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Watch History: A. Lange & Sohne- Watch Repair

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A. Lange & Sohne is a German company that manufactures watches that are among the finest in the world. A. Lange & Sohne watches are said to be one of the top three watch brands in the world, competing only against the Swiss brands Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The typical Lange movement consists of a combination of intricate, delicate gears and pieces that move as one to produce a work of art that can be worn on the wrist. One of the company’s greatest innovations was the development of the first mechanical wristwatch to have a power reserve lasting 31 days. Watch Repair.

A. Lange & Sohne was fist established in 1845 in Glashutte, Germany by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Ferdinand Lange started his apprenticeship in his mid teens and completed it in 1935 with honors. It was under his apprenticeship that he gained the expertise to match his pure passion for watch-making. Lange was so skilled that he completely threw out the old complicated Parisian system of lignes and replaced it with the metric system. He also introduced the millimeter as the primary unit of measurement in watch-making. To say A. Lange single-handedly altered the history of the watch industry would be an understatement.

Adolph Lange died suddenly and his two sons Richard and Emil took over the running of the company which led to the new branding of A. Lange & Sohne in 1868. Under their direction the company began to produce an amazing array of quality pocket watches. Both World War I and II brought enormous growth to the company; German airman especially relied on A. Lange & Sohne’s pocket watches during the Second World War.

Amazingly in 1948 the post-war Soviet administration took over the company’s property, effectively ending the Lange brand. In 1990 Walter Lange the great-grandson of the founder, restored the company after the collapse of the East German government. Today Lange & Sohne has reestablished its reputation as one of the finest watch makers in the world. A. Lange & Sohne only produces watches made of precious metals and develops all of the movements used in their watches in house. Another one of the company’s notable innovations was the double split chronograph, which allows two events to be timed simultaneously up to 30 minutes each.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Zeitwerk: A Mechanical Digital Watch

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The Zeitwerk

A. Lange & Sohne’s new watch, the Zeitwerk, is sure to turn some heads. It is one of the only watches to combine a mechanical and digital movement. Far from the classic design of most manual wind watches, the Zeitwerk has two displays that look like day and date, but are actually the time.

The first color you notice on the dial is the obvious black which encompasses about 75%. But the stunning design comes from the silver that encloses the hour and minute markers, and the seconds dial. This design also holds a functional purpose. It hold the arbor for the two minute disks with a colorless jewel and is attached with a screw.

The watch is typical of most A. Lange & Sohne watches as the font used on the digital displays looks like the date features from other Lange models. Lange also uses a bar to separate the two digits on a date model as well as the minutes on the Zeitwerk.

One of the toughest things Lange had to overcome was the power necessary to move the digital display disks 1,608 times daily. In a normal watch the date display only needs to move once a day. Lange patented a new barrel in order to keep the dimensions of the watch small. As the watch winds down the barrel wheel moves with minimal friction. This leaves more power and energy for the mainspring and more power to turn the disks for the minutes and hours. However, too much power can be a bad thing. The Zeitwerk has a small governor that turns exactly 525,600 times per year. Since Lange uses its own hairsprings and its own spring for force escapement, there are a total of 388 components in the Zeitwerk.

The skeleton back of the Zeitwerk allows owners to view the L043.1 manual winding movement. After tests done by WatchTime magazine, the Zeitwerk only had a positional error of four seconds. The watch gained only 1.5 seconds per day and the same was found true after wearing it for three weeks.

The large white, yellow, or rose gold case measures in at 41.9 mm in diameter. The Zeitwerk also comes in platinum for a bit more money. One look at this watch and you will see its ingenious design. Reading the exact time is as easy as it has ever been with the large number displays.

Retail price for the gold models comes in at $54,500. A comparable model that came out in 2007 was listed at $114,000, more than twice the Zeitwerk. While a $50,000 watch may be expensive it seems that due to the recent economic problems, and the fact that years earlier a comparable watch was twice as much, it may be advantageous to buy an incredible watch at a discounted price.

*Note: the platinum model lists for $75,900.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers, one of South Florida’s largest watch sellers.

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