It’s been 20 years since A. Lange & Sohne re-invented itself to become one of the most revered manufactures today. At SIHH 2014, they celebrated this with some very interesting pieces.

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The star, the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”

The highlight would have to be the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”. It has a stunning orbital display on the case and is accurate for 1058 years. Not sure anyone would really need this, but its a true testament to Lange’s commitment to fine watchmaking. Let’s start at the back where the interesting part is. Look closely enough, and you’ll find that the celestial disc on the back has more than two thousand individual stars meticulously placed on it. This is not some spruced up moonphase dial, it is an extremely accurate orbital disaply with a day/night indicator. Where is the sun though? well the balance wheel represents the sun. Just like the sun gives life to us, the balance wheel gives life to the movement.

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Beautifully done celestial disk with over two thousand stars

Power reserve for the Terraluna comes in at a whopping 14 days! Due to this and also the celestial disc, the watch is 45.5mm in diameter and 16.5mm thick and the case will come in either white or rose gold. It is quite the watch and definitely a statement piece. On the dial side you have the characteristic Lange date window with three sub dials that intersect. These three dials do make the dial look very busy and you’ll find that the hands sometimes will overlap each other. The leap year indicator is by the small window near the crown, while the date is at the bottom of the dial. Movement decoration is fantastic, we wouldn’t expect any less of Lange.

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Live pics of the Terraluna

The 1815 Tourbillon is another high-end piece for Lange in 2014. Limited to 100 pieces, this classically styled watch is a neat 39.5mm and in the typical 1815 design with the Tourbillon in full view for all to admire. The seconds hand hovers over the Tourbillon itself suspended by the bridge it rests on. This piece comes with a zero reset function which we’ve seen previously on the Sox-O-Mat watches but also a stop Tourbillon. It isn’t an attention grabbing piece, nor does it make many collectors drool. This is simply because the watch stays true to the 1815 design and has not deviated much with the addition of the Tourbillon. It will be a prized watch for some, but also one that others would pass up on for some more interesting watches.

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The 1815 Tourbillon

Lange also released rose gold versions of the  much revered Zeitwerk Striking Time. The Striking Time minute repeater was first unveiled in 2011 in platinum, but this year they have introduced a warmer (and lighter) rose gold version. Not surprisingly, reports are that the sound has changed slightly due to the case material, however we are very certain it still sings a great song.

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The warmer rose gold Zeitwerk Striking Time

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Beautifully formed striking hammers

The next variation is the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. This is a very welcome addition to the Lange 1 family. We haven’t covered the L1 Tourbillon PC before but make no mistake, this is an incredible and rare watch. The month ring is quite a distinctive design trait of this piece, and unlike other Tourbillons, this one is not for show on the front dial. Only the small print “Tourbillon” eludes to the mastery of watchmaking that exists inside. This is a very legible perpetual calendar that takes on the Lange 1 DNA and is definitely a must-have kind of watch.

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The desirable Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

A.Lange & Sohne never cease to amaze us here at Watchonado, we can’t wait for what they will have for watch aficionados at the next SIHH.