Friday, November 08, 2013
The original A. Lange & Sohne Datograph released in 1999 has been hailed by watch enthusiasts and serious collections as the quintessential chronograph. The watch’s impressive technical features and matching harmonious aesthetics in its dial made the Datograph a classic horology icon. Roughly a decade of unfaltering success afterwards, the nearly 200 year old Saxon watchmaking company took a bold step and reinvented the Datograph with the release of the new A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down Men’s Wristwatch. The uncluttered elegance of the aesthetics and loaded functionality that has made the first model famous remains the essential characteristics of the new Datograph. Noticeably, the newer incarnation bears a bigger case and dial, taking on extra prominence on the wrist while providing its wearer with a much more comfortable fit. The Up/Down designation of the watch is attributed to its new function – a power reserve indicator at six o’clock that reliably shows how much of the 60-hour power reserve there is to spare. This is surely one watch that will never leave you hanging in midstride.
Shreve & Co is an authorized retailer for A. Lange & Sohne.
Friday, September 27, 2013
The Saxonia Annual Calendar Platinum by the Dresden based watch manufacturer A. Lange and Sohne is a modern-classical German watchmaking masterpiece. The reliably durable platinum round case measures a comfortable 38.5mm diameter, making it just the right size for a subtle and sophisticated dress piece. The simple black leather strap and the anti-reflective coated silver dial makes the piece the perfect complement to casual or dressed up attire. But of course, an in the case of every timepiece by the seasoned German brand, Saxonia bears has an equally impressive substance as its form. The calendar watch is composed of nearly 500 individual parts and 43 jewels, and is powered by the Lange Reference L.0851 movement with 46 hours reserve. The movement uses an 18k solid gold bidirectional rotor with lever escapement to power its annual calendar complications, displayed on the sleek dial as familiar subsidiary registers – the subsecond, moonphase, and the month and day calendars.
A. Lange & Sohne pulls off another functionality and form equilibrium with this timepiece, available at Shreve & Co in Portland Oregon.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
“There’s something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: To never stand still.” Walter Lange, great grandson of A. Lange & Sohne founder Ferdinand Lange, lives by this paradigm. With the destruction of the Berlin Wall, Walter spearheaded the relaunch their family’s watch company in Saxony. He was then at his 60’s, the golden period when everyone else started to seriously think about retirement. Not Walter Lange. The reestablishment of the brand not only gave a bright ray of hope to the people of Glashütte but also brought back to life the standards of watchmaking perfection that Ferdinand Lange’s company operated on earlier in history. Now in his 85th year, the patriarch is still involved in many aspects of the A. Lange & Sohne development as a recognized world-leader in haute horlogerie with strong presence in Asia, Europe and the United States.
At Portland, Oregon, A. Lange & Sohne is sold at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. Jewelers.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saxony is steeped in a rich history of prosperity, devastations, recuperations, sophistication, and a fascination with mathematical and scientific instruments. The Saxon watchmaker Ferdinand A. Lange had an equally interesting journey as a watchmaker born in this region. Early on in his career, after his tutelage under masters like Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, Ferdinand Lange had committed to the quest of the “perfect watch”, one he knew he had to create himself. Perfection is an elusive thing, but much excellence had come from this difficult quest as a result. A generation of Langes later, A. Lange & Söhne still designs and engineers watches with the determination to improve precision, enhance legibility, and refine convenience. Every timepiece is an outstanding balance between technical mastery and aesthetic perfection. The brands traditional elements such as the beautifully polished precision index adjuster, the hand-engraved balance cock and the gold chatons give the timepieces unrivalled sophistication while making the clockwork run with easy perfection.
Find the best watches from Saxony’s side of the world at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – an authorized dealer for A. Lange & Söhne.
Friday, June 07, 2013
“Standstill is regression,” says Walter Lange of the premiere German luxury watch manufacturer, A. Lange & Sohne. That is why, in a world where they say nothing is new under the sun, the word innovation has been coined. For the engineers who work on the details and complexities of the A. Lange watches, outstanding engineering is a well-calculated balance between ingenious innovation and honored traditions. The brand places great value in its long and colorful Saxon origins. Every timepiece is designed to uphold the watchmaker’s heritage of excellent complications and elegant aesthetics. At the same time, each design carries a set of enhanced and new features that roll in keeping with the times. Even after almost 170 years of international success, A. Lange & Sohne innovations never come to a standstill.
Check out A. Lange watch collections at authorized dealers like Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, March 15, 2013
A. Lange & Sohne [ah LANG-eh unt ZURN-neh] takes pride in creating matchless complications with Swiss quality and German heritage. The premiere watch maker’s 2013 debuts include the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar watch. If it sounds complicated, it is. The transparent case back reveals a beautifully complex mechanical movement which supports the chronograph’s different functions. On the top side, the solid silver dial is a well-designed maze of hours and minutes, perpetual calendar with date, day, month and leap-year display. For the first time, A. Lange & Sohne ditched its oversized date indicator in favor of a more classic-looking date subdial. Down at six o’clock is the watch’s moonphase indicator. All these intricacies, however, are secondary to the model’s most prominent feature – the Rattrapante or split-second function. The Rattrapante chronograph allows double split-second timing, manipulated by a convenient push-button at 10 o’clock. The 1815 Rattrapante mechanism is housed in an elegant gold or platinum case and leather straps. Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto is an authorized dealer of 1815 A. Lange and Sohne timepieces.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Watch connoisseurs tag Lange 1 as “the most acclaimed mechanical wristwatch of the new era.” This timepiece by renowned German watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne has an outsized double-window date calendar and a power reserve indicator in addition to its off-center, solid silver dial in a yellow gold casing. The sleek and neat design of this leather-strapped wristwatch is a well-crafted proof that tradition and innovation can blend together in style. More so, the extraordinary mechanism of the timepiece is a standing memorial of the A. Lange & Sohne’s legacy of watchmaking prowess and precision. The founder’s great-grandson, William Lange, has been working very closely with Swiss watchmakers but he, himself, developed and assembled the movement for the Lange new era watches. The Lange 1 watch stands for the true timelessness of the human taste and experience. For your own A. Lange & Sohne timepiece, visit Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto - proud dealer for A. Lange & Sohne timepieces.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Since 1845, internationally acclaimed Saxon watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne have been setting industry benchmarks that have wowed and dazzled enthusiasts and collectors alike. Each timepiece is carefully handcrafted to perfection. Each piece represents the pinnacle of haute horlogerie. Most A. Lange & Sohne watches employ mechanical rather than quartz movements with a few exceptions. Their movements are developed, made and assembled by Lange itself. Lange watches use watch cases that are made of gold and platinum. Aside from time-only wound and automatic watches, A. Lange & Sohne also excels at complications that include simple and split seconds chronographs, annual and perpetual calendars, tellers of world-time, and the tourbillion. This 2013 we can expect the same tradition that A. Lange & Sonhe has espoused – a tradition of leadership and excellence. Come be a part of the Saxon tradition of style and precision, all brought to you by the A. Lange & Sonhe. For more of A. Lange & Sonhe, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for A. Lange & Sonhe.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Can you tell time in a more elegant style? A. Lange & Sohne classy timepieces combine fashion with precision manufacturing. Its Saxon origins reveal the brand’s time-honored craftsmanship roots that date back to the days of Augustus the Strong. When founder Adolph Lange created his first A. Lange & Sohne watches in 1868, it quickly established the famed A. Lange & Sohne signature of watchmaking precision with timeless beauty. A timepiece became an accurate mechanism to mark time as it was to announce one’s fashionable arrival. The same dedication to engineering perfection and artistry lives today, spawning a range of A. Lange & Sohne watches that feature, among others, 18k rose gold compartments, silver dials, leather straps, and jewel accents. A. Lange & Sohne movements are in-house manufactured that limits production; thus, watch ownership is reserved to the privileged few. Among its signatures, the Datagraph up/down feature parades a column-wheel control, flyback mechanism, accurate jumping minute counter, and a proprietary oscillation system that set the benchmark for chronograph design. Its 556 components are precisely placed to create a seamless complication that, not only tells people time, but tells that you carry a sophisticated taste for style.
Shreve is an authorized dealer for A. Lange & Sohne.
Image: A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange Zeitwerk