By Su Jia Xian
As contemporary chronograph wristwatches go, those made by A. Lange & Söhne are amongst the most admired, specifically for their gorgeous movements. The Lange chronograph line-up began in 1999 with the Datograph, a timepiece now widely regarded as a modern classic, and has since grown to include additional complications like the split-seconds and perpetual calendar. Here’s a look at four of Lange’s best chronographs.
Introduced in 1999, the Datograph was equipped with the first in-house chronograph movement of any haute horlogerie watchmaker, in Germany or Switzerland. Constructed to resemble the finest vintage chronograph movements, the depth and glow of the movement quickly won it many fans. Beyond the visual merits of its movement, the Datograph also stands out for its oversized date display and the instant-jump minutes counter. Now in its second generation, the Datograph is the quintessential Lange chronograph.
The Datograph Perpetual is like a stretch version of a luxury car. It’s a Datograph with the addition of a perpetual calendar mechanism. The result is a timepiece that still reveals the magnificent movement on the back, but with extra features on the dial. All the calendar indications make the dial more complex, but the essential Datograph design is still recognisable.
Conceived as the entry-level Lange chronograph, the 1815 Chronograph features almost the same movement as the Datograph, with the chronograph function but without the oversized date display. Fortunately the view from the back is still the same, essentially identical to the movement inside the pricier Datograph.
The first of its kind when it was introduced, the Double Split adds another layer of complexity to the traditional split-seconds chronograph. While conventional split-seconds chronographs can measure two simultaneous times of up to a minute, the Double Split can do the same for up for 30 minutes. Unsurprisingly, the movement is a spectacular landscape of densely packed gears, levers and springs that’s pure eye candy for watch geeks.
Su Jia Xian (SJX) – Singapore
One of Asia’s leading watch experts, SJX has been involved in the watch industry for over 15 years, having gotten his start as a watch journalist. In 2014 Chronos Japan magazine included him in “Who’s Who of the World’s Watch Persons”, a list 100 notable personalities in the global watch industry. SJX currently contributes to over a dozen publications in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. He is also editor of Watches By SJX (http://WatchesBySJX.com), Asia’s leading online watch magazine.