The 1st annual Watches and Wonders fair in Hong Kong just concluded last week. Organized by the Federation de la Haute Horlogerie, the trade fair had a venerable lineup of exhibitors, with many prestigious Swiss brands represented. A. Lange had their new Grande Complication on display, as well as two new special limited edition pieces; the one I want to share here is their Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst (ref. 720.048).
Limited to 15 pieces, this 41.9 mm platinum-cased beauty presents the full perpetual calendar functions including a moon-phase, leap year, day, outsize date and day/night indicator; also included is a month display, situated around the periphery of the dial with the current month marked by a small arrow at the 6 o’clock position.
The “Handwerkskunst” notes that these 15 pieces are specially hand-decorated by Lange masters engravers — a continuation of a series which includes the Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite “Handwerkskunst” from 2011 and the ZEITWERK Handwerkskunst from 2012.
Limited Edition 15 pieces
41.9mm x 12.2mm platinum case, automatic mechanical Lange L082.1 perpetual calendar movement
The dial is solid white gold, with both tremblage and relief engraving decorations that deliver an exquisite result.
Lange’s signature big date aperture features blue hand-painted numerals, an equally exquisite detail on this watch.
The watch is powered by Lange’s automatic mechanical perpetual calendar caliber L082.1, a 624-component movement which is a beauty in and of itself.
Is there anything not to like here? I think not.