Symphony in Blue: A. Lange & Söhne Offers Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in White Gold Case & Blue Dial


A. Lange & Söhne unveiled the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, one of the Saxon haute horologer’s most complicated timepieces, five years ago in a platinum case and silvered dial. For this year’s digital Watches & Wonders launch event, Lange finally rolled out a second version, this one in a white-gold case and a vibrant blue dial, housing the same ultra-complex, in-house-developed chiming mechanism as the original.

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater is now available in white gold with blue livery.

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater is the first watch that marries a “digital” time display, with jumping hours and minutes, to a repeater that chimes at 10-minute intervals. The timepiece’s highly legible dial belies the technical complexity behind it. In the classical manner of the Zeitwerk family, which A. Lange & Söhne introduced in 2009, the jumping hours are displayed in a window at 9 o’clock, while the minutes are shown on two disks of different heights at 3 o’clock. Small seconds are at on a subdial at 6 o’clock, and the power-reserve indicator is just below the Lange logo at 12 o’clock. The dial is made of solid silver with a deep blue painting; the “time bridge” linking the hours and minutes displays is made of rhodiumed German silver and the hands are in rhodiumed gold.

The watch features jumping hours and minutes in parallel windows.

Near the bottom of the dial, beneath the hour and minute apertures and flanking the seconds subdial, are two visible, black-polished steel hammers for the minute repeater. When the wearer presses the pusher at 10 o’clock , these hammers strike the gong that encircles the dial. The hours hammer, with a lower pitch, is on the left side; the higher-pitched minutes hammer is on the right. Ten-minute intervals are signaled via a “double tone,” with a lower pitch immediately following a higher one. To experience the maximum duration of the time strike — about 20 seconds — one would activate the chimes at 12:59.

The repeater hammers are mounted in the front of the dial.

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater incorporates several practical safety mechanisms to preserve the integrity of the watch. In addition to a stop-seconds function that enables more accurate time setting, the crown is protected so that it cannot be tampered with while the striking mechanism is activated. Once you press the minute repeater’s pusher, the winding train is uncoupled from the ratchet wheel. This saves energy and protects the winding train from harm. Furthermore, the disks for the jumping hours and minutes will not move while the chime is ringing: the time you hear in your ear will always be consistent with the time you read off the dial.

The watch’s power reserve is displayed at the top of the dial.

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater stores a 36-hour power reserve. The chiming mechanism cannot be engaged in the final 12 hours of that period, since it would drain too much energy from the barrel and jeopardize consistent timekeeping. When the power-reserve indicator’s hand moves past the red dot on its railroad track, the minute repeater can no longer be activated.

The manually wound in-house movement, Caliber L043.5 is visible through the caseback and equipped with a constant-force Swiss lever escapement. In Glashütte style, it is built on a three-quarter mainplate made of German silver. The movement, which is 37.7 mm in diameter and 10.9 mm high, is entirely hand decorated and assembled. The balance cock is also engraved by hand. The balance is shock resistant and uses eccentric weights for fine adjustment. It beats at 18,000 vph. All told, the movement has 771 components, including 93 jewels.

A Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater Going Train 560
The manual-wound Caliber L043.5 is made in-house.

The white gold case of the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, measuring 44.2 mm in diameter and 14.1 mm thick, is presented on a hand-stitched blue alligator strap, echoing the tones of the dial, and fastens to the wrist with a white-gold deployant buckle. The watch is limited to 30 pieces worldwide and priced at 449,000 euros.

SPECS

Manufacturer:A. Lange & Söhne
Reference number:147.028F
Functions:Hours and minutes with jumping numerals display, striking mechanism with decimal minute repeater, subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator
Movement:Lange manufacture calibre L043.5, manually wound, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver; balance and escape-wheel cocks engraved by hand; constant-force escapement; 771 components; 93 jewels; frequency = 18,000 vph; 36-hour power reserve
Case:White gold case, sapphire crystal front and back, crown for winding and setting time, pusher for activating the striking mechanism
Bracelet and cla­­sp:Blue Alligator leather strap with white gold deployment buckle
Dimensions:Diameter = 44.2 mm, height = 14.1 mm
Price:449,000 euros
Limited Edition of 30 pieces
5 Responses to “Symphony in Blue: A. Lange & Söhne Offers Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in White Gold Case & Blue Dial”

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  1. Abraham

    Beautiful watch, but, from the pictures, I have a comment on the design. I feel that the bottom half of the dial is overly large in design compared to the top half. If I were the designer, I would at least have increased the font size of the “A Lange and Sohne” branding in order to achieve a better balance.

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  2. I have the white gold/black dial edition which is my favorite watch. I absolutely love this blue dial minute repeater. I would prefer this limited version in platinum.

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  3. jon messer

    So, just one question? To be ahead of the game should I buy in multiples? It might have the deleterious effect of preventing heirs from attending University for say 3 or 4 generations? BUT, it’s surely one hell of a fine timepiece!

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  4. Rick Jarrell

    The comment about a “Stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp” appears to be in error.

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    • Corey Vlahos

      Hi Rick, we have updated the section, thanks for noticing!

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