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INDUSTRY NEWS - A. Lange & Söhne Special Timepiece for its Founder

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INDUSTRY NEWS - A. Lange & Söhne Special Timepiece for its Founder

Inläggav Tony.A. » fre 08 dec 2017, 11:17


A Special Timepiece Salutes the Founder of the Lange Uhren GmbH - Piece Unique

With an extraordinary one-of-a-kind timepiece, A. Lange & Söhne pays tribute to the individual who in 1990 brought precision watchmaking back to Glashütte. The combination of a stoppable sweep seconds hand, a black enamel dial and a steel case reflects the eminent heritage of the Saxon watchmaking dynasty.

The sad news of Walter Lange's death on the morning of the second SIHH day in 2017 shocked the world of watchmaking. It spread rapidly, and nu-merous show visitors spontaneously paid their re-spects to the deceased pioneer of horology at the Lange stand. Asked at the time how he intended to salute Walter Lange, Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid replied: "The best way to honour Walter Lange is to assure the continuity and the ongoing development of the company that he founded in the way that he would have envisioned it." Now, with the 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange", A. Lange & Söhne is proving that a watch is capable of reflecting the in-tention and personality of a founder.

The 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" with a black enamel dial and a steel case will be produced only once. This makes it as unique as the man whose name it bears. The classic dial, reduced to the essence, is complemented with a technical feature that warrants a further look: the jumping seconds hand. With this combination, it quite likely lives up to Walter Lange's vision of a perfect watch.

The jumping seconds was one of his favourite complications because it embodies the puristic notion of precision watchmaking, while at the same time being a piece of family history. It does not divide the second into a number of steps depending on the balance frequency, but instead treats it as a coherent unit of time. A pusher at 2 o'clock starts and stops the sweep seconds hand. The idea dates back to an invention by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1867; in an advanced configuration developed by his son Richard, it was granted one of Germany's first patents in 1877. Lange's "one-second movement with a jumping hand" was implemented for the first time in a masterpiece built by his second son, Emil, Walter Lange's grandfather. Overall, more than 300 pocket watches with this function were crafted. Just like the 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange", they were endowed with a separate seconds subdial. Buyers included the Leipzig Observatory, Grand Duke Adolph of Luxem-bourg, Ernst Abbe, the owner of Carl Zeiss in Jena, and the eccentric English watchmaker Sir John Bennett.

As a tribute to a very unusual individual who was dedicated to craftsmanship his entire life, the one-off piece is endowed with a black enamel dial that, with the traditional railway-track minute scale and the polished hands, is inspired by the design of historic pocket watches. The newly developed movement has a special calibre designation: L1924. It refers to Walter Lange's birth year. Additionally, the first three digits of the reference number 297.078 recall his date of birth, 29 July.

Walter Lange, always noted for his philanthropy, would have approved.

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