A. Lange & Söhne is a brand we hold in high regard, for being able to perfectly blend formidable watchmaking capabilities with artistic craftsmanship. Whether we’re talking about something extremely complex as the Tourbograph, or perhaps a more classical 1815, the attention to detail is on par across all collections. During the past year, A. Lange & Söhne has presented several extremely impressive and technical novelties, of which we’ve selected the best four. Here are the best watches introduced by A. Lange & Söhne in 2021.
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskunst
This recap of A. Lange & Söhne’s best watches of last year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the return of the Cabaret. Long desired by collector’s and enthusiasts worldwide, A. Lange & Söhne finally presented a new take the rectangular watch first introduced in 1997. The newly presented Cabaret Tourbillon Handswerkskunst comes in platinum and follows a similar architecture as the original. The matte grey dial is exquisitely finished with a hand-engraved Lozenge pattern, and coated with a semi-transparent layer of enamel. The aperture for the tourbillon escapement is flanked by the power reserve and small seconds subdials. Turning the watch over reveals more of the Lozenge pattern seen on the dial, and a finely granulated large German Silver bridge. As you can expect, all 370 components are impeccably finished by hand.
Quick Facts – 29.5mm x 39.2mm – curved rectangular platinum case, satin-brushed and polished – curved sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback – 18k white gold dial in matte grey – hand-engraved Lozenge pattern in central cartouche – tremblage finishing on various elements – semi-transparent enamelling – rhodium-plated white gold hands and indices – Calibre L042.1, in-house – hand-wound – 370 components incl. 45 jewels – one-minute tourbillon with stop-seconds – 21,600vph – 120h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve, tourbillon with stop-seconds, outsize date – Limited Edition of 30 pieces – EUR 315,200
A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split Pink Gold and Blue Dial
The Triple Split by A. Lange & Söhne is the undisputed king of chronograph watches. The unrivalled complexity paired with the incredible attention to detail is just astonishing. Capable of splitting time threefold, for the chronograph seconds, minutes and hours, the Triple Split was first introduced in 2018. In 2021 we saw the addition of this pink gold and blue dial model. The integrated triple rattrapante chronograph movement, with flyback functionality, is assembled and tested twice. All 567 components are finished to perfection and together form a micro-city of a movement, full of depth and detail. For sure it is an impressive watch, not only technically and aesthetically but also size-wise. Measuring 43.2mm across and 15.6mm in height it is a powerhouse of a watch through and through.
Quick Facts – 43.2mm x 15.6mm – 18k pink gold case, satin-brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on both sides – solid silver dial finished in blue – contrasting sub-dials – applied and polished indices in gold – pink gold hours, minutes and small seconds hands – rhodium-plated and pink-gold hands for the chronograph displays – Calibre L132.1, in-house – manual winding – 567 components – 46 jewels – 21,600vph – 55h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – triple rattrapante chronograph with flyback function – power reserve indication – blue alligator leather strap with pink gold buckle – limited edition of 100 pieces – EUR 159,400
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Honeygold Lumen
One of our favourite watches from A. Lange & Söhne from 2021 is one we haven’t seen in the metal, or rather Honeygold, yet. However, considering it is an adaptation of an existing model we hold dear to our hearts, it’s a no-brainer for us to include it anyway. Being part of the “Lumen” lineage for the brand, the Zeitwerk Honeygold Lumen features a partially tinted sapphire crystal dial. This reveals part of the mechanics underneath but also allows the luminous numerals on the discs to shine through. However, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Honeygold Lumen not only comes with a new Honeygold exterior but also has an upgraded movement. One of the drawbacks, if you can call it a drawback at all, of the original Zeitwerk, was its relatively short power reserve. Its new movement is derived from the Zeitwerk Date, introduced in 2019, and has two stacked barrels doubling the power reserve to 72 hours.
Quick Facts – 41.9mm x x12.6mm – 19k Honeygold case, polished and brushed – sapphire crystal on both sides – pusher for rapid correction of the hour indication – sapphire crystal dial, coated – time-bridge in German silver, black rhodium-plated – 18k Honeygold hands – luminous jumping hours and minutes discs – Calibre L043.9, in-house – hand-wound – 462 components – 61 jewels – 18,000vph – cam-poised balance – lever escapement with spring developed in-house – one-minute remontoire for constant force and minute jump – hours and minutes with jumping numerals, small seconds with stop-seconds, power reserve indicator – limited to 200 pieces, A. Lange & Söhne boutique exclusive – EUR 114,000
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition
One of the most important, if not the most important collections for A. Lange & Söhne is the Lange 1. Part of the inaugural quartet presented upon the brand’s resurrection in 1994, the Lange 1 features a then-radical display with none of the indications overlapping with one another. Over the years we’ve seen the collection being expanded with more complex displays and movements. The Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar presented last year is the first to host a full calendar movement without a tourbillon escapement. Despite this, it is hardly a simple watch and remains faithful to what a Lange 1 should be. The calendar indications are spread out across the entire dial without crossing hands or doubling displays (the small seconds with moon phase and day/night indicator being the exception). It also came with a surprising, and in all honesty, brilliant looking “salmon” toned pink gold dial, which only adds to the desirability.
Quick Facts – 41.9mm x 12.1mm – 18k white gold case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on front and back – solid 18k pink gold dial, matte finish – rhodium-plated white gold hands and indices – Calibre L021.3, in-house – automatic winding – in-house made balance spring – 621 components – 63 jewels – 21,600vph – 50h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, jumping outsize date, day of the week, month and leap year, moon phase display with day/night indicator – limited to 150 pieces – EUR 109,000
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