When A. Lange & Söhne delivers a brand new watch, there’s an expectation that it will likely be particular, and the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Honeygold Lumen is exactly that. When the watch was introduced, the Zeitwerk Luminous already existed so it appeared that this new Honeygold variant was a mere novelty.
There may be nothing incorrect with that, after all, however the first clue that one thing is amiss right here is that the final time there was a Lumen Zeitwerk — referred to as Luminous then — was 2010. After which there’s Honeygold, A. Lange & Söhne’s proprietary valuable steel alloy, which the model doesn’t use for simply any outdated watch. Peeking out from beneath the tinted sapphire crystal dial is a part of what makes the Zeitwerk Honeygold Lumen actually particular — the all-new manual-winding calibre L043.9.
It is rather like A. Lange & Söhne to introduce a brand new motion in a watch that appears for all of the world similar to the 2010 Zeitwerk Luminous. After all, A. Lange & Söhne didn’t introduce calibre L043.9 on a whim, and it’s certainly a lot improved over that 2010 model. Fittingly, your entire watch has acquired substantial if delicate updates.
The ability reserve has doubled to 72 hours; there’s a fixed pressure mechanism within the image; there’s a push piece at 4 o’clock to set the hours independently; the time bridge has been tweaked; and even the fonts for the numerals are a little bit totally different. That final bit will not be one thing we seen ourselves, however is in reality an assumption carried over from the latest replace to the Zeitwerk assortment within the type of the Zeitwerk Date in 2019.
To backtrack a little bit, the Lumen a part of the Zeitwerk Lumen’s identify tells you that the instantaneously leaping hours and minutes are all handled to beneficiant quantities of luminous materials. The tinted sapphire crystal permits UV mild to cost up the aforementioned coating, and is functionally essential right here. It’s because the three discs that show the numerals don’t spend a whole lot of time in direct mild, and thus there’s a danger of the luminosity displaying inconsistently or certainly in no way with out a way for the discs to be charged up with mild.
From what we all know of a lot of these Lumen shows, the impact beneath the sapphire crystal is definitely extra muted than what you see within the photos right here. For a greater reference, take a look at the video A. Lange & Söhne did for this timepiece with Product Development Director Anthony de Haas deploying his trademark humour whereas demonstrating numerous salient factors in regards to the watch.
So far as normal specs go, the motion has 462 components, the case is 41.9mm, the watch is proscribed to 200 items, and Honeygold is mainly 18-carat gold that may be a little more durable and hotter (to the attention) than plain vanilla 18-carat gold. We sit up for discovering this watch in particular person.
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