When you receive an announcement about a new watch from A. Lange & Söhne you know you can expect something stunning. It’s not often you actually get to see the watch before the official launch, which is today in Dresden, but on this occasion we did. And amazing it is in all its facets. Let’s have a look at the new limited edition A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down Lumen.
First launched in 2012 as a refined version of the classic column-wheel chronograph, the Datograph has been created in different versions through the years. Starting out as the Lange chronograph with flyback it has been upgraded with different complications. Current models either feature a power reserve indicator or perpetual calendar with moon-phase. The last version is also available with a [hidden] tourbillon. But no matter which version of the Datograph you see, they all have this distinctive look with the large date at 12 o’clock and two sub-dials that are positioned slightly below the center.
This new model is just a great example of the high-end watchmaking that comes from Glashütte. As you can expect from A. Lange & Söhne, everything is finished to the highest standards. Looking at the movement you would almost consider wearing the watch the other way around on your wrist. But by doing that you would miss out on the key features of this Datograph Up/Down Lumen.
Where this piece is technically nearly the same as the other Up/Down versions it comes with the features of the ‘Lumen’ collection. It also has three extra components compared to the regular Datograph Up/Down movement. To be able to accommodate the glass parts which are needed for the added transparency, this version of the Datograph has a slightly thicker movement. We’re only talking about an additional 0,2mm which will be hard to notice.
Several parts of this 41mm watch are made in a luminous material. Combine that with a semi-transparent or smoke glass dial and you have something unique on your wrist. Although this sapphire dial has a coating which leaves out most of the visible light. It doesn’t stop the UV light which is used to ‘charge’ the luminous material. Something that shows when you go from daylight into darkness. All the key features are visible in the dark.
The case back reveals the manufacture calibre L951.7 movement. Something to truly admire and consisting of 454 parts which include 46 jewels. Finished to the highest standards and partially decorated by hand. Plates and bridges are made of untreated German silver as you expect from A. Lange & Söhne.
Cased in platinum, this watch adds about 155 grams to your wrist. That is including the black alligator strap and prong buckle which is also made out of platinum. It will be limited in production as only 200 timepieces will be made. Delivery will start this month at a price tag of 95.000 Euro.
For more info visit the official A. Lange & Söhne website.
Bert Buijsrogge has worked in the real-estate business for 15 years and combined his passion for watches and photography over the years. He became famous for his watch photography and created a specific branded watch calendar for a number of... read more