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Review of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date

Review of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date

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It is often said that in watchmaking the passage level complication – understand here any additional indication that isn’t the hours, minutes or seconds – is the date work. While this is valid for a large portion of the watches, with regards to a masterpiece of designing like the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, adding a date was a veritable technical challenge. Because of the ultra-complex display of this watch, adding a straightforward date window wasn’t conceivable. However, this wasn’t enough to stop the team managed by Anthony de Haas, head of item improvement, who today gives us a full explanation of how the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date was created and how it is manufactured, in the video at the highest point of this article. 

What’s so special about a date window? Usually, the answer isn’t anything. It is the most common, the easiest of all complications. You can discover it in the most affordable automatic watches, basically because it is a plate rotating under the dial and driven continuously hand. On paper, you can add a date to basically any development. Easy, reliable, easy to execute. However, when you don’t have a display with classic central hands, things get a smidgen more complex. And when you have a display composed of three massive (really massive) bouncing indications, covering the sum of space available on top of the movement… Well, you have to do things the A. Lange & Söhne way and overhaul the date from scratch.

Furthermore, the Zeitwerk integrates various updates and enhancements over the past models. Without making the watch and its development larger or thicker, the brand has managed to twofold the force hold by overhauling the entire stockpile of energy, presently with two stacked barrels. And finally, it also presents new pushers, more slender and more got, which work with a release framework, and not a squeezing framework (like a chronograph).

Finally, there’s the decoration of the development, the way it is twofold assembled, fine-adjusted and finished… All of that, all the details about this A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date are impeccably explained by Anthony de Haas in this video review. Appreciate watching.

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