Packed with historical references, striking style, spectacular mechanics and uncompromising quality, the new white gold iteration of the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds with its black dial is a watch you will not fail to remember. A watch that respects the past however looks undeniably contemporary, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds marries the tradition of logical observation watches cultivated in Dresden with the spectacle of jumping seconds on the dial controlled by a development supported by constant power escapement, stop seconds, a zero-reset mechanism and a finish of-influence indication.
The Richard Lange assortment was presented in 2006 and named after F.A. Lange’s child who acquired his father’s logical bowed and would proceed to patent 27 creations. The mission behind the Richard Lange assortment was to reconnect with the logical observation watches for which Dresden (and Lange) would become famous. As observation watches, accuracy and the most ideal intelligibility have always been at the heart of this assortment. The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds with its deadbeat seconds complication joined the assortment in 2016 out of a platinum case, trailed by a pink gold model in 2017 , and appears again in 2019 adaptation in white gold.
A 21st-century Regulator Dial
Historical regulator clocks were recognized by their unusual layout with autonomous hour, moment and seconds hands. As reference timekeepers, accurate readings were of the embodiment and to enhance exactness readings, the minutes counter was usually the largest of the three. The dial of the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds has unadulterated Saxon lineage and was propelled by the no.93 regulator pocket watch made by Dresden’s royal watchmaker and astronomer Johann Heinrich Seyffert in 1807. Seyffert’s pocket watch featured three crossing circles, with the largest circle at the top addressing the minutes.
Although many of us are familiar with the elegant minimalism of the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds dial, the dial of this white gold model is extraordinarily amazing. The inky black background combined with the three overlapping white counters, and that daring dash of red, create an altogether different ambience, compared on occasion to the style of the Bauhaus development. It is assertive, masculine, contemporary, exceptionally neat and elegant at the same time. The meeting counters support the ‘logical/mathematic’ nature of regulators and even the Roman numerals on the hour counter are similar to Seyffert’s watch.
The Arabic numerals (15, 30, 45 and 60) on the counter relating to the minutes are chosen in red and the small triangle that appears at the convergence of great importance and moment circles is a finish of-force indicator that changes from white to red when there are ten hours of energy left in the barrel. The hour and moment hands are crafted from strong white gold while the longest hand of them all, comparing to the seconds, is made from rhodium-plated steel with a rhombus-shaped counterweight.
F.A. Lange built up a jumping seconds mechanisms for a pocket watch in 1867, which his children Richard and Emil adapted marginally and petitioned for patent ten years later. What is astonishing to learn is that the absolute first watches fitted with Lange’s patented jumping seconds allowed the large scope seconds hand to be started and halted with a catch, yet couldn’t be focused. This same guideline, portrayed in patent no.182 of 1877, was incorporated in the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” watch.
Also known as seconde morte or deadbeat seconds, a jumping seconds literally bounces 60 stages each moment allowing for exactness time consultations. Similar to the movement of the seconds hand on a quartz watch, a jumping seconds complication makes the hand land solidly and conclusively on the track marking each passing second in the most neat way possible.
Remontoir d’Egalité and Zero-Reset
What makes the development of this watch even more great is that the jumping seconds work is combined with a constant power mechanism as a remontoire and a zero-reset mechanism. Intended to forestall force and amplitude derivations, the spring-controlled remontoir transforms the declining force of the mainspring barrel into identical eruptions of energy that are conveyed to the escapement in one-second intervals. You can read all about the complex mechanics in Xavier’s knowledgeable article on constant power escapement mechanisms here, and in his review of the main Richard Lange Jumping Seconds .
The zero-reset mechanism, which is activated by pulling the crown, means that the seconds hand can be paused and reset at a time signal to achieve to-the-second exactness. At the point when the crown is pulled out, the cam-ready balance wheel is halted and the seconds hand advances to the zero position, much the same as in a chronograph. At the point when this happens, the progression of force from the constant power escapement to the going train has to be hindered and is achieved with a proprietary multi-plate clutch.
The sapphire caseback reveals the large manual-winding development (33.6mm x 6mm), caliber L094.1, with the classic three-quarter plate. Decorated and assembled by hand, the completions are in accordance with Lange’s exacting standards with spans made from German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing, a hand-engraved balance rooster with a floral plan and eight screwed gold chatons. Comprised of 390 parts, the in-house balance spring oscillates at 21,600vph and the capacities – hours, minutes, jumping seconds with stop seconds and zero-reset work, end-of-force indication – will save ideal time for stretches of up to 42 hours.
Case and strap
The white gold case of the watch is identical in size and style to its archetypes and has a moderate diameter of 39.9mm and a tallness of 10.6mm enhancing the watch’s wearability. The watch comes on a hand-sewed black alligator strap with a Lange prong lock in white gold.
Retail cost for the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds in white gold is EUR 71,000 (incl. taxes). For more information, please visit www.alange-soehne.com .