A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Watch
Budget considerations notwithstanding, probably my favorite newfor-SIHH-2016 watch from the talented people in Glashutte, Germany, is the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar in 18k white gold. It follows in the footsteps of the original 18k rose gold and limited edition platinum versions of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar from 2012 (hands-on here). Another ”hidden tourbillon” watch also new for 2016 is A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon. The concept here is about having a tourbillon-style regulation system, but not one that is exposed on the dial as is typically the case with tourbillon-containing timepieces. Rather, the tourbillon is located in the movement and only viewable through the sapphire crystal caseback on the rear of the watch. Over the last few years, many people on the aBlogtoWatch team have sort of ”gotten over” the tourbillon as a reason to get excited about a watch. We’ve just seen so many of them that their importance has waned given their relative lack of utility or our observations of any real innovation. With that said, the complication is technically fascinating, and if we had to have one... well, then a tourbillon produced by A. Lange & Söhne would easily be among the few we would eagerly choose. So, in a timepiece such as this, the placement of a tourbillon in a manner that does not require you to view it all the time, but merely at your desire if you want to remove the watch from your wrist is a concept that really appeals to us.