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The new Zeitwerk watch from A. Lange & Sohne is a beautiful combination of the brands traditional style and technical accomplishment that the brand is known for and a new and interesting take on time display. The extremely high quality mechanical watch is unique for the brand, straying from the traditional hour and minute display of most luxury watches and echoing the more modern digital world of timekeeping. When the creators at Lange began contemplating such a task the question they asked themselves was “Can the principles of a mechanical watch and a modern time indication format be persuasively combined?” With an answer heard around the world Lange introduces Zeitwerk, the first mechanical wristwatch with a jumping numeral display.

The A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk features a brand new in-house movement L043.1 caliber with a manual wind and a constant force escapement complication. The movement is made up of 388 parts including 66 jewels. This watch is an impressive movement with not one but two jumping complications, one for the hours and one for the minutes. A constant force escapement is situated with the balance wheel to ensure that the same amount of force is released all the time to produce excellent rate results. The oscillation system has a shock-resistant glucydur balance with eccentric poising weights; superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house with patent-pending attachment system (balance spring clamp), frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring.

The Zeitwerk has a large case which is just under 42 mm wide case but remains only 12.6 mm thick. It is available in four different metals - 18 carat white, yellow, and rose gold as well as platinum. The reason I most admire this watch is the unique dial layout and functionality. Imitating a digital watch with its display of the instantly changing jumping hours and minutes. But keeping the watch from a completely modern style is the small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and the power reserve indicator at the top of the dial. The hands are constructed from rhodiumed gold. The watch is completed by the hand-stitched crocodile strap with a Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum.

I am interested in buying such a watch!
Rgds, Dirk


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