January 3, 2012
It is now official that at SIHH 2012 A. Lange & Sohne will unveil the Datograph Up/Down And what a frickin’ beautiful watch she is. The “Up/Down” (“Ab/Auf” in German) is a reference to the new power reserve function on the iconic Datograph watch that first debuted in 1999 with the Caliber L951.1, a movement that set the standard for a manufacture chronograph movement. The 2012 Datograph also gets a few more subtle changes including a larger case size (41mm vs. the original at 39mm) and a markedly greater power reserve (60 hours vs the original at 38 hours). Also gone are the Roman numeral hour markers, now solely baton hour markers (I have mixed feelings on this). So while clearly not a step-change from the original, the new Lange Datograph will offer aficionados something a little bit different for their collection. This watch will undoubtedly be one of the best new releases for 2012.
words by Kyle Stults