The highly educated and artistically gifted monarch King Johann (1801-1873) is also known as Philateles “friend of truth.” Making use of this pseudonym, he not only translated Dantes “Divine Comedy” into German, but also created a multitude of own works.
King of Saxony from 1854 on, he struggled for the creation of a united German state. He examined and renewed numerous aristocratic rules and lead Saxony’s economy as a modest and wise statesman into a blossoming period of economic development.
The model “Johann” pays homage to that profound personality. Like its name-sake, it concentrates on the essentials, portraying timeless elegance. The enamelled bipartite dial with its well proportioned roman numerals is contrasted with pear-tipped hands crafted manually.
A clear and noble character is created. The gold case offers a striking housing for the fine mechanical movement and the sapphire glass bottom unveils a fascinating view.
Inside the watch beats the CALIBER I mechanical movement developed by LANG & HEYNE. The typical three-quarter plate has been state of the art in the building of fine movements in Saxony since the end of the 19th century. The LANG & HEYNE CALIBER I is an honest tribute to that heritage emphasizing typical elements not only in function, but also of beauty.
Big shining rubies, set in gleaming gold chatons, create a balanced contrast to the silver finished plate. Even the smallest of the stones, the one that holds the lever anchor is set in gold chatons, held by deeply blued steel screws. The meticulous chamfer finishing, black polished by hand, of the anchor bridge and the balance cock as well as the slit golden screws of the balance wheel create charming reﬂections of light.
The ultimate in beauty, however, is the sparkling diamond, crowning the balance. Majestically it is placed on top of the hand engraved balance cock, harmonizing perfectly with the elegantly swung swan-neck fine adjustment.
The balance spring bent markedly upward in its last winding ensures smooth pulse of the shock-resistant gold screw balance wheel. The LANG & HEYNE CALIBER I is equipped with a second hand stop mechanism. When the crown has been pulled out, a spring gently bends itself around the balance shaft and the second hand stops, hence permitting the watch to be set accurately to the second.
A serial number is assigned to every watch marked both on the dial and on the movement. This makes every watch from Lang & Heyne to a unique specimen.
Model: LANG & HEYNE JOHANN
Manual winding movement Caliber I, 46 hours running time, second hand stop mechanism
Diameter: 16¼ lines (36.6mm)
Frequency: 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5Hz)
Jewels: 19 rubies, 1 diamond
Function: hour/minute/eccentric second at 6 o’clock, second hand stop
18 ct red or white gold
Sapphire glass on top and bottom
Water-resistant up to 3 bar
Double sunk enamel dial or solid silver dial galvanic black
Also available in a special design in cobalt blue
Crocodile leather strap, buckle from 18 ct gold