At the Geneva International Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) held from January 20 to 24, 2014, the Saxony fine watch brand Lange, based in the German watch town Glashütte, exhibited 1815 Tourbillon watch. For the first time, this watch incorporates a stop-seconds device and a zero reset function in the tourbillon. The interaction between the two patented devices makes this new watch’s stop and set functions accurate to the second. This is the eighth tourbillon movement launched by Lange in its 20-year history and will be officially launched in the near future.
Earth’s gravity is probably the most elusive of all physical phenomena, and it has caused human curiosity since its distant history. The First Men in the Moon, published in 1901, is a masterpiece by the famous British science fiction novelist H. G. Wells. In this novel, a scientist named Cavor has developed a mysterious substance that can offset the gravity of the earth. However, fortunately or unfortunately, in real life, the gravity of the earth will neither fail nor change the offset.
A century before the publication of H. G. Wells’s novel, watchmakers have invented a tourbillon (French) that uses the rotation of its frame to offset the errors caused by gravity in the parts of the clock escapement.
20 years 8 tourbillon movements
Over the past 20 years, Lange has independently designed and built 49 movements, 8 of which are equipped with tourbillons. However, for Lange product developers, their focus is not simply on finding a way to embed the tourbillon into a series of products. In the design stage, they always do everything to optimize the matching of parts and components to create the best overall effect. This spirit of diligence and creativity has led to a series of innovative design solutions and a series of world first records.
Lange precision symbol
The first appearance of the Lange Tourbillon is the TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite” watch, which was launched in 1994. It cleverly uses the principle of leverage. For the first time, it uses a sesame chain transmission in the production of the watch to provide a stable and reliable speed, which further improves The stability and accuracy of the watch. By the way, this watch, limited to 200 pieces worldwide, has become one of Lange’s most successful auction models. Today, the well-maintained 1994 TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite” watch will be sold at auction for four to five times the original price. Since then, the sesame chain transmission has been used in the production of two Lange Tourbillon watches, and the TOURBOGRAPH ‘Pour le Mérite’ series has added a double chronograph chronograph. The RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite” watch, launched in 2011, has three sub-dials overlapping each other, and you can enjoy the beautiful operation of the tourbillon through the window of the small second dial position.
New chapter in tourbillon history
In 2008, Lange released the CABARET TOURBILLON watch. This is not only the first Lange watch, but also the only rectangular tourbillon watch with a stop-second function. Since then, tourbillon movements independently designed and developed by Lange will be equipped with a stop-second function.
Tourbillon design becomes a brand icon
Lange’s most famous watch provides an excellent stage for the tourbillon in front of the world. The LANGE 1 TOURBILLON watch, which debuted in 2000, is known as the Centennial Tourbillon. Ten years later, Lange launched LANGE 1 TOURBILLON ‘165 Years – Homage to F. A. Lange’, a limited edition to commemorate F. A. Lange’s 165th anniversary of the establishment of the Lange watch factory. This watch with Lange’s patented stop-seconds device and a case made of 18K honey-colored gold alloy has never seen an innovative and sturdy design. Two years later, Lange released the LANGE 1 TOURBILLON PERPETUAL CALENDAR watch. At first glance, only the inconspicuous engraving on the dial shows that this watch is equipped with a tourbillon. The sapphire crystal can be used to watch the precision. Mechanical operation.