As good as it gets. A hidden jewel from the old days, rare ref. 101.028, Lange 1 in yellow gold with blue dial. Splendid combination, with two-tone blue.
This particular model was launched in 1997 and stayed on the catalogue for more than a decade. Yet, judging from the market and how many I've seen around, it is a rare piece among Lange 1s. However, besides its rarity, it is a very, very charming watch.
No write-up from me today. If you want to learn more about this watch and all other Lange 1 collection pieces, you can find them all under #langepedialange1 through my articles.
As always, thank you all for your time and support. Have a great weekend!
2,3566317 August, 2019
In honour of meeting with the legend "Annegret Fleischer" today morning, I believe this is the appropriate video. From her favorite line, the mighty, "the" chronograph Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon with solid pink gold dial. Limited to 100 pieces.
For those who do not know, Annegret Fleischer is one of Lange's first two designers along with the other legend Helmut Geyer. She is with the company since 1991 and has work behind every chronograph from the brand since then. Considering how the Datograph changed the modern watchmaking in 1999, the introduction of the "mighty" Double Split with disengagement mechanism and Tourbograph pieces; you know why I call her a legend. She was and still there the whole time!
Soon, an interview of her will be published and I strongly encourage you to discover her work and what does she mean for Lange. Meeting with her this morning, after first reading about her years ago was absolute joy to me. And she very much loved the work of Langepedia which is the ultimate blessing for me!
Back to this watch, absolutely one of the most badass pieces I've ever handled and the best movement I've ever laid my eyes upon; Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon deserves and can handle all the superlatives you can throw at it. With its patented stop-tourbillon, instantenous perpetual calendar indications (a video will come) and buttery smooth chronograph, it is a true piece of watchmaking.
The movement architecture is to me unrivaled. Yet no one can describe this better than another legend, Mr. Dufour "It is the best chronograph ever been made. When you look at it there is a lot of emotion because you can feel the amount of hand work."
As always, thank you all for your time and support!
3,4337612 July, 2019
Another one from the old days, 2001 to be precise, in the Lange fan favourite metal, yellow gold: The Langematik Perpetual in yellow gold. It was produced for 6 years, and this one comes with German day and month indications.
The signature model takes its roots from the “Langematik” of 1997. The base movement, Sax-0-Mat is the first automatic movement of the brand and arguably one of the most iconic ones in the industry. A solid ¾ yellow gold rotor with platinum mass covered by the signature three-quarter plate and hand-engraved balance cock appears to be in full-throttle Lange. Moreover, the patented Zero-reset puts the movement well ahead of its peers. For the convenience, the pusher at 10 advances all indications together, which we all know the pain of adjusting the QP. And at the time, all these come from a 7 years old manufacture.
The dial is again reflects the full Lange DNA all over. The big date is the most prominent – the hierarchy of information suggests the most needed indication is the date, thus it is the biggest one – and rest follows with classic layout. My only curiosity however is the small, leap-year sub-dial and why it is not inside of the sub-dial like the day/night indicator at 9 o’clock. The case measuring at perfect 38,5 mm in diameter and 10,2 mm in thickness.
Finally, to touch on a topic on the rolexforums lately: After even a small use, there appears oil marks on the ratchet wheel. This is not seen in the stock pictures of the watches since those watches are untouched. Reason for the marks is there is a contact between the ratchet wheel and the fillets under the three quarter plate. To reduce the friction, these fillets are drilled and oiled thus in time, with the motion, a circular pattern on the ratchet wheel appears.
Overall a splendid piece from every aspect. All models except the honey gold version are discontinued. As always, thank you all for your time and support!
4,5308312 August, 2019
Some say this is the 🐐which I would not dispute against. This one however comes with a special twist, calendar indications in German. I do not know how many of these first generations were produced. One thing is quite sure, in numbers they're a fraction to those that have been marketed as "rare" with hype today. Datograph Perpetual in platinum.
No write-up from me today. If you are interested to learn about this piece and all Datograph variations, history and anecdotes please visit #langepediadatograph hashtag for my write-ups and pictures.
Have a nice weekend and as always thank you all for your support!
4,661833 August, 2019
Vintage beauty (From 1974). The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 1601 with Lapis Lazuli dial 👌🏼 Big WANT! Photo by @beyervintage
10,3909418 August, 2019
My all time favorite up/down, and we've finally met! From circa end of the 90s, a part of Lange's "blue collection" before the blue dial was a thing. Ref. 221.027, 1815 Up/Down in white gold with a splendid, deep blue dial.
The Up/Down indicator has a longstanding tradition with Lange. In 1879, Lange received Imperial Patent No. 9349 for the development of this indication, which was implemented in historic pocket watches and marine chronometers. The subject was a “device in pocket watches for recognising whether the watch is wound or unwound and for indicating how much time remains before it reaches the totally unwound state.” This was the official moment of birth of Lange’s characteristic UP/DOWN power-reserve indicator.
The 1815 Up/Down watches feature a special mechanical implementation of the display. It is no not a modular addition to an existing movement but instead is integrated directly into the confined space of the movement with a specially designed planetary gearing. The result is of this is a thinner silhoutte. The compact ensemble is based on a 1940 patent granted to Otto Lange, a grandson of the Lange's founder.
The watch here measures at 36 mm in diameter and 8 mm in thickness. Up/Down is a quintessential Lange watch both with its historic importance and beautiful aesthetics. The current Up/Down collection measures at 39,5 mm which is very well adapted to modernity, I have a soft spot for these. A splendid piece on all aspects.
As always, thank you all for your time and support!
2,3006931 July, 2019
Another favorite from the old days, this time from 2000 to 2004 in a limited run of 500 pieces - which considering Lange's output at the time, the number was quite a lot - yet today it is very hard to come by. Langematik Anniversary, in platinum with enamel dial.
When it was first launched in 2000 to celebrate the manufacture's 10th birthday of the re-launch, it was priced on €17k. What you get for the money was an incredible value; which makes me regret to not managed to born earlier. You get a platinum case with a perfect diameter of 37 mm and 8,60 mm in thickness, an enamel dial with a superb reference (XII in red) to the earlier days of Glashütte watchmaking and without a doubt one of the best automatic movements in the market; even today.
No surprise the watch is a hit in the collectors' community today. Yet when it came out, it had hard time selling and to my knowledge 500 pieces were sold through a span of 8-9 years. What makes this watch even more special though that Lange offered this as an "entry level" piece. Considering the movement technicality i.e. Zero-reset function and unparallelled finishing, the watch was absolutely unrivaled in its segment. Moreover, the watch is the first enamel dial piece from Lange.
Overall, It is a strong contender to a category of the perfect watch. As always, thank you all for your time and support!
3,1787029 July, 2019
Black Rubber Deployant looks amazing on the Daytona 😍 Everest AD shout out!🎉 @philipsons.jewelry is located in Clearwater, FL, USA!🇺🇸 So please show them some love👊😜 | Customize your Rolex watch at www.everestbands.com
1,7741218 August, 2019
Game of timepieces ⚔️
Which one would you choose? The Batman or the Pepsi? 🤔
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Fun fact about the Rolex Daytona 👇
Some Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas sell for exorbitant amounts! Back when they first came onto the market they were very unpopular. So unpopular in fact, that it’s rumoured Rolex almost stopped producing them altogether. Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon to hear of two-year waiting lists when looking to purchase a new Daytona. Back in the ‘70s they used to be sold for less than one thousand dollars (mind you this is not accounting for inflation), but we’ve come to see them sell at auction for hundreds of thousands. These Daytonas with sky-rocket prices usually exhibit some special feature, such as a “tropical” dial, which is a discolouration that has occurred through aging. Small unique details such as those can greatly increase the value of timepieces, especially the Daytona. ⌚
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Retail price: 11,750.00 € 📈
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The Kirium launched in 1997 and replaced the TAG Heuer 4000 series, the mid-range watch that had been part of the range since 1990. The dial design was very similar to the 4000, with even the “Professional 200m” placement and script looking almost identical. In place of the baton-shaped hour markers of the 4000 were circular lume markers,
Overall the Kirium has a “Liquid Metal” look, with the case, bracelet and bezel all flowing into a single shape, as if they were carved from the same block of steel. .
The Kirium was not a large watch, either in diameter or thickness. The largest case was 39mm (Men’s size), with a mid-sized model at 37mm and a Ladies model (28mm). All models came with a unidirectional bezel and domed Sapphire crystal - definitely unique considering the time period. As was the case with all TAG Heuers of the 1990s-2000s, movements were supplied by ETA. .
The Kirium came in numerous automatic and quartz variations (including Ana-Digi!!😁) but the last of its kind was discontinued in 2008.
Beautiful shot of the Sub No Date😍 Love how symmetrical and elegant this 5 digit Sub is🖤🧐 Thanks for sharing, @thepaulanewman 🙌 | Customize your Rolex watch at www.everestbands.com
The 14270 retains the balanced proportions and svelte silhouette of the original explorers with its 36mm case, a trait I much prefer to the unbalanced, oversized and frankly tacky 39mm supercase. Add to that just a hint of cream on the tritium indexes and you’ve- well, I’ve- got a keeper in the collection.
515 hours ago
Love the straight lugs and streamlined profile of the CK2998 case, but damn it’d be nice to have some lyre lugs and tritium too...
It just blows my mind how incredibly beautiful these movements are. It’s not just the surface finish, but also the design and architecture. @alangesoehne is likely the only non-independent manufacturer able to keep up with the movement aesthetics of high-end independent watchmaking. Oh and these happen to be my top 10 favourite @alangesoehne watches! //
Photo credit to @watchaute_horology
Fall is alllllmost here. Time to dig out the leather jacket and boots 🍁. If you’re in the Chicago area, we’ll be traveling there this weekend and should have some free time Saturday late morning - early afternoon. Shoot us a dm if you want to meet up 👍🏼.
114187 hours ago
Everest AD shout out!🎉 @wamadajewellery1985 is located in New South Wales, Australia!🇦🇺 Black Rubber looks sick on the Two Tone GMT C🔥🖤🔥 | Customize your Rolex watch at www.everestbands.com
Continuing education is extremely important. Investing in yourself is one of the most crucial things you can spend your money on. Do not neglect the knowledge that you could be acquiring right now. The money is only a formality of exchange. It is a one time transaction (or recurring if you’re paying it off) but the knowledge (has to be specific and practical) you gain will pay itself back in dividends. Who knows- maybe you had it wrong the entire time!
20569 hours ago
More than a watch, @k_chaykin's Cinema features a unique complication that gives the impression of an animated horse by quickly cycling still images. This early filmmaking technique was invented back in 1879 by Eadward Muybridge who is reference by name on the dial 📽
View this showstopping piece and more at #JeweLuxe Singapore
👉Edition 2, 16-20th October
Love how the linen shirt and the watch strap match. Not always easy to find the right combo, but I try my best to show you guys that you have a lot of options when it comes to wearing your watch. There are fantastic strap manufacturers out there that have some amazing products to pair to your watch.
The strap I am wearing is called #hirschosiris and is from @hirschthebracelet
Where do you guys get your straps from, let me know?
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