MOONWATCH ONLY – 60 Years of OMEGA Speedmaster
Ultimately, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 was born, and with its subtle triangular dial-layout, splendid legibility, and unmistakably German design, it became the trademark model for the brand. Unfortunately, Blümlein is no longer with us, but the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 certainly carries his tradition. Over the past two decades, despite its seemingly straight-forward looks, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 had seen more minor and nerdy updates like a large and highly accurate moon-phase display (hands-on here), or the much cooler A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Lumen (which we debuted here). Today, as part of the second annual Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong, Lange presents five sets of his and hers A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 watches to celebrate the model's 20th anniversary.
The 48mm white gold model, limited to only 10 pieces, exudes a look of scientific competency. Scientifically competent it is. The Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon is a complex lesson in physics (how about gyrophysics), tribology (yes that's an "-ology" - principles of friction, lubrication, and wear), metallurgy (tourbillon cages must be strong, light, and resilient) and that's only a start. The amount of scientific know-how required to create a functioning tri-axial tourbillon can fill walls of books or quite a bit of server space.
In addition to the fact that my literary hero wore the watch, I was also enthralled by how little information was available about the brand and the watch at that time - with a few notable exceptions, there was virtually no information available about them for public consumption. And in terms of actually finding one? Forget it. Most of the forums, and even eBay, were in their infancy, and finding one for sale was damn near impossible. This, of course, only added fuel to the fire, and made it completely irresistible to me.
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