October 5, 2014
In conjunction with the launch of its first boutique in Russia, A. Lange & Söhne introduces the Langematik Perpetual in white gold. This model joins two iterations of the Langematik Perpetual currently offered by Lange, one in pink gold, one in platinum. The watch also (obviously) has a black dial, though this is not the first Langematik Perpetual to have a black dial (in 2008 Lange made a limited edition in rose gold + a black dial for Singapore retailer Sincere Watch).
As A. Lange reminds us, the Langematik Perpetual was the world’s first wristwatch with a self-winding movement to incorporate a perpetual calendar with an outsize date. The perpetual calendar displays the date, the day of the week, and the month; it recognises the different number of days in each month and even the leap years. Once correctly set, the date display needs only to be corrected by one day every hundred years.
The moon-phase display is extremely precise as well. It deviates from the true position of the moon by merely one day every 122.6 years, assuming the watch runs without interruption. To make it as user-friendly as possible, the calendar displays can be advanced collectively or individually.
Like the other two Langematik models, the dial of this watch is made of solid silver. However it has a black lacquer finish that looks superb and provides a nice backdrop to the luminous hands and the rhodiumed-gold appliques.
This new version shares the same mechanics as the existing models in rose gold and platinum. Inside the Langematik Perptual is the proven automatic Sax-O-Mat calibre L922.1 with the patented zero-rest mechanism. It is comprised of a whopping 478 parts, but this is typical for such a highly complicated watch.
When the crown is pulled, the seconds hand jumps to the zero position, thus simplifying the synchronization of the watch. The rotor is 21-carat gold with a platinum centrifugal mass, and it winds the mainspring bidirectionally. The three-quarter plate is made of untreated German silver, with a screwed balance and the hand-engraved balance cock — all classic Saxon watchmaking elements.
What a beauty the L922.1 is…I love the German watchmaking aesthetic!