There are very few watch companies in the world that can actually say they make a better timepiece than historic luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne. I have had the esteemed privilege of visiting the manufacturing facility in Glashutte Germany several times throughout my career. I was witness to the manufacturing of many different aspects of their traditional watchmaking. Let me tell you, their factory is one of the cleanest most incredible facilities I have ever seen.
My favorite watch that they make is the Richard Lange watch because it’s very simple, classic and timeless and has an amazing story behind it. The Richard Lange watch was revived and debuted in 2006 and was inspired by an observation watch that was designed by Richard Lange who was the eldest son of Adolf Lange, the founder of A. Lange & Sohne.
In 1929, he recognised that the addition of beryllium to the nickel-steel alloy made hairsprings less susceptible to temperature fluctuations and simultaneously more elastic. Richard Lange’s insight, for which a patent was granted in the following year, resulted in a quantum leap in precision and expedited the development of a timepiece category that defines itself in terms of accuracy: the observation watch.
To commemorate this historic event in time, A Lange & Sohne have released a special boutique edition of the Richard Lange in white gold. This will be distinguished in contrast from the regular Richard Lange white gold production piece from 2006 by the steel blue hands which were originally on the Observation Watch. The new Richard Lange Boutique Edition in white gold will be extremely limited, collectible and further enhances A Lange & Sohnes heritage on a whole new level.
Technical Specs for A. Lange & Sohne special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold
The case, in 18kt white gold, measures 40.5mm x 10.5mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
Movement is the German manual-wind Lange in-house caliber L041.2 with 26 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours. It is decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted to five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand. Shock-resistant screw balance with eccentric poising weights, superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring.
The dial is solid silver, argente with blued steel hands. The strap is hand-stitched black crocodile strap with white prong gold buckle.