SHOW STOP­PERS

Now into its third year, the an­nual Watches & Won­ders fair in Hong Kong did not dis­ap­point with its new horo­log­i­cal of­fer­ings, writes Ly­di­anne Yap

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A. Lange & söhne 1815 “200th an­niver­sary F A Lange”

First launched in 2013 as Asia’s an­swer to the an­nual Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie (SIHH) that has taken place in Geneva since 1991, Watches & Won­ders re­turned to Hong Kong for its third edi­tion in Septem­ber 2015. Or­gan­ised by the Fon­da­tion de la Haute Hor­logerie (FHH), the four-day ex­po­si­tion saw guests from across the re­gion flock­ing to the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (HKCEC) for the much-an­tic­i­pated show­case of watch­mak­ing savoir-faire.

As per pre­vi­ous years, the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fered watch­mak­ing work­shops that gave vis­i­tors first- hand ex­pe­ri­ence in as­sem­bling watch move­ments; in-depth lec­tures about in­dus­try trends; and a cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tion. This is, of course, on top of the fair’s main high­light: The de­but of new time­piece cre­ations by the 12 par­tic­i­pat­ing fine watch­mak­ing Maisons. From pocket watch minute re­peaters and erotic com­pli­ca­tions, to highly artis­tic (and not to men­tion re­al­is­tic) dec­o­rated di­als, this in­stal­ment of Watches & Won­ders def­i­nitely yielded some im­pres­sive pieces. And af­ter last year’s less than smooth-sail­ing edi­tion (in light of Hong Kong’s un­for­tu­nate state of po­lit­i­cal un­rest dur­ing the show pe­riod), it ap­pears that third time’s truly a charm. To cel­e­brate the 200th birth­day of its founder Fer­di­nand Adolph Lange, A. Lange & Söhne re­leased a lim­ited edi­tion ver­sion of its 1815 time­piece ear­lier this year in plat­inum (pre­vi­ously only pro­duced in pink, yel­low and white gold), with a black dial. Now, the Saxon man­u­fac­ture is of­fer­ing yet an­other vari­ant for this 200-units-only com­mem­o­ra­tive watch, with a honey gold case and solid sil­ver ar­genté-grainé dial. Like pre­vi­ous pieces within the 1815 col­lec­tion, it runs on the L051.1 cal­i­bre (left), which pro­vides a power re­serve of about 55 hours and a small sec­onds dis­play at six o’clock.

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