A. Lange & Söhne:s first watch order was placed by the German OperaHouse in 1841. They needed a clock that showed their guest when the breaks were over. The result is the very famous “5 minute clock”.Ever since, A.Lange & Söhne has been German engineering impersonated.
If you’re not familiar with their model the “Zeiweirk” you’re in for a treat. This is the first watch that offered a truly mechanical alternative to the indication of time with rotating hands. The design is intriguing and the movement is nothing but awesome.
The next level Zeitwerk, the Zeitwerk “Striking Time” was sure to impress as well. L & S changed the movement in Zeitwerk to better accommodate the components required for a minute repeater.To those of you who are not familiar with a minute repeater, it basically is a watch that notifies by sounds when the time changes.
The Zeitwerk Striking Time allows for its wearer (and probably the people around him) to hear the quarter-hours with a high-pitched tone and then the full hour with lower-pitched tones. Via the 4 o-clock button one is able to deactivate the quarter-hours tones.
The movement is a new manually wound L043.1 that features a constant-force escapement complication. The 42mm wide case is available in 18k rose, yellow or white gold, and in platinum, with a handful of dial-color options.The backplate on this Watch is the best I´ve seen!
One of the formidable challenges faced by the watchmakers is crafting the gongs for each striking time. The difficulty lies in imparting precisely the right pitch for each gong. To achieve the required results, the weight of the two hammers, their impact angles and their impact speeds must be accurately matched. Only very few watchmakers master this art; the process is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of horology.
There’s so much need factor on this watch it hurts!
Check out the video to hear the quality of the chime-
Did I mention that the Zeitwerk Striking time is able to play its tones fast forward, chiming out Beethoven’s famous Symphony No.5?
Author: Olle Elander Wistén