A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst
by Kyle Stults on October 02, 2013
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Lange 1 Handwerksunst Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar

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

Lange 1 Handwerksunst Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Watch

 

Lange 1 Handwerksunst Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Caseback

The dial is solid white gold, with both tremblage and relief engraving decorations that deliver an exquisite result.

Lange 1 Handwerksunst Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Moonphase

Lange’s signature big date aperture features blue hand-painted numerals, an equally exquisite detail on this watch.

Lange 1 Handwerksunst Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Date Window

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.

Lange Caliber L0821 Angleview

Lange Caliber L0821 Topview

Is there anything not to like here?  I think not.