CHARM­ING CHIMER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

A. LANGE & SÖHNE TECH­NI­CAL PROW­ESS LEAVES NOTH­ING TO BE DE­SIRED; THE GER­MAN MAN­U­FAC­TURE HAS LONG IM­PRESSED WITH ITS AP­PROACH TO THE MOST CLAS­SI­CAL COM­PLI­CA­TIONS, NEVER SHY­ING FROM THE MOST DAUNT­ING OF CHAL­LENGES, AND ITS AT­TEN­TION TO DE­TAIL IS AR­GUABLY SEC­OND TO NONE. BUT THERE WAS A PAR­TIC­U­LAR COM­PLI­CA­TION THAT WAS MISS­ING FROM ITS IM­PRES­SIVE COL­LEC­TION: THE MINUTE RE­PEATER. THE BRAND’S WATCH­MAK­ERS TESTED THE WA­TERS OF CHIM­ING WATCHES IN RE­CENT YEARS, INI­TIALLY WITH THE ZEITWERK STRIK­ING TIME, THEN WITH THE SPEC­TAC­U­LAR GRANDE COM­PLI­CA­TION, BUT THE MINUTE RE­PEATER IN IT­SELF WAS BE­ING KEPT UN­DER WRAPS, UN­TIL NOW. WITH THE IN­TRO­DUC­TION OF THE ZEITWERK MINUTE RE­PEATER, A. LANGE & SÖHNE ONCE AGAIN SHOWS ITS INIM­ITABLE MAS­TERY OF THE FINE ART OF WATCH­MAK­ING. THE PIECE CON­TAINS THE SAME JUMP­ING DIG­I­TAL TIME DIS­PLAY AND THE CON­STANT­FORCE ES­CAPE­MENT THAT HAVE EQUIPPED THE ZEITWERK SINCE ITS IN­TRO­DUC­TION. BUT AS BE­FIT­TING THE LANGE TRA­DI­TION, THE MINUTE RE­PEATER HAS SEV­ERAL AD­DI­TIONAL LEV­ELS OF COM­PLEX­ITY, IN­CLUD­ING A DEC­I­MAL RE­PEATER, WHICH MEANS IT SOUNDS OUT PRE­CISELY THE NU­MER­ALS IN­DI­CATED ON ITS DIG­I­TAL DIS­PLAY IN­STEAD OF THE ONE, TWO OR THREE DOU­BLE STRIKES THAT USU­ALLY SOUND OUT THE QUAR­TERS. A TREMEN­DOUS ACHIEVE­MENT FROM THE LANGE WATCH­MAK­ERS, BUT WE EX­PECTED NO LESS.

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