In reference to the new collection of timepieces featuring deep-blue galvanised dials, A. Lange & Söhne chose to collaborate with visual artist Sebastian Kite. At the Saatchi Gallery in London, he interpreted the power of the colour blue in an immersive site-specific artwork, entitled “Continuum”.
The rattrapante chronograph also gives us the perfect reason to flip the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ around and have a better look in its caseback. It’s one metropolis of a motion, truly like a small-scale city of gears and plates. A complicated Lange, and especially a chronograph, will forever be among the most splendid-looking calibers in all of watchmaking history.As we have seen together with the Lange Double Split, there’s not one, but two column wheels in the movement. As you can see on the picture above, this column wheel is directly linked to the 2 arms which control the dividing (or rattrapante) function: a few extremely finicky geometrics come to play to stop and give up the wheel connected to one of the two principal chronograph seconds hands. The other column throughout the motion (the one to the left to the picture below) serves as a regular chronograph function’s column wheel, accountable for stopping and starting the chronograph itself.There are simple movements that amaze with their completing and there are not-so-amazingly completed complex movements that amaze with their overpowering design. The Tourbograph merges both and produces a watch that’s a sensual overload with a window on a world where magnificent surface treatments and decorations match with a few of the challenging geometrics and interactions of components.