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Revolution (Hong Kong) - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY SEAN LI

A. Lange & Söhne kicked off the fair with a spec­tac­u­lar evo­lu­tion of its Tour­bo­graph; the orig­i­nal watch was pre­sented in 2005. It was the first time that Lange com­bined the fusée-and-chain trans­mis­sion with a tour­bil­lon es­cape­ment, and it also in­cluded a rat­tra­pante chrono­graph. At the time, it was only the sec­ond time­piece to gain the “Pour le Mérite” moniker, which Lange has very spar­ingly used, high­light­ing the fusée­and-chain but also the fact that this is one of the mai­son’s ul­ti­mate watches, the most com­plex wrist­watch it had yet pro­duced. This year, it goes even fur­ther, with the fifth Pour le Mérite piece: the Tour­bo­graph Per­pet­ual. At first glance, it might look very sim­i­lar to the 2005 watch, but the devil is in the de­tails. Lange has in­cluded a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar that is very well in­te­grated and doesn’t over­power the dial even with the ad­di­tional in­di­ca­tions. Within, al­most one third of the move­ment’s 684 parts are ded­i­cated to the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar alone. It does mean that the new Tour­bo­graph is slightly larger, at 43.0mm, com­pared with its pre­de­ces­sor’s 41.2mm case, but it’s un­likely to de­ter the se­ri­ous Lange col­lec­tor from adding it to his or her ar­se­nal.

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