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The German brand A. Lange & Söhne released a new technical wonder at SIHH 2018, establishing a new record in the industry. Their new “Triple Split” model, in their Saxonia collection is the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph capable of allowing multi-hour comparative time measurements.

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This is the only split-seconds chronograph capable of measuring additive and comparative times, for as long as 12 hours. So, it has broken the record of the “Double Split” also by A. Lange & Söhne which had managed an aggregate duration of 30 minutes, back in 2004.

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This next step equipped with a jumping rattrapante minute counter and a continuous rattrapante hour counter, the “Triple Split” can multiply the measuring range of the rattrapante function on a 24 hour scale. See the graph below for a better understanding of the technical feats accomplished by this timepiece.

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The 43.2mm case is made of 18k white gold with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Equipped with two push-pieces for the chronograph and rattrapante functions, with a setting-crown in between them; and an additional push-piece aligned with the 10 o’clock position to engage the split function.

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An impressive detail is how A. Lange & Söhne has managed to go from their “Double Split”, to include additional gears, levers and springs; arriving at this new “Triple Split” without increasing the movement’s dimensions. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a grey dial with two silver sub-dials and rhodium gold applique hour index markers, with a printed white ring of minute index markers. There are four sub-dials: 30-minute counter between the 3 and 5 o’clock positions; a power reserve indicator at the 6 o’clock position; a sub-seconds counter between the 7 and 9 o’clock positions; and finally a 12-hour counter at the 12 o’clock position. The 30-minute counter and sub-seconds dials are colored solid silver, for an enhanced legibility.

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To simply legibility the two recorded times are distinguished by one set of chronograph counter hands made of blued rhodiumed steel, while all three rattrapante hands are in heat blued steel and the central dagger-styled hour and minute hands are fitted with a luminous material, to track local time in the dark.

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A simple yet very effective way to keep a visual track on the movements and all these complications from overwhelming the user.

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A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split

This “A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split” (Ref#: 424.038) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L132.1 with 46 jewels, 567 parts and 21,600 Vph. Equipped with a oscillation system and a shock-resistant balance with eccentric poising weights.

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Plus the patented disengagement mechanism that prevents friction losses, such as typically unavoidable losses of amplitude engaging the rattrapante would lead to. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with exposed white stitching, secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold folding clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 100 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official A. Lange & Söhne website here.

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MSRP: $147,000 USD

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Written by Mauro Az