If you ask gatherers which is the best ever chronograph, you’ll probably find 2 or 3 repeating solutions: Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster and A. Lange & Sohne Datograph . Without a doubt, the two first watches are notable and profoundly fascinating. However, when it comes to Haute Horlogerie matters and technically advanced developments, the unrivaled answer remaining is the Datograph. Already available in platinum, the A. Lange and Sohne Datograph Up/Down comes now in another pink gold edition.
We said new… in fact, not completely. In the event that watches are a subject you’re following for certain years now, you may be familiar with this watch. In 2003 Lange and Sohne launched a Datograph in pink gold with a black dial. Obviously it didn’t have the technical characteristics of the actual reference, the Datograph Up/Down. Brought into the world in 1999, the Datograph was updated in 2012 with many upgrades. Visually first, the Roman numerals have made place for baton hour markers and the case has been enlarged from 39mm to 41mm. Technically, the ‘new‘ Datograph offers 60 hours of autonomy when completely twisted (that’s 24 hours more than on the past generation), a force save indicator at 6 (that explains its name: Up/Down) and a proprietary balance framework. Notwithstanding, from 2012, we were utilized to see the Dato in platinum as it were. It is presently available in a warmer, less sportier 18k pink gold case.
Technically, nothing has been changed, compared to the platinum version. And it’s uplifting news, considering the marvelous development that ticks inside the Datograph. At the point when we completely reviewed the Datograph we showed you in details this amazingly advanced and beautifully completed movement.
The Caliber L951.6 comprises 451 parts altogether. All extensions and the main plate are crafted from untreated German silver, which over the long run, gets a touch of patina that adds a warm yellowish. The whole development is lavishly wrapped up by hand. Extensions are angled and the angles are cleaned, the flat surfaces are adorned with Glashütte striping and gems are set in gold chatons that are fixed by three heat blued screws. The steel parts – rockers, switches, cams and the section wheel – are also wrapped up by hand, and feature a straight-graining on the flat surfaces and angled and cleaned edges. The balance chicken has engraved by hand and is one of the signature features of each A. Lange & Söhne.
Calibre L951.6 offers a force save of 60 hours, from one single main spring barrel and it offers an outsized date (located at 12) and a fly-back chronograph.
No changes either on the dial, aside from the baton markers and the hands made of matching 18k pink gold. The dial keeps its ‘reverse panda‘ layout (black dial with shimmering white sub-counters) and the same attributes: tachymeter ring, Ab/Auf power hold at 6 and somewhat helter-skelter small second on the left and 30-minute counter on the right (with instantaneously bouncing hand).
The A. Lange & Sohne Datograph in pink gold is an amazing however pleasant reissue of a notorious watch, known to be probably the best chronograph ever (if not the best). For the story, Mister Philippe Dufour himself claims one (a 2003 release in this same pink gold/black dial combination). Cost has not being revealed at this point. Nonetheless, as the platinum version is estimated at 74.400 Euros, expect around 62.000 euros for this Datograph in pink gold.
More details on the official site of A. Lange and Sohne .
- Movement: Lange manufacture caliber L951.6; manually twisted, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; accuracy adjusted in five positions; plates and scaffolds made of untreated German silver; balance cockerel engraved by hand. 451 parts, 46 Jewels, 4 screwed gold chatons. Switch escapement. Shock-resistant balance wheel with flighty balancing loads; balance spring manufactured in-house with a recurrence of 18,000 semi-oscillations each hour, accuracy beat adjustment framework with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
- Power reserve: 60 hours when completely wound
- Functions: Time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; flyback chronograph with definitely bouncing moment counter; power-save indicator; outsize date
- Operating Elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, two pushers for operating the chronograph, one rapid-rectification pusher for the outsize date
- Case: 18k pink gold. Diameter: 41.0 millimeters; tallness: 13.1 millimetres
- Dial: Solid silver, black; subsidiary dials argenté
- Hands: Pink-gold hour and moment hands, iridescent; chronograph hand in gold-plated steel; seconds and moment counter hands dressed in blued steel
- Strap: Hand-sewed alligator leather strap, red brown