When it comes to chronographs, few brands can match the prowess of A. Lange & Söhne. I mean, who can rival an integrated triple rattrapante chronograph? It is, quite literally, one of the most complex chronograph movements available, capable of splitting hours, minutes and seconds when timing an event. The Double Split was already called the Über-Chronograph by some, and we pondered what to call the Triple Split. For 2021 the A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split receives the Midas touch with a luxurious pink gold case and a blue dial.
As we explained in detail in our review of the A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split when it was first presented, the core principle of every chronograph is based on a demand for functionality. The chronograph excelled in the field of racing, where calculating elapsed time to determine a winner was critical, but it was only useful for a single passage of time. The split-seconds (or rattrapante in French) allows for the tracking of multiple passages by adding a second hand that can be stopped via a pusher, hence the “split”, and that can catch up the main one, hence the “rattrapante”.
The Double Split, launched by A. Lange & Söhne in 2004, was capable of not only splitting the seconds but the minutes too. Expanding on the functionality of the original principles of split-seconds, it could calculate more complex passages of time. And not content with resting on its laurels, the German manufacture launched the Triple Split in 2018, which was its crowning achievement in the field of chronographs. The Triple Split, an extremely complex movement in which you can split the seconds, minutes and hours at the push of a button, was unprecedented.
While the first-ever Triple Split was launched in white gold with an understated, restrained grey dial, the new edition for 2021 adds an 18k pink gold case and a deep blue dial. The Triple Split was never a watch that would fly under the radar as the 43.2mm diameter and 15.6mm height were never destined to be subtle or discreet. The gold case adds to that grandeur as this is a pretty serious watch, both in complexity and in heft.
Technically the new A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split features the same calibre L132.1 as the original. The movement alone has 567 parts and is considered one of the most complex chronograph calibres out there. It has the same level of finishing, and like all A. Lange & Söhne watches, it has been assembled twice to check its precision and execution. Naturally, all components, from the German silver bridges to the smallest of gears, levers and springs, have been finished and decorated by hand. Bevelled bridges, polished and blued screws, hand-polished chatons, anglage on levers, crisp interior and exterior angles. With every A. Lange & Söhne, there’s no compromise when it comes to perfection.
Availability & Price
Fitted to a blue alligator leather strap, the A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split Pink Gold (ref. 424.037F) comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces, similar to the original of 2018. The price is set at EUR 159,400, including taxes.
More information at www.alange-soehne.com.