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Katherine S. Cunanan

The Elegant Langematik Perpetual from A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne celebrates the 20th birthday of the Langematik Perpetual

A. Lange & Söhne released the original Langematik Perpetual 20 years ago. Even then it was unique, being the first mechanical wristwatch with the Lange outsize date. To celebrate two decades of elegance, A. Lange & Söhne has released the limited edition Langematik Perpetual with a deep blue dial, in a choice of metals.

This year’s watch has the same features as the original released in 2001. In addition to being self-winding, the watch has the outsize date display, the watch has a ZERO-RESET function and a main corrector for advancing the calendar displays simultaneously. The symmetry on the dial is detail-perfect. A perpetual calendar offers a ton of information, but trust A. Lange & Söhne to give it you simply and elegantly. The outsize date gets prime real positioning just beneath the 12 o’clock. Just above the 6 o’clock is seconds dial and moon phase display combined. The two other subsidiary dials take their place at the 3 and 9. The subdial at the 3 shows the month, while the subdial at the 9 shows the day of the week.

Langematik Perpetual
Langematik Perpetual
Langematik Perpetual

Once this A. Lange & Söhne perpetual calendar watch is set properly, the date will not need an adjustment until 2100. The moon phase display is also in it for the long haul, and will only need a correction of 1 day every 122.6 years. All the calendar displays can be advanced at once, or individually, if you like to tinker with your timepiece.

The self-winding calibre inside this Langematik Perpetual was developed by Lange and has the ZERO-RESET mechanism. While it may sound ominous, it is actually serves a very cool function. Gently pulling crown will stop the balance wheel and send the seconds hand jumps to the zero spot. This quick move means setting the time takes, well, less time. The winding rotor gives a power reserve of 46 hours, even if the watch is on your wrist for a short time.

Langematik Perpetual
Langematik Perpetual
Langematik Perpetual

Though the Langematik Perpetual has a lot of information on the dial, the watch itself is still slim. The movement is only 5.7mm in height, allowing for a sleek silhouette. The case is 38.5mm in diameter and just 10.2mm in height.

The blue dial on this Langematik Perpetual watch is made from solid silver. The applied Roman numerals, hand, and lunar disc are in rhodiumed gold for the white-gold watch, or in pink gold for the pink-gold watch. Each watch has a dark-blue leather strap and a prong buckle that matches the white gold or pink gold.

As the late co-founder and CEO Günter Blümlein said, “Innovation and differentiating design elements are key parameters for us. Our watches must be classic and understated in looks, sleek, useful, and essentially German in nature.”

Goal achieved, sir. The A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual with the beautiful blue dial is available in either white gold or pink gold, a limited edition of 50 watches each.

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