Today I also had the pleasure to meet Wilhelm Schmid again. Join me and have a look what A. Lange & Söhne shows here at the SIHH in Geneva.
This is A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid …
The Saxon watchmaker astonishes everyone with it´s Grande Complication.
This are the functions of the masterpiece: time display with hours and minutes; chiming mechanism with grand and small strike; minute repeater; split-seconds chronograph with minute counter and jumping seconds; per-petual calendar with date, day of week, month in four-year cycle; moon phase.
And this are it`s operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time; one pusher each for operating the chronograph and the rattrapante mechanism; lever for activating and deactivating the chiming mechanism; lever for selecting small and grand strike; slide for actuating the minute repeater; correction push pieces for advancing the date, day of week, month, and moon phase.
The 50 mm case hosts the Lange manufacture calibre L1902 that consists out of more than 800 parts.
No one is allowed to take pictures so I can only show you the official picture provided by A. Lange & Söhne.
Only 6 pieces will ever be made of the A. Lange & Söhne Grande Complication and it will cost 1.920.000 Euros including taxes. The estimated output is one piece per year …
What a superlative!!
This is the only picture that is available for the time.
Now let us come back to earth and see what A. Lange & Söhne is also showing at the SIHH 2013:
From left to right:
Saxonia Annual Calendar, 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, 1815 Auf/Ab, Grosse Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Auf/Ab
Price: 24.000 Euros White Gold
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar
Price: 49.000 Euros Platinum
A. Lange & Söhne Grosse Lange 1