What can we say about the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph that hasn’t already been said? Certainly perhaps the best chronograph of all time, but if you add a perpetual calendar to the package, what do you get back? A wonderful, restrictive, technical and desirable watch. Is this QP edition better than the chronograph as it were? Maybe not. Anyway, the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual is unadulterated horological pleasantness and for the 2015 edition of the SIHH , the German manufacture chose to marginally update it by bringing another tone and another material. We said new… Well, not exactly!
Let us return to the absolute starting point of SIHH 2015. We introduced you the Datograph Up/Down in its Pink gold edition , which was a reissue of an old watch. Without a doubt, the primary execution of the Datograph (not Up/Down) was already available in this pink gold/black dial combination. All things considered, A. Lange & Sohne is presently using the exact same formula for the Datograph Perpetual. The combination of a white gold case and a medium gray dial already existed in the absolute first edition of the Datograph Perpetual, somewhere in the range of 2008 and 2011.
Since its introduction, the Datograph Perpetual had been marginally updated. It currently comes without Roman numerals instead featuring just baton hour markers, much the same as the 18K Pink gold/white dial edition. The case anyway remains exactly the same, with a 41mm diameter, much the same as the Datograph Up/Down . The main advancement is the utilization of white metal for the case and medium gray for the dial, a colder and (maybe) sportier plan, compared to the classical pink gold/white dial form. This combination completely changes the vibe of the Datograph Perpetual and gives a totally new inclination. The shade of the dial is very pleasant, changing from a light gray to a profound anthracite, contingent upon the light conditions. Obviously, it’s more neutral than the pink gold edition however it never looses its charm. As far as we might be concerned, it even gains a touch of sex-appeal.
The layout of dial remains the same also – meaning that it very well may be in some cases hard to read the calendar. As all the indications are located inside the sub-dials, the Datograph Perpetual gains in immaculateness what it loses in intelligibility. The addition of a QP doesn’t really changes the face of the Datograph, as no extra window or sub-counter is added. The outsize date remains located at 12, the moon-phases are indicated at 6 (replacing the force hold of the Datograph), the months are integrated in the 30-minute counter at 3, the day is into the small-second sub-dial at 9. The two just prudent additions are a day-&- night indication on the highest point of the small-second and a leap-year sub-dial beneath the 30-minute counter. The main issue is this imbrication of sub-dials into other sub-dials that creates a very troublesome reading. Then again, the Datograph Perpetual keeps the notable look of the classical Datograph and its purity.
The Calibre L952.1 is taking all things together focuses identical to the old movement used in the Datograph (not Up/Down), with the exception of the QP module on the top, meaning that through the case-back, it looks as brilliant and magnificent. Notwithstanding, it also brings an issue: its low force hold of 36 hours. Not all that much however, as it will compel you to wind it everyday and in this way to appreciate a mechanical connection with your watch. Be that as it may, a more drawn out force save is comfortable consistently – A. Lange & Sohne thinks about it, as they improved the Datograph Up/Down with a 60h force reserve.
Anyway, it doesn’t affect the beauty of this development, with its complicated layout: various apparent gears and switches, screwed gold chatons, warm shade of the untreated German Silver or blued screws creates quite possibly the most beautiful developments of the business. It is composed of 556 parts, all wrapped up by hand and assembled twice. An unadulterated feast.
To finish up, we have to admit that the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual Gray Dial White Gold is a really appealing watch albeit one loaded with contradictions – and of charm. It is clearly not as unadulterated and notable as the Datograph Up/Down however then again it increases the degree of selectiveness by bringing a perpetual calendar. Its development has a really low force hold however we can’t take go through hours taking a gander at it. The dial isn’t the easiest to read (especially the sub-dials) however then again it’s very balanced and looks perfect on the wrist, particularly in this gray combination.
The Datograph Perpetual in white gold with gray dial is valued at 119,000 Euros.