Offered by the German brand to the most discerning of their customers, the 2010 A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Luminous (ref. 115.028) model goes in the same direction as the “digital” Zeitwerk Luminous (Ref. 140.035). The Lange 1 Luminous belongs to a rare breed of dressy timekeepers that not only feature working luminous coating on main elements of the dial but also look almost as good as non-luminous models.
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The hand-wound 1815 Moonphase (Ref. 212.050) is presented in a signature “honey gold” color courtesy of a particularly hard-to-scratch 18-karat gold alloy. Developed by A. Lange & Sohne, the gorgeous alloy sports a Vickers hardness rating between 300 and 320HV (on average, that is twice as high as that of white gold, which is usually considered to be the hardest among “standard” gold alloys.) The new member of the 1815 Collection features a beautifully executed moon-phase complication, which is not only pleasant to look at, but is also so accurate that it takes whole 1058 years for the calendar to miss a day from the lunar month.
Originally revealed a year ago, the gorgeous Zeitwerk started the digital revolution in the world of traditional mechanical timekeepers. Now, having its Arabic numerals covered with Superluminova and equipped with a smoked, semi-transparent sapphire crystal that replaces the original dial crafted from solid silver, the new A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous takes the idea even further.
Just like the recently unveiled hand-wound Glashutte Original Strasser & Rohde Regulator, the new A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Referenzuhr model’s main selling point is the historical connotations that date back to the 19th century. A century before high-speed optical networks and atomic clocks, it was an era, when high-precision pocket watches were used to distribute right time from the timekeeping service of the Mathematics and Physics Salon to public clocks at railway stations and these sort of installations where time was not just money, but also — safety.
The revolutionary A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk was unveiled by the German brand in May, 2009. At that time, it was one of the most daring and controversial (as well as immensely beautiful from the point of view of pure engineering) models from the German manufacture. Although not as deliberately high-tech as some wristwatches made by, say, Louis Moinet -another brand that is known for its audacious approach to industrial design- this “digital” timekeeper attracted a lot of attention even before it went on sale later that year.