A Lange & Sohne’s trib­ute piece to Wal­ter Lange breaks new ground.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Time - By KEN­NETH TAN

Last year, when news fil­tered through the halls of Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie of Wal­ter Lange’s pass­ing, a sud­den, cer­tain sad­ness set in. Wal­ter, the fourth-gen­er­a­tion heir of the sto­ried A Lange & Sohne watch­maker, had re­turned to Dres­den in 1990 fol­low­ing the fall of the Ber­lin Wall and re­claimed his her­itage by restor­ing the watch­mak­ing man­u­fac­tory that bore his fam­ily name.

In re­mem­brance of his her­culean ef­fort, the Lange man­u­fac­ture has crafted a unique 1815 col­lec­tion. This year’s 1815 Homage to Wal­ter Lange is con­ceived with a stop­pable jump­ing sec­onds hand, a com­pli­ca­tion that traces its ori­gins to a 150-year- old in­ven­tion by founder Fer­di­nand Adolph Lange. The de­lib­er­ate choice of this com­pli­ca­tion is fac­tored around Wal­ter’s pen­chant for un­fussy, puris­tic time­pieces; one he would have deemed per­fect for its abil­ity to fo­cus on the essence of time­keep­ing while of­fer­ing the ex­cite­ment of a novel com­pli­ca­tion.

A cur­sory glance at the dial will re­veal the de­light­ful chrono­met­ric achieve­ment of the time­piece’s move­ment, with the blued sweep sec­onds hand ‘ jump­ing’ from sec­ond to sec­ond – as op­posed to creep­ing across the dial as most me­chan­i­cal time­pieces do. A pusher at two o’clock starts and stops this sweep sec­onds hand. The ge­nius be­hind this in­no­va­tion is a flirt-and-star prin­ci­ple, in which a ten­sioned lever arm is lib­er­ated each full sec­ond by a star-shaped com­po­nent, ad­vanc­ing the sec­onds hand by one marker. This trib­ute time­piece is avail­able in a case size of 40.5mm and is made avail­able in three ma­te­rial choices; 145 pieces in white gold, 90 in pink gold and 27 in yel­low gold, with each lim­ited edi­tion cor­re­spond­ing to a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the brand’s his­tory.

A black- enam­elled dial, stain­less steel unique piece of this 1815 Homage to Wal­ter Lange will be auc­tioned on the sec­ond week­end of May by Phillips Geneva, con­ducted by watch auc­tion­eer supremo Aurel Bacs. Pro­ceeds will be chan­nelled to the Chil­dren Ac­tion Foun­da­tion. ≠

This year’s 1815 Homage to Wal­ter Lange is con­ceived with a stop­pable jump­ing sec­onds hand.

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