Grand Complication unveiled a new page in history
1. What does Grand Complication mean to Lange?
This is the most complicated wristwatch ever made by Lange and even the German watch industry. Let us enter the field of horology that has never been known before. This watch cleverly combines seven complex devices, some of which are extremely rare. This is not only a tribute to the brand’s tradition, but also the beginning of a new era in Lange’s history.
2. What does ‘New Era’ mean?
This watch is composed of multiple complicated devices, including extremely complicated sounding timepieces, which fully reflects Saxony’s unique watchmaking culture. During the creative process, we not only raised the level of watchmaking knowledge, but also issued infinite creativity . It is no exaggeration to say that this project opened the door to many ideas and designs.
11 answers about Lange Grand Complication watches
Grand Complication’s calendar display can be switched simultaneously with constant amplitude
3. What was the biggest challenge when developing Grand Complication?
The whole project is like a dangerous adventure, constantly exploring in the complex world of watchmaking. The perfect coordination of multiple complex devices and hundreds of parts is extremely demanding. For example, all the perpetual calendar displays will be switched at midnight, and the big bell will ring at this time. We must ensure that the amplitude does not decrease. In the end, this problem was properly solved, and we let the watch owner operate the needle tracking device at the same time.
4. What are the requirements for a watchmaker to assemble a Grand Complication movement? How long does the entire process take?
Assembly must strictly follow the requirements of precision and interaction of each complex device. Only the most talented and experienced watchmakers can fully grasp the assembly process of the movement and its 876 parts. Even a skilled watchmaker can take almost a year to complete this task. The whole process requires the highest level of concentration, experience and sensitivity, and it must be very patient.
Grand Complication equipped with Lange’s own L1902 movement
5. What happens during the long assembly process?
During the one-year assembly process, all meticulous and comprehensive testing procedures are completed. For example, the bell device is monitored day and night. The watchmaker will evaluate the relevant records to check whether the device is ringing accurately every quarter of an hour. If there is a deviation, it will be removed and readjusted, assembled and inspected to ensure that everything is working properly. The moving parts of the tolling device must coordinate with each other to achieve the effect of ‘free movement without shaking’.
6. Why did you choose to launch this work of great significance to the history of the watch factory in 2013?
The theme of 2013 is ‘Tradition makes uniqueness’, so we chose to present this watch this year to celebrate the brand’s watch tradition. In fact, Lange has always followed the tradition and created a unique brand. Lange is keeping his pace and surpassing himself. Grand Complication perfectly reflects this philosophy.
7. What message does Lange convey through Grand Complication?
Lange’s product developers and watchmakers are dedicated to extending the boundaries of precision mechanical watchmaking. Grand Complication is the best example of this. More importantly, this watch contains our commitment to collectors: With a never-ending spirit, we continue to innovate in the world of precision watchmaking and bring more meaningful contributions.
8. Undertaking Grand Complication, what direction does Lange have in the future?
In principle, we will not comment on future developments. However, we are working on several product development projects. The collectors are thirsty for watches with sophisticated devices. In order to meet people’s expectations for Lange, we have launched a number of exciting works in the past two decades, and we will create more attractive new products in the future. In other words, our future products will always adhere to the Lange benchmark: superb watchmaking technology and unparalleled level of craftsmanship.
9. How is Grand Complication different from Lange’s pocket watch (No. 42500), which was repaired in 2009?
Grand Complication’s research and development process is completely independent, elevating technology and craftsmanship requirements to a whole new level. From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, Lange’s complicated watchmaking level was unprecedented, and the technical characteristics of this watch were inspired from it. The pocket watch number 42500 is perhaps the most famous and prominent example. The knowledge gained in repairing this pocket watch brought us a lot of important insights and new impetus, and the development of Grand Complication also benefited from this. .
10. Why does Grand Complication sell for nearly two million euros?
While paying attention to the price, we need to know that it took seven years for product developers to fully grasp the technical difficulties of this watch, and the entire series will only produce six.
11. Have all the six watches mentioned above been sold?
It is true that there are many senior Lange collectors interested in this watch and it is in short supply. As for which potential buyer will eventually get this form, we have not yet finalized. Unfortunately, we were unable to make more Grand Complications, as this would consume a lot of resources and affect the development of other new projects.