The Top Of The Top Langer’s Fourth Mechanical ‘medal’

In the morning of October 1994, Mr. Walter Lange, who had just passed his 70th birthday, entered the Dresden Palace with excitement and anxiety, because here, The first watch release conferences following the revival of the Lange brand will be held. They announce that the Lange brand, which has gone through the ravages of war, will return to the hall of fine watchmaking. To this end, Walter Lange and his team spent a lot of money and energy, preparing for a full four years. The first four watches released were all so bold and distinctive that Mr. Walter Lange’s optimism still flashed a little doubt. Could they open up Lange’s situation? Will the Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch with the highest watchmaking standard of Lange make Lange win the market?

The Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ series was first released in 1994
 It turned out that Lange’s first watches were successful at the time, and Mr. Walter Lange recalled that ‘when we saw the participating agents quietly placing orders, it was like a businessman did not want to be seen by his competitors. We were happy with what he bought, but we only had 123 watches for sale at that time. ‘ Since 1994, Lange watches have consistently followed its watchmaking principles: continuous innovation, integration of mechanical science, the use of cutting-edge technology, heritage of watchmaking, uniqueness and tradition. Therefore, for more than two decades, Lange has not only formed quality control concepts such as secondary assembly, but also each watch will be equipped with a redesigned movement.
Pour le Mérite represents outstanding achievement
 As the flagship product of the Lange brand, the ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch represents the most outstanding watchmaking standard of Lange. Since its launch, it has been a hidden nobleman of Lange. Only some senior collectors can treasure it. So what is ‘Pour le Mérite’? Why does Lange’s most unique watch name it? This probably dates back to the 18th century King Frederick II of Prussia. Pour le Mérite is a very famous medal in German history. It represents noble glory and achievement. Founded by Frederick II in 1740, the military system and civilians can be awarded by the king. It is an individual excellence. Affirmation of achievement.

German Pour le Mérite Cross
 In 1842, the famous explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt proposed to the then King of Prussia the Pour le Mérite medal for an independent citizenship system to reward those who made outstanding contributions to science and art. People, and divided this into three categories, this proposal was approved by the king. Alexander Humboldt was not only one of the initiators of this medal, but he was also the first German citizen of the world. His exploration and erudition made outstanding contributions in the fields of natural science and humanities. Therefore, he was also the first in 1842. One of the recipients of the Citizenship Pour le Mérite Medal.

The timepiece made by Seyffert is also the blueprint for the design of the Lange Richard Lange series.
 For the needs of adventure, Alexander Humboldt needed precise timepieces to provide accurate data measurement and time reading, so he became one of the few patrons of German precision timepiece manufacturer Johann Heinrich Seyffert He also went to Dresden to learn navigation techniques such as sextant and barometer. Seyffert is one of the most important promoters of the German precision watchmaking industry. The timepiece made in 1807 is not only equipped with a sesame chain drive system, but also the dial is equipped with three intersecting circles to display the time. As a time reference standard, the second and second design are widely used in watchmaking workshops to adjust new timepieces.

Walter Lange wins first prize of Merit
 Therefore, the Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch is actually full of profound meanings. It not only represents Lange’s unremitting pursuit of the supreme achievements of mechanical watchmaking, but also the outstanding creativity of the watchmakers during the enlightenment of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry Tribute to mechanical structure. In 2015, in recognition of Mr. Walter Lange’s outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck awarded him the first prize of merit.
Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch based on sesame chain drive
 Since the Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch was first introduced in 1994, today Lange has launched a total of four “Pour le Mérite” watches, equipped with different craftsmanship and materials, which has greatly enriched this unique collection. But it has kept its rarity. In 2005, based on the 1994 Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch, the brand was loaded with one of Lange’s important functions-timing, and introduced the advanced and complex Tourbograph ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch. Eleven years later, the second ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch was launched, pushing Lange again to the highest realm of mechanical watchmaking with extreme simplicity and mechanical precision.

Four Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ watches
 In 2009, Lange rendered magical colors to the ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch series. For the first time, Richard Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ was added to the series in tribute to Mr. Richard Lange, the outstanding watchmaker in the history of the Lange brand. Watch. This watch is designed with the extremely simple small three-pin design, which hides its most unique side in the movement, and you can only see its true appearance by turning over the case back. In 2011, Lange’s fourth ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch was launched, and the Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch was equipped with Lange’s patented stop-second tourbillon and Richard Lange’s three-needle original design.

Clockwork energy release curve
 In fact, the birth of the first “Pour le Mérite” watch has set a unique standard for the Lange “Pour le Mérite” series. It is distinguished by its sesame-chain power transmission system (fusée-and-chain mechanism). All the classic Lange models are also different from most masterpieces in the world’s fine watchmaking halls, so it naturally became the darling of collectors at various auctions. The sesame chain transmission system is a treasure in the history of mechanical watches for hundreds of years. The wise predecessors of watchmaking, in order to solve the problem of unstable power transmission in mechanical watches, ) Changes in torque, a set of matching pagoda wheels and miniature chains are designed to balance torque changes at full power and weak power to ensure constant power output. Although the sesame chain transmission system has a complex structure, it has excellent performance. Therefore, no matter how the world’s mainstream timepiece format has changed for hundreds of years, sesame chain has never withdrawn from the historical stage.

Lange sesame chain drive system
 However, the extremely small space of mechanical watches requires more complex structures and must be miniaturized, which is the biggest problem of the sesame chain drive system in watches. Miniaturization not only requires the support of cutting-edge micro-electromechanical science, but also needs to consider the multiple balances of power, structure and aesthetics in micro-mechanical watchmaking. A watchmaker can do this job.
The thoughtful design of the Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch
 In 2011, Lange launched the fourth ‘Pour le Mérite’ series watch-Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’, available in 18K rose gold (760.032) and platinum (760.025), of which platinum is limited to 100 pieces . In 2014, Lange introduced the Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch in white 18K white gold, model 760.026 during the ‘Clocks and Miracles’ exhibition. The three materials of the Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’ are derived from a watch, that is, a timepiece made 200 years ago by Dresden watchmaker Johann Heinrich Seyffert, not only with its three hands The separated design is based on the model, and it also inherits the sophisticated mechanical structure of this pocket watch, the sesame chain transmission system, which can provide constant power for the watch.

 In 2011, when Lange launched the fourth ‘Pour le Mérite’ series watch, the famous collector Peter Chong released a limited edition book, which recorded four Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ watches. And the history and internal collaboration of the Lange Manufacture, in this book A. Lange & Sohne: The Pour le Mérite Collection, Peter Chong showcases the ultimate in Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’ watches Details and operating principles, as well as the key problem of the sesame chain transmission system: how to ensure that each chain link is sensitive but not loose.

A. Lange & Sohne: The Pour le Mérite Collection and the 2011 Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch
 In addition to this complex transmission mechanism representing Lange’s mechanical achievements, the Lange Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch also uses many patented designs at the same time. The stop-second tourbillon is a complex structure with a special meaning of Lange. Although the stop-second balance is no longer a problem, the design of the tourbillon can be precisely stopped. The delay has not appeared. Lange solved this problem very cleverly. Through a metal ‘clip’, when the crown is pulled out, the metal ‘clip’ will be tightened, thereby stopping the balance wheel inside the tourbillon to realize the stop-second function of the tourbillon. At this time, in order not to damage the balance wheel due to long-term use, the material, elasticity and surface of the metal ‘clip’ need to be carefully treated to ensure moderate force.

Lange L072.1 manual movement
 In addition, because the hours, minutes, and seconds dials overlap each other, there is an objective contradiction between fully displaying the tourbillon and the hour dial. To this end, the Lange designer ingeniously designed a special design at the bottom of the hour dial that only marked Ⅷ Ⅸ XX ‘three Roman numerals. When the hand was between 12 and 6 o’clock, the vacant area of ​​the disc was in the position of the tourbillon. In this way, the Lange patented tourbillon could be fully displayed. When the hands were between 6 and 12 o’clock, the Roman numerals of the disc appeared in the tourbillon area, blocking part of the tourbillon, but it could clearly indicate the hour. In order that the disc does not affect the simplicity of the disc during the switching process, this disc will appear in the form of a jump. This operation is driven by a precise switching device, and the disc will instantly rotate 90 degrees every 6 hours.

Hidden dial jumps 90 degrees every 6 hours
 As the Lange flagship model, the Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch also features Lange’s signature wide 3/4 splint, made of untreated German silver, the surface is carefully polished, and it is equipped with a gold sleeve , Blue steel screws, tourbillon frame with black polishing and other elements, and hand-carved balance wheel plywood. This extremely complex L072.1 movement has a total of 987 parts, including 351 movement parts and 636 sesame chain drive train components. The thickness of the sesame chain drive chain is only 0.25 mm.

Diamond-embedded tourbillon bearing L072.1 movement pays tribute to the quality mark of the ‘1A’ Lange premium pocket watch
Summary: The revival of mechanical watches has allowed many previously silent functions and mechanical structures to regain vitality. Lange has unprecedentedly reduced the complex and ‘huge’ structure of sesame chain to the case between square inches. It was the pinnacle of Lange at the time, and it is still a rare collection of Lange to this day. The Lange Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” watch is full of historical sentiment, adhering to the brand’s innovative spirit, the sophisticated mechanism is presented with precise time indication, making it a watch that many collectors aspire to.

Chen Daoming’s Trip To Switzerland Tag Heuer Tag Heuer Watchmaking Workshop

In March 2013, La Chaux-de-Fan in Switzerland ushered in an unusual guest. He visited Switzerland several times, but he stepped into the heart of Swiss watchmaking for the first time. Watch, but for the first time assembled the movement; he loves sports cars, but for the first time in the world’s latest environmentally friendly sports car TESLA shuttle in the Swiss valley. To him, this trip to Switzerland was like a shuttle journey, traveling between ancient watchmaking technology and modern avant-garde technology. One will visit the ancient watch museum, one will visit the modern movement workshop, one will He will listen to more than eighty elderly tell stories of the family’s watches and clocks, and imagine the future with the passionate president. He is Chen Daoming, China’s premier performing artist, and TAG Heuer’s global image ambassador.

Proud of the Calibre 1887

 The first stop of Chen Daoming’s trip was the TAG Heuer watchmaking workshop in La Chaux-de-Fin. Entering the workshop, the first thing that catches the eye is the car map of the Carrera Pan American Mexico Road Race. This year is the brand Carrera series. On the 50th anniversary of the birth, as a loyal supporter of the Calera series, Chen Daoming spent a long time in the R & D, design and manufacturing department of TAG Heuer’s self-made Calibre 1887 movement. Calibre 1887, a self-made movement is a symbol of strength for a professional watchmaking brand, and now he is very fortunate to be able to see the production process of this movement with his own eyes. While surprised, he is also interested in assembling the movement. Eager to try. So under the guidance of a professional watchmaker, Chen Daoming put on a professional magnifying glass and carefully assembled small parts with tweezers. He said afterwards: the assembly of the movement is really a complicated and tedious process. The first is assembly, because The parts are very small, and it is easy to miss them if they are not careful, and each part has its inherent position, and a small position shift will cause the entire movement to not work. The second is testing. After assembly, he visited the entire watch testing process, from compression resistance, shock resistance, water resistance to buckle opening. He originally heard about the finished watch test, but really saw him step by step. The completion of the ground is still a bit shocking, he said that the watch is really a masterpiece of human handicraft, and the Swiss have taken this craft to the extreme.

 Chen Daoming visited the TAG Heuer watchmaking workshop and tried to assemble Calibre 1887

TAG Heuer 360 Museum-a pioneering work of time and space art

 After the tour of the movement factory, the second stop came to the heart of TAG Heuer-360 Museum, in order to better tell the 153-year history of TAG Heuer TAG Heuer, the fourth generation of TAG Heuer TAG Heuer, Jack Heuer Mr. Chen Daoming was accompanied by Mr. Chen Daoming to visit, and with the antique watch in front of him, Mr. Jack Heuer told the story of the family.

 The TAG Heuer 360 Museum was designed and constructed by Eric Carison at the Paris Carbondale Architects, UCKSSCENO, which specializes in screen and museum design, and the TAG Heuer internal team. The inspiration of this extraordinary design comes from the magical and inaccessible space between the dial and the mirror. The hands of time are driven by the mysterious power inside. This space contains mysterious colors and the mystery of science. It is integrated into one of the three major architectural elements and constitutes a wonderful space of 200 square meters in the museum.

 Chen Daoming visited the 360 ​​Museum under the leadership of TAG Heuer’s fourth-generation heir Jack TAG Heuer

 At the end of this journey, TAG Heuer prepared a special gift for Mr. Chen Daoming-Monaco V4 platinum fine watchmaking, and engraved the phonetic alphabet of his name on the dial to thank him for his continued support for the brand. Monaco V4 is a fine watch made entirely by hand, selling only 150 pieces worldwide. Drow’s extraordinary appearance complements its innovative revolutionary internal movement. Each complex surface and double-sided corners are finely polished to meet the highest standards of high-end watchmaking, showing a unique luxury. Through this trip to the watchmaking workshop, the friendship between Chen Daoming and the brand has further sublimated, and he has fully understood the watchmaking technology and rapid development of the TAG Heuer brand over the past 153 years. Chen Daoming said that he would like TAG Heuer ‘Innovation and avant-garde’ is passed on to those who are brave enough to challenge the limits, possess unique tastes and continue to climb the pinnacle of success, encouraging more elites in the new era to create myths belonging to this era with their faith and never giving up.

Vacheron Constantin New Malta Series Tourbillon And Small Model

Vacheron Constantin The Malte Malte series interprets its iconic tonneau-shaped appearance through a variety of modern designs, showing the beauty of simple aesthetics and unique style. The two new releases this time-the prestigious tourbillon timepiece with a rock grey dial and the ladies’ watch with a pure mother-of-pearl dial and a fuchsia shiny strap-are highlighted by a beautifully curved pink gold case For its exquisite, extraordinary, noble and excellent temperament.

Since its inception in 1912, the charismatic barrel-shaped appearance has run through Vacheron Constantin’s design aesthetic tradition. At that time, the brand, as a pioneer in the industry, boldly adopted this unique design, which made the watch look beyond the traditional style of pocket watches. The unique curved design that perfectly fits the wrist is presented wonderfully through the Malte series, deducing low-key but exquisite men’s and women’s timepieces. In 2012, the design aesthetics of the Malte series were remodeled, and the modern lines are pure and simple, once again highlighting the unique and original temperament of the series.

Malte Tourbillon Maltese, 18K 5N pink gold case, rock grey dial
The only model of the tourbillon-shaped tourbillon watch certified by the Geneva Seal, this fine watchmaking model is 38 x 48.2 mm in size, water resistant to 30 meters, and has a beautiful 18K 5N pink gold case . The sophisticated rock-gray sandblasted dial with 11 bar-shaped hour markers and a pink gold Roman numeral hour-marker highlight the stylish design. At 6 o’clock, the Maltese cross-shaped tourbillon frame not only gives the timepiece a unique personality, but also demonstrates the extraordinary fine polishing and finishing skills on each movement part. The hour and minute hands slightly offset from the center and the low-frequency (18,000 times per hour) movement make the tourbillon window with a countdown function clearer and more flexible. The barrel-shaped 2795 movement has a total of 169 parts. This manually wound mechanical movement was developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin with a power reserve of about 45 hours.

Malte Maltese model, 18K 5N pink gold case, mother-of-pearl dial
The new Malte small model uses a pure white mother-of-pearl dial and a fuchsia shiny strap, giving it a soft and delicate temperament. The smooth and beautiful 18K 5N pink gold barrel-type case is equipped with a manual winding mechanical movement certified by the Geneva Seal, showing a simple and elegant design style. The slender hands slide slowly past the slightly arched mother-of-pearl dial and ten slender pink gold applied indexes. The two iconic Roman numeral hour markers of the series are located at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, a perfect fusion of classical and modern aesthetics. The 28.4 x 38.7 mm case is also equipped with low-key elegant lugs and a sapphire crystal case back. It is water-resistant to 30 meters. It has a built-in manual winding movement 1400 AS developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. The movement has 98 parts and a power reserve of about 40 hours. It is used to drive the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The beautiful curve of this watch fits gently on the slender wrist and complements the bright light emitted by the fuchsia shiny alligator strap.
Malte Tourbillon Technical Specifications
Model: 30130 / 000R-B289, certified by the Geneva Seal
Movement: 2795 is a self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. It has a thickness of 27.4 x 29.3 mm (12¼ x 12¾ law minutes), a thickness of 6.1 mm, a power reserve of about 45 hours, and a vibration frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 times per hour). 169 parts, 27 gems
Display function: hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon frame, tourbillon
Case: 18K 5N pink gold, 38 x 48.2 mm, thickness 12.7 mm, transparent sapphire crystal case back, waterproof to 3 bar atmospheric pressure test (about 30 meters)
Dial: slate-gray sandblasted, minute markers drawn, 11 bar-applied hour-markers and 18K 5N pink gold-applied Roman numerals
Strap: Black double layer Mississippi alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, riding stitching, large checkered
Buckle: 18K 5N pink gold folding buckle, polished half Maltese cross design
Accessories: with a magnifying glass
Malte Small Series Technical Specifications
Model: 81015 / 000R-B282, certified by the Geneva Seal
Movement: 1400 AS was developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, with a self-winding mechanical movement with a diameter of 20.65 mm (9 legal minutes), a thickness of 2.6 mm, a power reserve of about 40 hours, a vibration frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 times per hour), 98 Parts, 20 gems
Display function: small hours and minutes at 6 o’clock
Case: 18K 5N pink gold, 28.4 x 38.7 mm, thickness 7.72 mm, transparent sapphire crystal case back, waterproof to 3 bar atmospheric pressure test (about 30 meters)
Dial: white mother-of-pearl, 10 applied bar-shaped hour markers and 2 18K 5N pink gold Roman numerals
Strap: Fuchsia shiny Mississippi alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, checkered
Buckle: 18K 5N pink gold folding buckle, polished