Launched at the beginning of this year at SIHH, the name of the new A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds says it all. The watchmaker from Saxony added this latest model to a series developed by A. Lange & Söhne in 2006, wherein an integrated jumping mechanism facilitates the display of time in strict one-second intervals.
The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds in Platinum is distinguished by the clever combination of two mechanisms that functionally complement each other: A one-second constant-force escapement which guarantees ultimate precision, and the jumping mechanism that allows for clear legibility of the time; advancing the large seconds hand by precisely 60 steps per minute. Synchronization of the watch is quick and easy thanks to the ZERO-RESET mechanism, wherein pulling of the crown tells the seconds hand to jump to the zero position.
The rhodié-coloured regulator dial sets a grand stage for the jumping seconds. The large circle at the top dominates, drawing attention to the seconds sub-dial. Beneath it, circles on either sides, indicate the hours and minutes. Where these two circles intersect, a triangular shaped aperture serves as a prompt to rewind the watch by turning red, 10 hours before the power reserve is depleted.
Moderately sized with a diameter of 39.9 millimeters, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds sits confidently on the wrist, with its prominent regulator dial. Beyond it’s superior legibility, and sophisticated mechanical elements, the all-new timepiece by A. Lange & Söhne is completed with the distinct ‘Lange Look’, even when seen from afar, it’s a dressy watch.
The Lange in-house calibre L094.1, can be admired through a sapphire crystal caseback. Hand-wound, the movement is crafted to the most exacting quality standards of the German watchmaker, including the constant-force escapement with remontoir spring, which is made in-house. Hand-decorated, the piece is a pleasure to behold, and boasts a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound.
The sophisticated watch face is complemented by a Black hand stitched strap crafted from alligator leather. The A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds is limited to 100 timepieces worldwide.