Some people appear simple, although after meeting them you find many interesting layers. This new “Richard Lange” by “A. Lange & Söhne” is without a doubt a timepiece that can perfectly have the cliché expression of “don’t judge a book by its cover”, applied to it.
When “A. Lange & Söhne” first introduced the “Richard Lange” collection, their goal was to create a series of watches that could be utilized for scientific expeditions and navigation. But, as things evolved this model line would end up including a lot more complications. As seen on the: “Richard Lange Le Merite”, “Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite” or their most complicated timepiece to date the “Richard Lange Terraluna Perpetual Calendar”. (Ref#: 180.026)
“Jumping Seconds” can also be referred to as “dead seconds”, if we literally translated the French expression of “seconde morte” they use for it. But, proper wording aside, the differences go further than that. A “jumping seconds” on the “Richard Lange” varies from other jumping/deadbeat complications offered by other brands; because “A. Lange & Söhne” tends to add a remontoire d’égalité on the fourth wheel. This feature consists of a second spiral spring, normally placed on the fourth gear train wheel.
An interesting detail since you can choose different intervals for re-winding. And if you opt for a one second interval, while the remontoire d’égalité is on the fourth wheel, the forward jump of the remontoire can be used to drive a jumping seconds hand, as this timepiece does.
Other admirable technical features include: a power reserve indicator and a reset-to-zero setting mechanism for the seconds hands. Actually the reset-to-zero mechanism is capable of more actions, such as: stopping the balance that causes the seconds hand to return to zero instantaneously, which allows the watch to obtain more accurate settings. This mechanism employs a vertical clutch on the fourth wheel that separates the fourth wheel from the going train; and if one pulls out the crown, it opens the clutch and allows the reset-to-zero hammer to descend onto a heart-shaped cam on the fourth wheel arbor.
So, although remontoire d’égalité watches with “dead seconds” have been around before this. It’s the combination of that complication, along with the reset-to-zero, a power reserve and its artisan top-notch movement finishing, which really place this watch in a category of its own.
The 40mm case is made of platinum, which isn’t a big size for current horology trends. But, the fact that it was carved out of platinum does add a noticeable weight to it. The transparent sapphire crystal case back on this watch allows to peek into its inner working mechanical movements, which are quite impressive on this particular timepiece. Also features a larger crown, than would be expected on what appears to be a dress watch, but can easily be seen in more diverse occasions.
Time is exhibited on a rhodié-coloured regulator silver dial, which features three off-set dials: a sub-seconds dial towards the right side, aligned with the 3 and 6 o’clock standard positions; a hour dial with Roman numerals towards the left side, aligned with the 6 and 9 o’clock position; and finally the largest circle accommodates the “jumping seconds” that crosses thru the middle of the other two previously mentioned and smaller off-set dials.
These three intersecting circles manage to captivate much allure, despite their minimalistic design. Also the small window that appears where the hour and minute sub-dials intersect, contains a power reserve indicator.
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
This “A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds” (Ref#: 252.025) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L094.1, with 50 jewels and 21,600 vph. Power reserve can last up to 42 hours when fully wound. One of the main hallmarks of this movement is the refined arrangement of two wheel trains that allow for a constant-force generation and the seconds jump to interact; hence its moniker of “Jumping Seconds”; as well as its patented “Zero-Reset” mechanism. Mounted to the watch is a black strap, secured to the wrist by a platinum pin buckle. This watch is a limited edition of only 100 manufactured pieces.
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