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Monday, 3 December 2018

Top Watches From A Lange & Söhne: A New Level German Watchmaking

A Lange & Söhne has a dedicated team of ingenious designers and watchmakers who designs and crafts the watches of the new ERA and have a clear vision in mind ever since this brand was found, that is, to build the world’s best watches ever. The Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand A. Lange laid the foundation for the Saxon fine watchmaking business when he established his watch manufactory in 1845. Eager to learn from the best watchmakers of his era, Ferdinand A. 

Lange travelled through France and Switzerland in the journeyman tradition. In 1873, Ferdinand A. Lange built the A. Lange & Söhne family domain in the center of the Saxon town of Glashütte. For over half a century, it was the watchmaking dynasty’s headquarters – until World War II and expropriation interrupted the manufactory’s history.

Lange produces just a few thousand wristwatches every year, made of gold or platinum. They are powered exclusively by watch movements developed in-house, expensively decorated and assembled by hand. A Lange & Söhne have maintained their brand name for all this while and henceforth is one of the top brands worldwide. A Lange & Söhne follow the rule that Walter Lange once formulated: “There’s something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.” Thanks to this approach, A. Lange & Söhne continues its pursuit to craft exceptional mechanical masterpieces.

German based watch making company is known for very delicate modern technology, design and expensive watches, A Lange & Söhne have been famous watchmakers for nearly 200 years. Here are some famous masterpieces that A Lange & Söhne have manufactured till date:

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication:

Price: Rs.19,43,37,000 approx.

This Grand Complication features a grand and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, and a perpetual calendar with moon phase as well as a monopusher, split-seconds chronograph with 1/5 second foudroyante. Housed inside is a large gold case that measures a staggering 50mm in diameter and 20mm in thickness has no comparison when it comes to other timepieces. 876 individual components, 67 of which are precious jewels, chronograph and chiming complication, making the watch one of the most complex complications of its time.

A close examination reveals that the display features a subdial at twelve o clock which contains the months with four years’ along with the indicator for leap year. To the left is the week and to the right is the date. The moonphase is located downward at six o’clock and nestled within the flying seconds. The split seconds chronograph features a foudroyant at six o’clock and includes two hundred and forty eight components which make up approximately thirty percent of the movement. The split pusher is located at ten o’clock instead of housing within the crown. A departure from traditional Swiss watchmaking techniques, it is a trademark of A. Lange & Sohne following the Glashutte style.
This royal looking 18 karat gold-cased men’s watch is a mark of the beginning of a new era!

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 (1994):

Price: Rs.26,71,000 approx.

In the year 1994, German watch brand A. Lange & Söhne introduced its first four new models, four years after the brand launched in Glashütte in 1990, following Germany’s reunification. The goal behind creating this masterpiece was to put Germany back on the map of luxury watchmaking. The Lange 1 had the same look as A. Lange & Söhne watches had 20 years ago but with a distinctive asymmetrical dial, big-date display and “Auf/Ab” power-reserve indicator. It has the hand-wound Caliber L901.0, with two barrels, a three-day power reserve, nine screwed gold chatons, Glashütte three-quarter plate, a hand-engraved balance cock and elegant swan’s-neck fine adjustment mechanism.

A special challenge for the engineers at that time was to ensure that the calendar switched correctly at the ends of months with 31 days. A button on the case side is used for the same to correct the date display at the end of February, April, June, September and November. Featuring an off-center hour and minute dial, small seconds, a large date and a power-reserve indicator, this men’s watch is still an icon of horology and a symbol of rebirth in the world of watchmaking.

Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna (2014):

Price: Rs.1,66,99,392 approx.

An absolute beast of a watch, Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna from A. Lange & Söhne is without a doubt one of the most interestingly complicated men’s watch to come out in 2014. It uses a regulator-style dial layout with the addition of a perpetual calendar, a 14-day power reserve, a constant force escapement, and a graphic orbital moonphase complication right on the plate of the movement. The large minutes display dominates the center of the dial, with the smaller hours off to the right and the running seconds to the left. There are small windows that display the day of the week and the month in the seconds and hours rings respectively, and up at 12 o'clock you'll find Lange's signature panoramic big date.

The real stand-out features of the Terraluna are revealed when you turn the watch over. The calibre L096.1 is just incredible looking, and balances out giving you a look at the mechanics behind the complications and displaying the orbital moonphase indicator. This patent-pending display shows the relative locations of the sun, moon, and earth, including the rotation of the earth on its own axis. There are three discs in the display: the earth, the stars, and the moon.
This 45.5mm in diameter and 16.5mm thick beauty is really a beast any man would love to have in his collection, thus making it watch collector’s favorite.

 Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike:

      Price: Rs.92,55,696 approx.

The Zeitwerk decimal strike makes time audible in a new way: its striking mechanism sounds every ten minutes. The case of this timepiece, limited to an edition of 100, consists of honey gold as used exclusively by Lange. The Zeitwerk Decimal Strike, like the Striking Time, strikes "in passing," which means that if you have striking enabled it will strike automatically as the hands pass each hour or 10 minute interval.

Just like in the Zeitwerk Striking Time, the chimes of the full hours and of the intervals are dissociated. The hammer on the left strikes the low-pitched gong once every full hour. The right-hand hammer sounds a higher-pitched tone every ten minutes. This striking complication can be switched off by pressing the pusher at 4. The two hammers that are visible on the dial side are made of polished steel and, like the hammer bridge, are decorated with a tremblage engraving.

The Zeitwerk Decimal Strike men’s watch with a 42.2 mm case is limited to an edition of 100 watches only. Zeitwerk Decimal Strike is definitely a mark of achievement for its wearer.


A Lange & Söhne is now synonymous to tradition and aristocracy. They manufacture timepieces keeping in mind wrist watch lovers belonging to different economic and cultural backgrounds. A Lange & Söhne manufactures economical watches as well, but is only well known for its super expensive luxurious masterpieces which are usually for the richest of the rich. The patriarch of German watchmaking, A. Lange & Söhne produces watches whose exteriors are as finely honed as the mechanisms inside. With extreme complications and precision, A Lange & Söhne has proved its valor time and again and has given some of the most complicated timepieces to the world.

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