A.Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk/Zeitwerk Striking Time Watch – Lange’s Best Creation
The Zeitwerk is 42mm in diameter, so for a dress watch it’s very large. It’s also offered in 18k white gold, pink gold or platinum. White gold features a contrasting black dial with rhodium German silver time bridge and white gold hands. Pink gold has a white dial with a German silver time bridge, this is silver with copper elements in, and pink gold hands. Platinum features a silver dial with white gold hands and a German silver time bridge with rhodium in which gives it that silver look.
If you’re lucky you can get the Handwerkskunst version of the watch, a 30 limit model with a white gold dial with what Lange calls “Tremble Engraving”. This artwork is also carried over on the movement too.
The Zeitwerk isn’t water resistant, it’s therefore necessary that you don’t get it wet. If you did not only would you have to send it off for repair, but the leather strap would be ruined as well.
You thought that was the end of my review. But now we’re going to look at my favourite of the two pieces, the Zeitwerk Striking Time.
This watch is essentially the same as the Zeitwerk, but with an added complication. Have you seen it yet? It’s had to miss. No? The watch has a striking system on the dial. It doesn’t work like a minute repeater. Instead, the hammer on the right will strike the visible resonance ring on the quarter hour. The left hammer will strike it’s own gong that goes under the other one every hour, producing a different note.
The Striking Time has it’s own separate calibre, L043.2, which is made of over 520 parts. It has all the same features as the Zeitwerk, but with the added striking system. There’s also a button at 5 O’clock so that you can silence the chiming system if you’re in a very important meeting. This watch is bigger than the Zeitwerk. It’s 44mm across. Which means not only is it bigger in diameter, but Lange didn’t scale down that beautiful dial. You can also get the Zeitwerk in the same materials, but no Handwerkskunst model yet.
The Zeitwerk collection is the most innovative watch design from Germany and is my personal favourite out of all the Lange pieces. Lange has a small yearly production so these are limited. The Striking Time even more so. In white gold, the Zeitwerk will cost you €59,100. That jumps to €70,000 for platinum. For the Striking Time in white gold, expect to be charged €91,000 and an eye watering €100,400 for the platinum variant. Whatever the cost, these watches are more than worth it. For more info, please visit alange-soehne.com
First introduced to horology with the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 by his father two years ago, Harlan enjoys his passion for fine horology. He prefers to spend his time in the boutiques of upmarket brands, trying out new pieces constantly. His preferred 3 brands are A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin. Although not much for the smaller brands, he still finds the complications intriguing and wishes to own one watch from each of his three favourites. Read his articles here.