It’s T-minus one week until the kickoff of WatchTime New York, America’s biggest luxury watch event, and we are nearing the home stretch in our series of articles spotlighting notable pieces from all 31 of the exhibiting brands. Today we turn our attention to another first-time WTNY participant, German boutique brand Lang & Heyne, and its elegant Georg Caliber VIII model.
Like all timepieces made by the Dresden-based manufacture founded in 2001 by Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne, this watch is named for a historical ruler of Saxony, which is now known to watch aficionados as the hotbed of German haute horlogerie. This model’s namesake is George, Duke of Saxony, known as “George the Bearded” (1471-1539). Its sharply angled curved rectangular case, offered in either rose gold or platinum, measures 40 mm by 32 mm in diameter and a svelte 9.4 mm thick, with sapphire crystals over the top and bottom, and is held to the alligator leather strap by distinctive, curved triple lugs.
The watch’s sunken enamel dial is accented with black, blue-accented, Art Deco-style Arabic numerals for the hours, which are swept over by golden hands, and notable for its small-seconds subdial, whose unusually large diameter of 14.5 mm lends extra prominence to the passing of the seconds. Inside the case and on full display behind the caseback crystal is the manual-winding Caliber VIII, with golden wheels, lever, and springs; stainless steel bridges and cocks with domed tops and polished stone countersinks; and a combination of matte and polished surfaces throughout. The movement, which is equipped with a stop-seconds function, includes 20 total jewels (19 rubies and 1 diamond), beats at a frequency of 18,000 vph, and stores a power reserve of 55 hours.
The rose-gold version of the Lang & Heyne Model Georg Caliber VIII (pictured above) comes on a burgundy alligator leather strap, while the platinum version (below) comes on blue alligator leather. Both straps have a sharkskin inner lining and both can be customized with either a pin buckle or a folding clasp. Interested in seeing this very exclusive watch and its beautifully executed movement up close? Order your tickets now for WatchTime New York 2018, on October 26-27 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan.