In our second portion of the Collector Series we plunk down with probably the coolest person in watches, Kristian Haagen. He’s a watch fan (watchgeek), gatherer, creator, teacher and consultant to barkers (it should be extreme when individuals ask how he helps a living at evening gatherings!). Anyway you may know him best for his awesome photography and quickly conspicuous fluorescent arm band wrist shots on Instagram. In this scene we talk about one of his most notorious pieces, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual, the all-inclusive form of the ‘regular’ Datograph that is additionally warmly know by some as the Dufour-graph.
When did your watch venture start?
I began gathering in 1993. The Internet truly helped my enthusiasm for watches and I didn’t feel alone with my advantage of everything horology. My first large buy was a Tudor Chronograph in 1993. Furthermore, after that I purchased two vintage Rolex Submariners during a vacation in Miami. From there…well…it just went crazy.
What attracted you to A. Lange & Söhne?
I have consistently had a shaky area for Patek Philippe (which today occupies most room in my bank vault) and despite the fact that I realized that A. Lange & Söhne likewise addressed stunning quality and craftsmanship, I considered the to be as “an old man’s brand”. That completely changed around 2011, when an old buddy let me wear his Lange 1 Timezone a few weeks.This watch was totally awesome! Also, pricy. I was all the while burning through the entirety of my cash on Pateks and vintage Rolex at that point. Lange was not on the shopping list.
What pulled in you to the Dato and not another model from A. Lange & Söhne?
I was really searching for the typical Datograph in platinum as that watch addresses something truly uncommon. In 1999 A. Lange & Söhne had just been back available since 1994, and still they figured out how to come out with an in-house flyback chronograph before Rolex and Patek Philippe. You need to offer your appreciation on that accomplishment! Yet, one day at my optician I met a refined man wearing the dim dial Datograph Perpetual and at that moment I realized that was the one to go for.
What is the case material?
In 2013 I bought a used dim dial Datograph Perpetual in white gold, ref. 410.030. Not the form that was presented during SIHH in 2015 ( this one , ed.), yet the first form that solitary had a short creation run of under two years. I accept under 50 or 60 of these dark dial forms were initially delivered and that dial shading just hit me directly in the center of my ticker, so to say. The watch is totally staggering, entirely measured (41 mm) and is without question the most attractive watch in my collection.
Was the development a significant consideration?
Well, even individuals who know nothing about watches can see that the type L.952.1 manual winding development is something extremely extraordinary. Seeing it resembles plunging into amazing design, swimming in a universe of flawlessly improved haggles and getting an extremely private glance at miniature mechanics made by the best experts and artisans.
Can you disclose to us more about the movement?
A watch from A. Lange & Söhne is prettiest seen from the back. The measure of work and enrichment that goes into each and every development is astounding. A what truly draws in me to the brand is that each development has the some regard for subtleties, regardless of if passage level or Super Complications. That you don’t see at Patek Philippe.
A. Lange & Söhne are infamous for their precision, have you at any point tried the Dato’s?
I have never tried it, no. Possibly I ought to. I appreciate great precision.
How much wrist time does the Dato get?
Admittedly, it isn’t the watch I wear the most. I travel a great deal and subsequently appreciate in any event a GMT or world time work when out and about. In any case, I wear it as happily with a white T-shirt just as at more formal occasions.
A. Lange & Söhne are a lot of one of those makers who fly under the radar outside watchgeek circles, does the Dato get numerous inquiries out and about?
Most individuals around me think about my energy for watches and anticipate that I should wear intriguing watches. Be that as it may, as you say, not all think about A. Lange & Söhne. You must have experienced something reasonable of horology to value A. Lange & Söhne. It took me almost 40 years to comprehend the brand!
What kind of day/occasion do you end up strong it on?
Any. Anyway never for sports nor going to the sea shore/pool.
Do you tune in to the counsel of anybody prior to making a buy?
I am unconstrained, when I become hopelessly enamored. When in affection, very few yield to common sense. All things considered, when quenched respectable men like Gisbert Brunner or Philippe Dufour both case that the Datograph is the best chronograph around, obviously I listen.
Is the delight of wearing a watch more critical to you than considering its resale value?
I am not an affluent man so obviously it is acceptable to realize that my energy can one day be traded into retirement reserves. All things considered, when time is my foe (ideally numerous moons from now), I will in any case wear a decent watch. Yet, never wind it.
What is more imperative to you: Brand Heritage? Stylish? Precision? or on the other hand Rarity?
Brand legacy doesn’t mean a lot to me. Craftsmanship, quality, exactness and obviously looks are important.
Can an authority at any point be completely happy with his/her collection?
I don’t figure I will at any point quit gathering. On occasion I want to scale back regarding volume. Yet, at that point some other incredible watch shows up in my radar.
Which brands do you believe are accomplishing fascinating work out there?
Besides from A. Lange & Söhne, I think Patek, Vacheron and AP are fascinating to follow. Those are the undeniable decisions. Be that as it may, I am getting used to H. Moser & Cie and F. P. Journe. I don’t fundamentally consider myself to be an authority of non mainstream brands, however these two brands show up extremely successive in my Google search.
Tell us somewhat about your bracelets!
Hahaha! Entertaining inquiry. All things considered, I like to wear beautiful wristbands as watches will in general be fairly traditionalist and in dull tones. Additionally, my wrist shots on Instagram are immediately perceived because of my extremely bright breaded wristbands. So they are kind of a uniform when I shoot wrist shots.
What suggestion would you provide for somebody considering beginning a collection?
Do your examination! Also, when you have done that, do some more! Additionally, take a stab at however many watches on your wrist as could be allowed. Likewise, let you fingers meander looking into it, crown, shoulders and so forth Get a visually impaired person’s feeling for quality and craftsmanship. Also, never purchase a watch that is publicized as “luxury”. Paris Hilton executed that word.
When gathering do you think its imperative to adhere to a brand or a classification (ie.Patek/IWC or avionics/jump pieces?)
My assortment has a touch of everything. All things considered, I just gather sports Rolex and the vast majority of my Patek Philippe assortment comprises of Nautilus-models. I additionally have Seiko and Casio G-Shocks in my assortment. Also, a Breitling computerized watch from 1978.
Is the Dato a guardian or would you be able to see it leaving your assortment one day?
I attempted to persuade Kevin Rose to exchange his astounding platinum A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst for my Datograph Perpetual during SIHH 2015. Oh dear, I left Geneva before we could come to any sort of understanding. So, I could see myself exchanging the Datograph Perpetual. However, it must be for something incredibly uncommon! Also, in the event that not Kevin’s Zeitwerk, I can’t say which watch.
What (regardless) have you got your eye?
I might truly want to add a H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Perpetual “Funky Blue” with that new kudu tie. That truly has my heart beat somewhat quicker. All things considered, I figure I will add a F. P. Journe before a H. Moser. What’s more, since I just purchased an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, at that point it will take considerably more before I have assets for the following purchase…