When A. Lange & Söhne delivers a brand new watch, there may be an expectation that it is going to 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’s nothing fallacious 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 — known as Luminous then — was 2010. After which there may be Honeygold, A. Lange & Söhne’s proprietary valuable metallic alloy, which the model doesn’t use for simply any outdated watch.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 really 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 identical to the 2010 Zeitwerk Luminous. In fact, A. Lange & Söhne didn’t introduce calibre L043.9 on a whim, and it’s certainly a lot improved over that 2010 model. Fittingly, all the watch has acquired substantial if refined updates.
The facility reserve has doubled to 72 hours; there’s a fixed power 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 slightly totally different. That final bit is just not one thing we observed ourselves, however is in reality an assumption carried over from the newest replace to the Zeitwerk assortment within the type of the Zeitwerk Date in 2019.
To backtrack slightly, the Lumen a part of the Zeitwerk Lumen’s title tells you that the instantaneously leaping hours and minutes are all handled to beneficiant quantities of luminous materials. The tinted sapphire crystal permits UV gentle to cost up the aforementioned coating, and is functionally necessary right here. It’s because the three discs that show the numerals don’t spend a number of time in direct gentle, and thus there’s a threat of the luminosity displaying inconsistently or certainly in no way with out a way for the discs to be charged up with gentle.
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 photographs right here. For a greater reference, try 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 concerning the watch.
So far as commonplace specs go, the motion has 462 elements, the case is 41.9mm, the watch is proscribed to 200 items, and Honeygold is mainly 18-carat gold that may be a little tougher and hotter (to the attention) than plain vanilla 18-carat gold. We sit up for discovering this watch in individual.
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