A. Lange & Söhne is a high-end watch brand that represents the absolute pinnacle in fine watch making. The complex movements, the craftsmanship and an ode to precision are the attributes that made a Lange watch a collector’s item. The brand has been a part of Jewellery Arabia for the last five years and Ramzi Nael, Brand Director A. Lange & Söhne Middle East & India says that they have seen the evolution of the Bahraini clientele which has increasingly become more evolved and thus more interested in the high-end fine watch making.
“We have two kinds of customers – people who already own a Lange watch and want to buy another one and others are those who have started with a regular watch and have slowly graduated to sophisticated and selective fine watch making,” Ramzi said. This year at Jewellery Arabia, while they are bringing several of their unique masterpieces, the brand is focusing on two main pieces they announced in Geneva in January this year - The Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
Ramzi Nael, Brand Director A. Lange & Söhne Middle East & India
The Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon is a masterpiece which pairs three complications with five supplementary functions. This unique timepiece by A. Lange & Söhne is not only technically impressive, but also stands out with a superbly organised face despite the density of information it displays. During the development of a multiple-complication timepiece, the most formidable challenge is to achieve the perfect interaction between different highly complex mechanisms and embedding them in a smoothly functioning ensemble and A. Lange & Söhne’s Datograph perpetual Tourbillion is one such horological work of art. The black solid-silver dial of the new model contrasts beautifully against the 41.5millimetre platinum case as well as the hands and hour markers in rhodiumed gold. It is limited to 100 watches all of which have been pre-booked.
The other focal piece is the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. Thanks to a clear arrangement of the calendar display around the time indication, Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar presents an abundance of information at a single glance. The latest model of this horological masterpiece is now presented in a discreet white-gold case with a grey dial (as shown in the picture).
The Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar combines two classic complications with the iconic design of A. Lange & Söhne’s most famous watch family. The calendar consists of a Lange outsize date, retrograde day-of-the-week and leap-year displays and a peripheral month ring. Due to the clear separation of the time and date, all information can be taken in at even a cursory glance. All of the perpetual calendar displays advance instantaneously. The mechanism is designed in such a way that it must be advanced only by one day in the year 2100. And the moon-phase display, located inside the subsidiary seconds dial, will even run true for 122.6 years before it needs to be corrected by one day.
A subtle inscription beneath the twelve refers to the existence of the tourbillon. By looking through the sapphire-crystal caseback, it can be admired in all its technical complexity tourbillon cage features a diamond end stone as a tribute to the historic 1A pocket watches by A. Lange & Söhne. Unlike other watches, a Lange watch takes around a year (and in some cases even more) to make. They are usually pre-booked and made to order and both the watches that are the focal point of A. Lange & Söhne at Jewellery Arabia have been pre-booked and are sold out.
While A. Lange & Söhne has one of its biggest flagship stores in Dubai Mall in Dubai, they have Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in their expansion plans. In Bahrain, they are currently available at the Bahrain Jewellery centre however Ramzi Nael says,” We are monitoring the development of the Bahraini market and we hope to have a store here once the recipe for it is ready from the consumer side, the partner side and the brand side.”