Hand-wound movement with two column wheels. Flyback chronograph with split seconds and split minute function; precise jumping minute counter.
A. Lange & Söhne
Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
Chronograph, Column wheel, Flyback, Rattrapante
Power Reserve Indicator
Price: $ 259
The ref. 404.048 is a rare version of the iconic Double Split with a yellow gold case and an all-grey dial. It was made for the Japanese market as a limited edition of 10 pieces around 2009.
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A. Lange & Söhne - Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar « Terraluna »
On the dial side of the 45.5-millimetre white-gold case, the watch stands out with the regulator layout of scientific precision watches. The movement side presents an innovative and useful orbital moon-phase display that depicts the constellation of the earth, moon, and sun.
The circles of the time indication and the perpetual calendar apertures characterise the design of this timepiece.
Three circles for time The large minute circle is at the top of the dial. The smaller dials for the hours and seconds are beneath it. As was already the case with the Richard Lange Tourbillon "Pour le Merite" presented in 2011, this dial design was inspired by a great historic role model: Johann Heinrich Seyffert's 1807 regulator from the world-famous timepiece collection of the Mathematics and Physics Salon. With his ingenious designs, Seyffert helped transform Dresden into a hub of precision horology in the early 19th century. A great advantage in precision pocket watches, the regulator format was appreciated not only by time-keeping services and observatories, but also by watchmaking manufactories where it was used for synchronising new timepieces. This is because it provided an accurate display of the minutes and seconds.
Four windows for eternity Beneath the characteristic Lange outsize date - the first one in a model of the Richard Lange watch family, incidentally - two smaller apertures show the day of the week on the left and the month on the right. Thanks to this arrangement, the calendar displays can be easily read at a glance. The calendar is mechanically programmed to correctly display the different durations of the months in a year as well as those in leap years until 2100. The leap-year indication is located in a small round window on the right-hand side of the 15 of the minute circle. All displays of the calendar switch forward instantaneously. To keep the power for the switching process as low as possible, the required energy is gradually built up via a cam and then released abruptly at midnight.
The leap-year indication is located on the right-hand side of the 15 of the minute circle.
The moon on its orbit A technical innovation can be seen on the movement side: there, the patent-pending orbital moon-phase display shows the location of the moon relative to the earth and the sun - for the first time ever in a wristwatch. The display consists of three discs. On the star-studded celestial disc, the moon - visible through a round aperture - orbits around the earth anti-clockwise once a month. The mechanism reproduces the synodic month of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 3 seconds so precisely that it takes 1058 years before the display needs to be corrected by one day. Beneath it, the lunar disc rotates, featuring two round new moons. The progression of the moon phases can be observed through the aperture in the celestial disc. In the constellation view, the position of the sun is occupied by the balance. On new-moon days, the dark moon stands between the earth and the sun. It appears as a bright sphere on the opposite side of the earth on full-moon days. Thus, the position and phase of the moon are indicated simultaneously. In the centre of the display, the earth rotates about its own axis once a day. It is daytime on the half that faces the sun, or the balance, and night-time on the other. The peripheral 24-hour scale provides a time-of-day reference for the northern hemisphere.
The moon orbits the earth in the anti-clockwise direction.
To achieve a vivid and aesthetically sophisticated image of the orbiting moon-phase display, Lange's product developers chose a special coating process. On the celestial disc, for example, interference effects absorb all of the non-blue colour spectra of the incident light. The result is a deep-blue surface studded
Constant force for two weeks With two rugged mainsprings, the twin barrel delivers a power reserve of 14 days. When a spring barrel stores so much energy, special technical precautions must be taken to keep the rate of the watch stable during the entire power-reserve period. The torque of the fully wound spring would be too high to be delivered directly to the going train. And as its torque declines when it approaches the unwound state, the accuracy of the watch would deteriorate. An elaborate constant-force escapement compensates for both phe-nomena. In ten-second intervals, it releases an identical portion of the available energy to the balance, thus assuring that the torque remains constant. The result is an unvarying amplitude and high rate accuracy from the first day to the last. At the 6-o'clock position, a power-reserve indicator in the form of a circumferential ring tells the owner when the time has come to replenish the movement with fresh energy via the winding crown.
In addition to the balance spring, the remontoir spring of the constant-force escapement is also made in-house for the new L096.1 manufacture calibre of the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna". The indexless oscillator beats with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour. Further Lange-style quality hallmarks include the hand-engraved balance cock and a hand-decorated movement.
A pink gold version of the watch is also available.