Follow the discussion between presenter Piers Gibbon, A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid and watchmaker Robert Hoffmann, about the brand’s models.
The initials “JAP,” for Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet, founders of Audemars Piguet, look about the gong block. Audemars Piguet may in reality have made not just the gongs however, the whole motion: in these days, it was common for European watch companies to buy raw movements from Swiss businesses and finish them to their own specifications.The watch virtually dropped into oblivion. In 2001, a married couple attracted it to Lange’s headquarters in Glashütte to find out whether it were worth fixing. A housekeeper they knew had obtained it as a gift more than the usual half-century earlier. The answer was not obvious. In a book about the watch that the company published in 2010, ” Lange watchmaker Jan Silva explained the watch’s condition: “Where there would typically be a complex, delicate mesh of bridges, springs and wheels, there was nothing to be seen but a gray-brown, amorphous mass …. Just the larger components of the movement were still identifiable.” Silva led a group of four watchmakers that restored the movement to pristine condition. It required five years; the dismantling process alone took three months.The see’s case was made by the industrial developer Carl Ludwig Theodor Graff from the Louis XV style. Front bears an engraving of the goddess Minerva; the back is adorned with the initials “G.S.” No one knows whose initials they are. Contrary to the motion, the situation and the dial had been in excellent condition when the watch resurfaced in 2001.