First unveiled just over three years ago, the gorgeous Zeitwerk from the German watchmaking Juggernaut has already survived a number of limited editions. Now, the brand reintroduces the timekeeper as A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst model adding to the mix a new dial that successfully combines rhodiumed white gold and their signature “German silver”: the traditional white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc.
The dial of this limited edition watch was created using the same “tremblage” engraving technique that was employed in the making of the stunningly beautiful A. Lange &am; Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Handwerkskunst (Ref. 761.050) watch.
The company’s master engravers use special machines that create seemingly chaotic patterns. Lange’s artisans are so highly-skilled that they manage somehow not to damage the small inscriptions on the dial, including the tiny “AB” and “AUF” letterings near the horseshoe-shaped power reserve indicator at 12 hours.
As usual, the dial of the watch features the trademark “Time Bridge” element. Crafted from the aforementioned “German silver”, the part visually unites the jumping hours and minutes indicators at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively, as well as the subsidiary seconds indicator at 6 hours that balances the whole composition.
Of course, the real star here is the Lange L043.4 hand-wound caliber. Comprising 425 parts and featuring whole 68 jewels, this movement beats at a very slow pace of just 18,000 vibrations per hour and still stores only so much energy to keep the watch ticking for just 36 hours after being fully wound.
The main reason behind this is, as may have already guessed, a terribly amount of energy that needs to be released each time any of the three indicators makes an instant jump.
Traditionally for the brand, the movement is not simply assembled by hand, but is also painstaking decorated by the brand’s skillful artisans.
According to Lange’s press release, the model will be limited to just 30 pieces and will possibly cost like a fully-packed Porsche 911 Turbo.
Photos: A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst Limited Edition in Platinum (Ref. 140.048) hand-wound watch specification
Price: TBD, very expensive
Movement: Manual, Lange L043.4, in-house, hand-made, Made in Germany
Number of jewels: 68
Movement frequency: 18,000 vph
Power reserve: 36 hours
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand, Glashütte lever escapement, lever and escape wheel made of 18-carat gold
Functions: Jumping hours and minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator
Case material: Platinum
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.90 mm
Case height: 12.60 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: White gold, rhodiumed
Hour markers: None
Hands: Gold, rhodiumed
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched black crocodile leather strap with Lange-prong buckle in platinum
Case back: Sapphire