So many watches, so little time (and money duh). But seriously, what does a watch enthusiast have to do these days to avoid making the cardinal mistakes, when so many web reviews don’t offer much more than listicles and platitudes?
Let’s see: You like watches, have a decent amount of disposable income to shell out, and are informed enough to discern between brands. Maybe you also know the difference between a chronograph and a chronometer, a world timer and a dual timezoner…
If you don’t, no worries. Just keep reading.
Now, what would really serve you are the cold hard facts. You need the essentials filtered out from all the raw data and delivered to you in palatable bite sized portions, because you can draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions.
Is this watch worth its price tag? The answer is subjective—how much do you value handcraftsmanship? Should you pull the trigger on that watch? Again, the answer is quite subjective—spoiler alert, there are no easy answers here. But we can try.
Because there is no clear benchmark on what makes a good watch, we’ll have to establish our own. How do we do that? By comparing the novelty in question with an existing equal or something similar, so it’s being assessed on its home turf.
Makes sense? Yeah we think so too.
THIS WEEK WE ARE REVIEWING:
The A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar “25thAnniversary”
In A Nutshell:
An anniversary is always a good time for watch brands to release special editions, some more interesting than others. The Lange 1 is of course A. Lange & Sohne’s most emblematic timepiece and this variation is the most complicated model in the Lange 1 family. Particularly notable is how the movement displays the perpetual calendar with indicators that do not disturb the iconic off-centred dial design. But is it much better than the non-anniversary model and therefore worth the extra €2,000?
|Case material||White gold||White gold or pink gold|
|Dial||Solid silver, argenté||Solid silver, light grey or argenté|
|Movement||Calibre L082.1||Calibre L082.1|
|Hands||Blued steel||Rhodiumed gold or pink gold|
|Hour markers||Blue printed||Solid white or pink gold appliques|
|Moon phase||White gold with hand-engraved stars||Standard blued steel moon disc with gold moon and stars|
|Other features||Special blue lacquer, engraved balance bridges||—|
|Price||€321,100 (approximately S$488,900)||€319,100 (approximately S$485,900)|
Our two cents:
You're trading gold appliqués for a gold moon phase disc with hand-engraved stars. Also you're getting extra hand-engraving on the balance bridge, topped off with blue lacquer. Seems like a pretty decent offer already. Most importantly, it's a 25-piece limited edition so it's super exclusive—hello bragging rights. If money were no object, we'd love for it to be cased in platinum but then again, we're just talking.