date display at three o’clock, luminous sword hands, signed push/pull crown, brown alligator strap and signed buckle closure.
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