Replica A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Review

A. Lange & Söhne is known for his laziness in the execution of complications and watches. It is not one of Germany’s most respected watchmakers for no reason. The brand last year to celebrate Ferdinand Adolph Lange (Ferdinand Adolph Lange) established a watch company in Glashütte (Glashütte) 175 years ago and launched a replica A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” watch, obviously more superior One floor.

THE DIAL

Possibly the most beautiful dial of A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold replica I have encountered, the contrast between the dark granular background and the elements in Honeygold is simply stunning. But, there is more: the numerals, scales and logo on the dial are not applied but sculpted in relief from the 18k Honeygold base plate (emerging with a height of about 0.15mm from the base), which in turn is treated to a black rhodium-plated finish. Not only is this a prodigious feat of handiwork, it adds an incomparable three-dimensional effect.

Despite the impressive amount of complications competing for your attention on the dial, it remains perfectly legible thanks to the layout and pleasing symmetry. The three sub-dials in the upper half are dedicated to the perpetual calendar and moon phase functions: the moon phase indicator and pointer date are at 12, the months and leap year at 3 and the 30-minute chronograph totaliser and day of the week at 9 o’clock. The large aperture at 6 o’clock houses the 1-minute tourbillon held in place by a curved bridge. Since this is a rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph replica, it has two hands. One of the chronograph hands is picked out in blued steel – matching the hand on the 30-minute counter – and the other chronograph hand is also in steel, but gold plated to match the 18k Honeygold hour, minute and calendar display hands.

 

THE CASE

If you look at the aperture of the A. Lange & Söhne tourbillon replica, you’ll notice that it is not round but slightly indented at the top so as not to interfere with the circular sub-dials of the perpetual calendar. The tourbillon watch replica is also set deep inside the case, well below the level of the dial. To secure the deep-set tourbillon, Lange’s watchmakers had to come up with a curved bridge that dips down into the aperture. Held in place by a polished gold chaton and topped with a diamond endstone, the tourbillon bridge is hand-finished with a flawless black-polish on top while the sides are matte finished.

Other details that will delight connoisseurs lie in the overall finissage or finishings throughout. From the slightly cambered gold moons to the hand-engraved stars, from the gleaming polished bezel to the contrasting brushed casebands and pushers, from the needle-like thinness of the central chronograph hands to the brushed finish on the raised 18k Honeygold elements of the dial…

Everything speaks of the impeccable attention to detail and lovingly handcrafted touches we associate with Lange. However, being an example of the finest Glashütte watchmaking tradition, it is also a watch of impeccable precision.

THE FUNCTION

The precision of each A. Lange & Söhne replica of the five complications is optimum. The moon phase display deviates from the true position of the Moon by only one day in 122.6 years. The perpetual calendar special edition watch replica is equipped with a 48-step cam and calibrated to indicate all month durations correctly until 1 March 2100. The chronograph, and its sophisticated rattrapante (split-seconds) functionality, means that the blued steel hand can be stopped independently of the gold chronograph hand. This allows you to record multiple time intervals that start at the same time but don’t necessarily end at the same time – for instance, timing a full race and intermediate laps. To perform these double measurements, the mechanical switching processes are controlled with two column wheels and a horizontal clutch.

THE MOVEMENT

The view from the sapphire crystal caseback is breathtakingly beautiful. Without the traditional three-quarter plate found on many Lange watches replica that obscures much of the movement – actually, it is there, but so far into the entrails of the movement that you can barely see it – the view of the calibre L133.1 is even more spectacular. The technical orchestration of this 684-piece – not including the 636 individual parts of the chain – masterpiece is contained in a manual-winding movement measuring 32mm in diameter and with a height of 10.9mm. The movement beats at 21,600vph and can store up to 36 hours of power.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Case: 43mm diameter x 16.6mm height – 18k Honeygold – 2 pushers for chronograph on right side of case, pusher for rattrapante at 10 o’clock – recessed correction push-pieces to adjust date, day, month and moon phase – sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9) front and caseback

Dial: 18k Honeygold disc base – relief-engraved numerals and scales – black rhodium-plated

Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L133.1 – manual-winding – fusée-and-chain transmission – 684 parts – 32mm x 10.9mm – 52 jewels, 2 diamond endstones – in-house balance spring – 21,600vph – 36h power reserve – plates and bridges made of untreated German silver with special granular finish – black-polished chronograph bridge – functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon, rattrapante chronograph, perpetual calendar with date, day, month and leap year, moon phase display

Strap: brown hand-stitched leather – 18k Honeygold deployant buckle

Availability: limited to 50 pieces

Ref. 706.050FE

Price: EUR 500,000

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