German Engineering: A. Lange & Söhne

March 31, 2009

When it comes to high-end timepieces, Swiss-made is usually the standard to go by. Defying those odds is premiere German watch brand A. Lange & Söhne, a company founded in 1845 and still making some of the world’s most innovative and costly timepieces today.

I read about A. Lange recently when the company won an award for its Cabaret Tourbillon timepiece, the reader-judged “Watch of the Year 2009” presented by newspaper Welt am Sonntag and Armbanduhren (Wristwatch) magazine. (See image above.) The readers were definitely wowed by a world’s first in the realm of tourbillons: the inclusion of a ‘hack seconds’ (or ‘stop seconds’) feature. This basically means that when the crown is pulled out from the watch, the seconds stop running to allow for more accurate time setting.

Another relatively recent innovation from A. Lange (March ’07) was the unveiling of the first wearable mechanical watch with a 31-day power reserve. In layman’s terms, this means that the watch only has to be wound once a month, in this case, with a special key.

While we don’t have the brand new Cabaret Tourbillon yet on Portero, we do have a gorgeous A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Platinum Men’s Automatic 101.035 Watch (image above). If you’re looking to start investing in top-of-the-line movements, this watch is the perfect way to go. Considered the most affordable watch made by the brand, the 1815 model is highly sought after by collector’s beginning their quest into the world of A. Lange & Sohne.

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