Easily one of Lange’s most polarising collections, the Zeitwerk heralded in a new and fresh era for A. Lange & Söhne, and ever since its introduction to the world, it’s been loved and adored by watch collectors and enthusiasts alike. From its somewhat controversial digital time-display to its very bulky look, the Zeitwerk has captured the hearts of many, and as its popularity has grown, so too have people’s desire to wear this on a day to day basis. Enter the Zeitwerk Date, A. Lange & Söhne’s solution to the problematic issue of daily functionality.
From the outset, the Zeitwerk Date looks like any other “ordinary” Zeitwerk. We still have the digital display system with Arabic numerals. We still have a very clean solid silver dial, emanating a grey look. We still have a bulky white gold case that sits 44.2mm in diameter and 12.3mm in thickness. And we still have the iconic power reserve and small-seconds dial. All in all, business as usual from Lange.
With the exception of the date surrounding the dial. The date ring rims the outer edge of the dial, with each date numeral being shown via the movement of a red marker underneath the dial, filling the specific number, ergo depicting the date. Instead of, potentially, adding an obscure date-window somewhere (who the hell knows where?!), Lange have opted for a very non-obtrusive, almost inconspicuous way to add that much more functionality and desirability to the Zeitwerk.
The addition of the date ring adds a plausible note of appreciation for the Zeitwerk Date. It’s the usual business of German precision and a meticulous air of perfection, but this time with a dash of real-world usefulness. What’s the date, one used to ask a Zeitwerk owner, before said owner thrust his hand into his pocket, pulling out his iPhone. Now, that very same owner merely needs to flick his wrist, confidently stating the date, as well as the time, just for good measure. A sensationalized scenario I’m sure, but one that is most likely all too common.
Powering the Zeitwerk Date is the manually wound Lange calibre L043.8, featuring the passing hours, minutes and seconds, along with the power reserve and, of course, the date ring. The movement sits at 37mm in diameter and 8.9mm in thickness, has a power reserve of 72-hours, is made up of 516 separate components and beats at a typical 3Hz.
Pricing for the Zeitwerk Date is expectedly high, and at $96,700 it really does push the boundaries of a justifiable price-tag, but all in all this is a big step from Lange, and it’s one that I’m sure we’ll see more of on social media once it’s released in June.
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