Three high-pitched chimes and one lower-pitched tone are the sounds with which the LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME announces each passing quarter and full hour. The first A. Lange & Söhne wristwatch with a chiming mechanism is now available in pink gold as well.
A. Lange & Söhne explored new avenues when it presented the LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME its first chiming wristwatch, three years ago. Now, the resonant masterpiece with precisely jumping numerals is also available in pink gold with an argenté-coloured dial and pink-gold hands.
In the LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, key chiming mechanism components are visibly integrated into the dial design. The black-polished steel hammers can be seen on either side of the subsidiary seconds dial: one on the right for the quarter hours and one on the left for the full hours. The two gongs, embedded in a recess between the dial and bezel, are also readily recognisable.
Every 15 minutes, the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the two gongs. Three higher-pitched tones sound each quarter hour, while a low-pitched tone chimes the top of the hour. The chiming mechanism can be deactivated to prevent any disturbance during the night or at a meeting. A push piece at 4 o’clock raises the hammers and silences the watch. This process can be observed through the sapphire-crystal glass, so it is always apparent whether the mechanism is switched on or off.
With its precisely jumping numerals display, the new member of the LANGE ZEITWERK family also represents lucid design and crisp legibility. The large numerals of the adjacent hour and minute indications enable the current time to be read clearly. In fractions of a second, the patented constant-force escapement advances the numerals minute by minute until the full hour when all three numeral discs jump forward simultaneously by exactly one increment.
The LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME enriches the exciting interplay of numbers with a unique tone in a quarter-hour cadence for the wearer’s listening pleasure.
The heart of the LANGE ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, the L043.2 manufacture calibre, fulfils all those expectations that watch connoisseurs legitimately associate with the name A. Lange & Söhne: its assets include the lavish decoration of all movement parts by hand as well as the balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and a proprietary Lange balance spring.
Model: A. Lange & Söhne Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time in Pink Gold, Ref. 145.032
Lange manufacture calibre L043.2, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand; jumping minutes; constant-force escapement
Movement parts: 528
Screwed gold chatons: 2
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant glucydur balance with eccentric poising weights; superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house with patented attachment (balance spring clamp), frequency 18,000 semi oscillations per hour, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 36 hours when fully wound
Time display with hours and minutes as jumping numerals, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, power-reserve indicator, acoustic signal for quarter hours and full hours
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; push piece for activating and deactivating the acoustic signal
Diameter: 36.0 millimetres; height: 10.0 millimetres
Case in Pink gold
Case dimensions: Diameter: 44.2 millimetres; height: 13.1 millimetres
Crystal and back: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Solid silver, argenté
Time Bridge: Untreated German silver
Hands: Pink gold
Hand-stitched crocodile strap, red-brown
Buckle: Lange prong buckle in solid pink gold
Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH