Introduced in 2016, the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon ranks among A. Lange & Söhne’s most complex watches – together with the 2017 Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Merite and the 2018 Triple Split . Featuring a flyback chronograph, a perpetual calendar with moon phases, an outsize date, and a one-minute tourbillon circumspectly integrated on the back – there are loads of treats in the package. For the SIHH 2019, this model is back with a remarkable combination of a white gold case and a strong pink gold dial – a.k.a Lange’s variant of the salmon dial.
When it was revealed, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon appeared as the uber-form of the mega-variant of the Datograph – which is already quite possibly the most great chronographs on the market. Obviously that this watch is a technical feast and is the tourbillon rendition of the perpetual calendar adaptation of the Datograph. Following us?
The first form of the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon was made of platinum and featured a black dial. For 2019, there’s another shading combination that has never been utilized at Lange – however we’ll return to that later. What about the actual watch? Indeed, to put it plainly, it appears to be rather familiar and resembles a Datograph Perpetual from the dial side. Same indications, same situation of the sub-dials – aside from the particular, linear force hold – and same moon phase at 6 o’clock and outsize date at 12 o’clock. Overall, very few contrasts at first.
What changes, in any case, is on the converse side. Instead of a traditional regulating organ, Lange integrates a one-minute tourbillon. The undeniable reasons for placing the tourbillon on the back is to enhance the neatness and balance of the display and avoid a gaping opening on the signature Datograph dial. Be that as it may, it’s also to hold certain pleasures only for the proprietor of the watch.
Even with such complexity, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon remains relatively compact, with its 41.5mm diameter and its 14.6mm thickness. Not a ultra-meager tuxedo piece, but rather we’ve seen considerably more articulated measurements for a chronograph of this complexity. The base development remains that of the Datograph, yet has been broadly changed to get a tourbillon.
So what’s new about this 2019 Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon? In the first place, this restricted version of 100 pieces is made of white gold, with an earthy colored leather strap and a white gold deployant clasp. The real oddity is the dial, which is currently made of strong pink gold, with a matte, grained surface. This is the first occasion when that Lange utilizes this tone, on top of the current taste for salmon dials. Be that as it may, Lange’s form scores up the extravagance appeal and goes several means further achieving an extraordinary salmon tint from a strong gold dial.
As referenced, the development is the same one fitted in the black dial model. This development is mechanically and visually complex, a miniature city of extensions and parts with lavish decorations. It comprises no less than 729 parts, including 1 diamond endstone for the tourbillon. The calibre L952.2 sees its one-minute tourbillon beating at 2.5Hz and boasts a force hold of 50 hours.
The A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon with Pink Gold dial (ref. 740.056) will be delivered in 100 pieces, estimated at EUR 285,000. More details at www.alange-soehne.com .