To commemorate their twentieth anniversary, Lange is releasing the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst. It’s everything you’d expect from Lange and more. Handwerkskunst translates to craftsmanship – and they’ve never lightly used that term (don’t forget this, or this).
Everything about this edition is classic. Theis a round 38.5 mm in platinum; a classic that’s bound to satisfy us all. Then, there’s the classic highly polished bezel with the highly brushed sides; very dressy, very casual and very ingenious. Closer looks are what define Lange’s aptitude in symmetry. Further careful inspection reveals the main dial to be not galvanized silver, but enameled. That explains why the lanced rhodiumed-gold hands vault out more than usual (especially that of the power-reserve indicator at 3 o’clock). Across the bottom, the tourbillon cock is specular polished. Chamfers are gleaming, as is the wide decouverture around the center screw. That other gleaming thing that you see as a tourbillon bearing is a diamond.
If you’re a Lange 1 fan then you’re already sold on this model. But what you’re loving is the grey-on-black outsized date. What else? The circular graining on the circumscribed running seconds at 7 o’clock. Look closer into that seconds dial and you’ll find “Made in Germany” hidden in plain sight.