View all newsletters
Latest in Luxury - Sign up to our weekly newsletter
  1. Travel
  2. Travel News
May 8, 2009updated Feb 06, 2013

A. Lange & Sohne Reveals First Mechanical Wristwatch with Jumping Numeral Display: the “Lange Zeitwerk” Timepiece

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

A. Lange & Sohne, the Germany-based maker of highly complicated German timepieces, gathered the world’s leading watch retailers and international press here in Berlin, Germany this week to reveal its spectacular innovation: the Lange Zeitwerk.

When the company was reborn 15 years ago as a leader in haute horology, its Lange 1 model attained instant recognition as a timeless design icon. Now, with the new Lange Zeitwerk, a remarkable dial design signifies another milestone timepiece.

Most significantly, the new mechanical watch features a precisely jumping hour and minute indication of singular clarity. A German-silver time bridge unfolds across the entire width of the dial to prominently frame the large numerals of the laterally aligned windows that present the hours and minutes. It extends down to encircle the subsidiary seconds dial as well, uniting all three levels of time measurement in a harmonious setting. With its easy-to-grip beveled flutes, the knurled crown points up and away, predicting an upswing movement. And in the upper third of the dial, the continuous power-reserve indicator reliably tells the owner when it is time to re-energize the movement (36 hours). Thanks to the unparalleled size of its numerals, its time display is remarkably easy to read. With a whispered click and within fractions of a second, the minute display advances step by step until the watch initiates the big jump at the top of the hour. At this point, all three numeral discs switch forward simultaneously and instantaneously by exactly one unit. The perfect moment for the showdown is at 11:59 – “high noon” in a widescreen format.

The 42-mm round Lange Zeitwerk’s manually-wound movement must generate a significant amount of energy to simultaneously advance all three numeral discs once every hour. It is delivered by a newly developed and patented barrel with an extra-strong mainspring. A constant-force escapement, also patented, between the barrel wheel and the balance, acts as a pacemaker for the jumping advance of the hours and minutes. A glance through the sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the lavishly decorated L043.1 manufacture caliber.

The Lange Zeitwerk is available with a case of yellow gold, white gold, pink gold or platinum, and dial options include solid silver, champagne solid silver, black solid silver,
Argenté solid silver, or rhodium. Completing the elegant look is a hand-stitched crocodile strap and a signature Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum.

For more information, call +49 (0)35053 440 or visit

Content from our partners
Indulge Your Senses at Resorts World Las Vegas
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort: A Desert Oasis Awaits
The Most Beautiful Biosphere Reserves in Spain

Topics in this article :
Select and enter your email address Be the first to know about the latest in luxury lifestyle. Get the latest news on hotel openings and in-depth travel guides. Get insider access to exclusive promotions and special offers from our luxury partners.
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thank you for subscribing to Elite Traveler.

Websites in our network