A. Lange & Söhne unveils a tourbillon in a 38.5-millimetre platinum case named Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst to celebrate the first 20 years of its icon LANGE 1.

A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST Ref. 704.048F

It is a one-minute tourbillon with stop seconds, with a black enamelled dial and artisanal finishes in an edition limited to 20 watches. Click on “read more” to discover the stunning timepiece…

This new A. Lange & Söhne collectors’ watch is unveiled within the scope of an international press conference in Dresden now 24 October 2014 as this article goes online exactly at 19:30 CET and you are probably reading it. The presentation of the first Lange new-era collection took place exactly 20 years ago on the same date here in Dresden.

To celebrate the 20th birthday of the Lange 1 today A. Lange & Söhne is introducing a special 20-watch edition of the Lange 1 Tourbillon with the epithet “Handwerkskunst” (= craftsmanship).

Its extraordinary hallmarks include exquisite manifestations of craftsmanship in probably unprecedented combinations. The black enamelled main dial sets the perfect stage for the mirror-polished hour markers as well as the matching hands in rhodiumed gold.

 

A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST Ref. 704.048F
A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST Ref. 704.048F

 

The tourbillon cock, finished with the challenging specular polishing technique, is one of the key style elements of this watch. The black solid-silver subsidiary dial for the seconds is slightly recessed into the main dial. The contour of the aperture for the tourbillon has meticulously polished chamfers. The numerals of the Lange outsize date are grey on a black background.

The extravagant decorations of the calibre L961.3 manufacture movement deserve the attribute “Handwerkskunst” in every respect. The solarised three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver has generous cut-outs that reveal the identically decorated twin mainspring barrel. The tourbillon-bridge, crown-wheel and intermediate-wheel cocks are elaborately engraved with a technique that sculpts the motifs out of the material. Seven screwed gold chatons as well as two diamond endstone bearings for the tourbillon constitute the finishing touches.

 

A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST Ref. 704.048F
A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST Ref. 704.048F

 

The diamonds are traditional hallmarks that Ferdinand Adolph Lange once introduced to highlight the premium quality of his pocket watches. A stately platinum case with a diameter of 38.5 millimetres protects the artisan-crafted calibre.

A tourbillon with stop seconds…

In 2008, more than 200 years after the tourbillon was invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet, A. Lange & Söhne’s product developers succeeded for the first time in reliably immobilising the balance wheel inside the rotating tourbillon cage. Finally, timepieces with tourbillons could be stopped and set with one-second accuracy. The patented stop-seconds mechanism is also integrated in the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst.

 

>>> On page 2 you find all the technical data and the the price of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst >>>

 

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2 Comments

  • A. Lange & Sohne doing what they do best making very expensive time pieces. I wonder how accurately any tourbillon keeps time.
    If I were to buy an A. Lange & Sohne watch it would be an older Lange 1.

  • I do not think I can buy any A. Lange & Söhne watches ever, as these watches are beyond my means.

    Nevertheless, I must admit that A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are truly outstanding!

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