Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2017-09-26

Since 2011, German watch brand A. Lange & Sohne has been introducing an exclusive series of watches with artistic dials and top-notch craftsmanship in a collection it calls the "Handwerkskunst." This year, the newest 2017 Handwerkskunst is a delight both inside and outside. With a celestial theme, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst watch features a dial of blue enamel and white gold stars created in relief engraving.

The watch offers rattrapante or flyback chronograph functions for timing multiple events. It also boasts perpetual calendar functions, including day, date (no matter the length of the month), month, leap year indication and moon phase indication — accurate for 122.6 years.

The moon-and-stars theme from the dial carries over to the half-hunter case back, where an image of the Goddess Luna is engraved on a white gold medallion surrounded by blue enamel. Open the hunter case back and, via a sapphire crystal, one can view the meticulously finished movement, which has starry night motif.

The watch is powered by the 631-part movement, manufacture caliber L101.1 with 42 hours of power reserve. The 41.9mm white gold 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is created in a limited edition of just 20 pieces. We have an incredible selection of A. Lange & Sohne watches and invite you in any time to take a look at fine German watchmaking.

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Those who know A. Lange & Sohne are aware that this German brand got to spread its wings again after the reunification of East and West Germany. It was in 1994 that the brand released its first Lange 1 watch to the world — a watch that has become an icon ever since. Thus it comes as no surprise that it is the Lange 1 — in a variety of different formats — that kicks off the brand’s 20th anniversary.

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The one we particularly appreciate is the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst in platinum. The superb watch features a one-minute tourbillon escapement nestled into a black enamel dial, and a patented stop-seconds mechanism —all wrapped up in a 38.5mm platinum case. The  mirror-polished hour markers against the black dial make for a classically elegant appeal and complement the superbly polished tourbillon cock.

The subseconds dial — made of black solid German silver — is slightly recessed into the main dial. The craftsmanship and finishings of the caliber L961.3 manufacture-made movement are visible via a sapphire case back that lets one admire the solarized three-quarter German silver plate and the decorated mainspring barrel. The tourbillon bridges and intermediate wheel cocks are elaborately engraved in a motif that clearly belongs to A. Lange & Sohne.

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Just 20 of this piece will ever be made. While we may not have this one in the store when you stop in, we do have an incredible selection of A. Lange & Sohne complex timepieces. So if you're looking for the right watch, stop in and see us.

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Earlier this year, A. Lange & Sohne – top German watchmakers – released its incredible Grand Lange 1 Moonphase watch that accurately tracks the lunar cycles for 122.6 years. This is longer than a lifespan, meaning the simple adjustment of the moonphase in 122.6 years will likely be up to your great-grandchildren to handle.

Making the watch even more remarkable is that the moonphase indication and the nocturnal sky — prominently displayed on the left side of the dial — are incredible attractive thanks to a patented coating process for the solid gold lunar disc. A laser is used to cut out more than 300 stars of different sizes with extremely sharp contours, producing a miniaturized image of the galaxy.

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In the past, A. Lange & Sohne has created a dozen different moonphase displays, but this one is visually and technically advanced.  The display, connected with the hour-wheel, is constantly in motion, though the movement is barely visible to the eye. The display indicates the time that elapses from new moon to new moon with an accuracy of 99.9978%.

The watch houses the Lange manufacture caliber L095.3, with 72 hours of power reserve, a balance spring developed and manufactured in-house, a three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, and Lange’s renowned hand finishing. There is a lot more complexity to this watch than meets the eye — but then that is a hallmark of A. Lange & Sohne.

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Stop in to see not just this A. Lange & Sohne watch, but also many others that will definitely wow you with their technical prowess and elegant appeal.