The highlight of A. Lange & Söhne’s 2018 collection, the Triple Split, is the first mechanical split-seconds chronograph anywhere to allow multi-hour comparative time measurements. Additional rattrapante hands on the minute and hour counters make it possible to stop lap and reference times of events that last as long as twelve hours.
You may recall the firm’s 2004 Double Split. That much-heralded timepiece allowed the first comparative measurements with a total duration of 30 minutes. This new watch, with its jumping rattrapante minute counter and a continuous rattrapante hour counter, effectively multiplies the measuring range of the rattrapante function by a factor of 24, says A. Lange & Söhne.
Thus the new watch can be used to time a wider range of events. For example, the Triple Split can compare the times of two opponents in a Formula 1 race, a Tour de France leg or a marathon. It is also possible to add the times of multi-hour events, and any number of lap times can be stopped during an additive time measurement.
This ability moves the discussion of mechanical multiple-event timing to the next level, where for now A. Lange & Söhne sits alone as the masters split-time chronograph technology.
A. Lange & Söhne explains how multiple-event timing works using the Triple Split: “In the passive mode, the respective hand pairs – sweep seconds, minute- and hour-counter hands – are superposed. As soon as the measurement is started, they all begin to run simultaneously until the rattrapante pusher is pressed to freeze intermediate times. The three blued-steel hands stop to display lap times while the seconds hand as well as the minute- and hour-counter hands continue to run and measure the total time. A second actuation of the rattrapante pusher causes the three stopped hands to catch up and synchronize with the running hands that continue to measure the duration of the event.”
The broader range of functions has been achieved with new manufacture calibre L132.1, which requires a case no larger than was used for the Double Split. The case measures the same 43.2mm in diameter, here in white gold. Price: ($147,000) We’ll have more details about this breathtaking watch in the weeks following SIHH.
A. Lange & Söhne expands its thin, dressy Saxonia collection with three new models. Look for an easier-to-read black dial on the new Saxonia Outsize Date ($25,900), while the Saxonia Moon Phase ($29,000) extends the general appeal of this everyday collection with high-precision moon phase indicator. A new dial made of solid silver and coated with a layer of blue goldstone makes the new 39mm Saxonia Thin ($22,000) unusually galactic. The dial appears as a snapshot of a cloudless midnight sky, with tiny copper oxide crystals glimmering as the stars. Beautiful.
Look for two more dial choices within the technically astute 1815 Chronograph collection, which now includes two pink gold models with a choice of black or silvered dials. Each offers column-wheel control, a flyback function and a pulsometer scale within a perfectly proportioned 39.5mm pink gold case. Price: $50,300
Little Lange 1
Colors are the focus of three new Little Lange 1 models. Choose between two white-gold versions with purple or grey dials and a pink-gold version with a brown dial. The purple dial model will be made as a limited edition of 100 available only at the firm’s own boutiques. These are all manual-wind models measuring 36.8mm in diameter, hence the ‘Little’ modifier. Technically and artistically the collection offers just as much to collectors as the larger Lange 1. Price: $34,400.