2011 Top Ten Watches in the World Preview - A. Lange & Söhne

by 20 December 2010

No doubt one of the top 10 watches in the world, A. Lange & Söhne's Lange Zeitwerk won the Best Watch of the Year in 2010. It was the first mechanical watch to offer a jumping numerals display. After the Lange Zeitwerk's launch at SIHH 2010, the German brand's watchmaking masters came up with the "Luminous" reference, in which the numerals shine in the dark.

If this doesn't change the preconceived notion that A. Lange & Söhne is just a classic watch brand, then the brand new Richard Lange Tourbillon "Pour le Merité" will definitely convince you of the German maison's creativity. In the continuous effort to improve stability and precision, A. Lange & Söhne has come up with its fourth "Pour le Merité" timepiece.

At first glance, the revolutionary dial stands out with its three overlapping hour, minute and seconds display. The large minute circle dominates the smaller subdials showing the seconds and hours. For this design, A. Lange & Söhne drew inspirations from Johann Heinrich Seyffer's work. He was a master watchmaker who produced watches for a very selected group of royal court members and scientists. The chronometer he made in 1807 featured three intersecting circles for the time displays, and it was accurate from one second in 24 hours when perfectly stable, up to only four or five seconds a day.

The Richard Lange "Pour le Merité" watch carries on Seffert's quest for precision. Its seconds subdial's round cut-out reveals a beautiful tourbillon, which can simply be halted by pulling on the crown. This lets you set the watch to one-second accuracy. And thanks to the perfected fusée-and-chain transmission, the watch provides a constant power reserve of 36 hours.

With such an eye-catching dial, this watch bears the attribute “Pour le Mérite”, a distinction that has been conferred on a Lange watch only three times since 1994.

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