A. Lange & Söhne have recently unveiled a special edition of the superb Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite timepiece they introduced earlier this year at SIHH and it is stunning to say the least! Limited to just 15 pieces worldwide and available exclusively at the five A. Lange & Söhne boutiques in Dresden, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong, this is definitely one for collectors.
Undoubtedly you will already be well familiar with the technical complexities of this remarkable timepiece (if not you can read up on them in our coverage here) and so I’m just going to focus on the aesthetic aspects of this new special edition.
Whilst the overall look of the timepiece has not changed dramatically from the original, there are some key differences, like the use of gold and lots of it! For example the dial is made of solid gold and features exquisite decoration in the form of three dimensional relief-style lettering and a delicate granular texture similar. Likewise the case has been crafted from Lange’s special “honey-gold” alloy that is more than twice as hard as normal gold.
On the reverse side the highly-complex movement features a three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver visible through the sapphire case-back. What really caught my eye though was the fourth-wheel bridge that has been decorated with an elaborate relief engraving. Unlike the more common method of engraving, the technique used for this piece sculpts the motif out of the material, in effect raising it from the background. A subtle difference perhaps but certainly one that will be appreciated by true connoisseurs.
The Final Word
Although the changes may only be cosmetic the Pour le Mérite “Handwerkskunst” special edition is still a superbly impressive timepiece and I have no doubt that all 15 pieces will sell out to collectors almost immediately, assuming they haven’t already.
For more please visit the Lange & Söhne official website: www.alange-soehne.com
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