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Published on 06-14-2010 10:00 AM

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Review of the A. Lange & Söhne Langematik-Perpetual
By: John B. Holbrook, II

A. Lange & Söhne is one of the most prestigious and sought after luxury watch brands in the world, whose roots go back to the Saxon court under Augustus the Strong. It is from these illustrious surroundings that Adolph Lange set out to the secluded Ore Mountains in 1845 to establish the Saxon precision watchmaking industry in Glashütte. He and his successors established new standards in high-end horology, and it did not take long before timekeeping instruments crafted by “A. Lange & Söhne” ranked among the world’s most coveted treasures. When Germany was reunited in 1990, Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange returned to Glashütte to restore the family watchmaking heritage — with an innovative spirit that once before had brought world fame to the town. In the years which have followed, A. Lange & Söhne have introduced some fabulous watches with incredible craftsmanship, unmistakable Saxon styling, and marvelous horological complications.


I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some truly spectacular pieces from the fine folks at A. Lange & Söhne, but the Langematik-Perpetual may well be the most interesting pieces I’ve had the opportunity to inspect. Contained within the 38.5mm 18-carat pink gold case is a solid silver dial which combines a perpetual calendar, a “big date” complication along with their patented “zero reset” mechanism that allows the calendar display as well as the moon phase indicator to be individually, or collectively, advanced with one single main pusher. Between the solid gold case lugs, the watch also features a very luxurious crocodile strap which is well padded for comfort.


The horological magic which the Langematik-Perpetual is capable of performing is made possible by the Calibre L922.1 Sax-O-Mat movement. The L922.1 is a self-winding (the micro-rotor, crafted from 21-carat gold and platinum, is bi-directional in winding efficiency) mechanical movement with 43 jewels, has a vibration speed of 21,600 VPH and no fewer than 478 individual parts. The Calibre L922.1 has a power reserve of 46 hours — impressive, given the complexity of the movement. All of its surfaces are lavishly decorated by hand, even those normally invisible to the naked eye. The edges of the movement parts are chamfered and polished. After assembly, the movement is adjusted in five positions. Thankfully, A. Lange & Söhne affixed a sapphire observation back to the Langematik¬Perpetual so that wonderful finishing and decoration which have been applied to the L922.1 can be appreciated.


Despite the complexity of the timepiece and volume of information being imparted, the dial has an extremely intelligent and legible layout. The hands and Roman numeral markers (solid gold) contrast well against the silver dial. Beginning at the 12 o’clock position, we find the perpetual “big date” display which will need no correction until February 28, 2100. Moving clockwise to the three o’clock position, we find the month of the year indicator, along with a power reserve sub dial. Located at the six o’clock position is the combination moon phase complication, and small seconds hand. The moon phase display, like the perpetual calendar mechanism, is also a model of supreme precision. Once correctly set, it will move continuously for 122.6 years before the aggregate error relative to the synodic lunar orbit amounts to one full day. Finally, at nine o’clock we find the day of the week indicator, and 24hr. second timezone sub dial.


Even among the upper echelon of haute horology manufacturers, A. Lange & Söhne is considered one of the best, and the new Langematik-Perpetual only serves to further distance them from the rest of the pack. With this showpiece of ingenious technology, Lange demonstrates that the usefulness of mechanical wristwatches can indeed evolve further even after 100 years. The retail price of the A. Lange & Söhne Langematik-Perpetual (reference 310.032) is $62,900.00.

**Photos & Text Copyright 2010 WATCH TALK FORUMS INC.. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.

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