38.5mm platinum case, black enamel dial, engraved tourbillon caliber…
This is the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the debut of the Lange 1 (to the day!) , an iconic timepiece whose design has gone essentially unchanged in 20 years and which is revered by collectors the world around. And just to set the historical record straight, it was on October 24, 1994, that the first collection created by the new Lange manufactory was presented to the public; this date was approximately 4 years after Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein embarked upon the modern day renaissance of the German brand (i.e. 1990) which is now one of the watch world’s tour de force’s.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst is an immaculate & classicaly-styled timepiece with everything we have come to expect from Lange. Naturally, only 2o of these beauties will be crafted. This 20th anniversary A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst will be a boutique-exclusive offered piece, at a price of $221,700 per.
The Porsche Club of America, the largest mono-brand car club in the world, will celebrate its 60 year anniversary in 2015. To celebrate the occasion, Chopard has created 66-piece limited edition Mille Miglia watch. Chopard, by the way, has been the sponsor of the Mille Miglia for 25 years — while I’m mentioning milestones
A quick FYI to my Minneapolis-area locals — Wixon Jewelers is having its annual watch fair today and tomorrow. Wixon carries a nice lineup of high-end brands and they will have a few special pieces on hand that are worth seeing such as the Patek 5270G (perpetual calendar Chrono), the Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon, the Parmigiani Kalpa Resonance, Jaeger LeCoultre Duomètre pieces (Chronograph & Unique Travel Time) and more. Stop by if you are in the area!
We all know of Zenith’s high profile involvement with extreme athlete/adventurer Felix Baumgartner (which most recently culminated in this outstanding and exclusive turquoise-dialed Christophe Colomb Gravity Control timepiece), but I thought we take a moment today to look at a less high profile form of adventure that the brand has more recently become involved with, sailing. In its capacity as official timekeeper for the Spindrift racing team since 2014, it was only natural that Zenith might issue a commemorative timepiece or two.