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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

Times flies. This year, the Zeitwerk celebrates its 10th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, A. Lange & Söhne is introducing an all-new model which has a very simple but crucial complication to the collection. This is the new A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date. Hard to imagine, but this is actually the first Zeitwerk watch to feature the date complication.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date SPECIFICATIONS

Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Model: Zeitwerk Date
Dimensions: 44.2mm diameter, 12.3mm thickness
Case Material: White gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Frequency: 2.5Hz
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Hand-stitched dark brown alligator
Price & Availability: Pricing not yet confirmed.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

ANALYSIS

Actually, there is a good reason there has never been a Zeitwerk with a date display. Ask yourself: where would you put it? One of the things that makes the Zeitwerk so distinctive is its unique dial configuration, specifically the “time bridge” where the hours and minutes are displayed in a digital format from left to right. With the time bridge dominating the dial, where else would you put the date display so that the harmony of the dial wouldn’t be ruined?

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

The solution might be obvious now that it is in front of you: have a date ring around the dial. And that is exactly what Lange has done. However, this being Lange, and because Lange only does things the proper way, they are using a small red marker that sits under the date ring to indicate the date instead of a simple date pointer. And in doing so, the symmetry of the dial is retained and cluttered.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

Needless to say, this approach increases the complexity of the movement. To begin with, the date, like the hour and minute displays, must jump instantaneously on the hour at midnight. Further complicating things is the small matter of adjusting the date and time. A corrector at 8 o’clock is used for advancing the date, while a pusher at 4 o’clock allows owners to advance the hour. Non-date Zeitwerk watches don’t have this pusher because it wasn’t necessary to adjust the time so precisely. At 7am or 7pm, it doesn’t matter – it’s the same for any watch with no date displays. However, the Zeitwerk Date needs to take this into account, otherwise, the date wouldn’t advance correctly. Hence, the pusher to help owners adjust time more quickly. The folks at Lange think of everything.

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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

The end result is quite spectacular. The Zeitwerk Date retains the signature look of the Zeitwerk watches but adds a much welcomed date function that doesn’t throw off the distinctive look of the Zeitwerk watches too much. Oh, and that movement looks spectacular too.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date Watch Watch Releases

SUMMARY

The Zeitwerk Date is a logical evolution of the Zeitwerk collection. And as you would expect, Lange has taken great care to ensure that the perfect harmony and symmetry of its Zeitwerk watches remain untainted. In short, the execution is thoughtful and exceptional. I fully expect the Lange faithful to lap this one up. The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Date pricing is not yet confirmed. Learn more at alange-soehne.com.

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  • Pete L

    Absolutley stunning. Always thought the lack of a date was the only thing that let this down and the red marker underneath is a very neat solution to keep the dial uncluttered.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ve loved this design since I first saw it. Lovely everything. That new date complication is really well done.

    ( £79,560 )

  • IanE

    Definitely the one I would go for [in my dreams]. Great-looking new movement and very neatly done date of course.

  • SuperStrapper

    Far too many articles were dumped at once. I have to turn a page back to see a pile of ALS and VC articles, they need to be front and centre!
    Regardless, my favourite watch gets an update very nice. Makes the watch a bit more casual in appearance. The interpretation and execution of the date is very nice, but I do find it somewhat ironic that the king of the grande date displays the date in this fashion on a watch. Only in Zeitwerk…

  • DanW94

    Leave it to Lange to make an already perfect watch even more perfecter (is that even a word? – Doesn’t matter, you get the idea)

  • Jason Swire

    My dream watch just got better… I curse you and salute you in equal measure, Lange.

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