Thirteen years ago the Zeitwerk model was born by the prestigious watchmaking house A. Lange & Söhne from Saxony and today the brand marks the date with the presentation of the second generation of Zeitwerk.
Over another decade, Zeitwerk has known different interactions adding new complications and today it returns to its roots in the form of two variants, one in platinum and the other in pink gold.
The renewed Zeitwerk, which maintains its original lines, now presents some interesting new features. But what really distinguishes this timepiece, is its symmetrical layout consisting horizontally of two jumping hours and minutes windows placed at 9 and 3 o’clock, and vertically by the small seconds and power reserve indicator at 6 and 12 o’clock, all this supported by a central time bridge.
It is on the dial that we can find the first changes, starting with the most apparent inclusion of the red tone in the power reserve indicator that serves to alert when the watch is in the last sixth of its full charge, that is, 12 hours, and less evident the enlargement of the diameter of the sub-dial of the running seconds and with that, the consequent displacement of the inscription “Made in Germany” from the outside to the inside of the sub-dial.
On the outside, the 41.9mm by 12.2mm case, which maintains the original format, also registers two changes, starting with the fluted crown placed at 2 o’clock, which in the previous version worked alone and is now supported by a rectangular pusher placed at 4 o’clock, that allows set the jumping hour through increments of one hour, and the second change is the slimming of the case that goes down from the previous 12.6mm thickness to the current 12.2mm, nothing very significant that could be noticed on the wrist.
It is at the heart of the new Zeitwerk that we can find the new Caliber L043.6, which has as its main dish a renewed barrel that incorporates two mainsprings and thus allows doubling the previous power reserve of 36 hours to the current 72 hours. The new 451-part manual movement that operates at 18,000 Vph can be seen working through the sapphire case back.
Lastly and as previously mentioned there are two variants available, one that comes in a 950 platinum case featuring a silver dial with black-rhodium time bridge and a brown alligator leather strap, and another that comes in an 18K pink gold case featuring a black dial with untreated German silver bridge and a black alligator leather strap.
For all those who already know me a little, you know how much I appreciate the Saxonia brand and Zeitwerk through its jumping hour-and-minute display badges is no exception, and if it weren’t for the price it would almost make me want a 36mm reduced size.
But let’s get down to business, the modifications introduced undoubtedly are points to add, from the dial that becomes even more symmetrical and easier to read, to the improvement of the watch’s functionality by the inclusion of a pusher without compromising the case design and finally the modernization of the movement, which now offers three days of power reserve that allows you to rest on the weekend without worrying that it might stop.
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Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Reference: 142.025 (platinum), 142.031 (pink gold)
Dial: Silver (platinum), black (pink gold)
Case Material: 950 Platinum, 18K pink gold
Case Dimensions: 41.9 mm Diameter, 12.2 mm thick
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: No
Strap: Brown leather alligator strap (platinum), black leather alligator strap (pink gold)
Functions: Jumping hours and minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator
Frequency: 18,000 Vph
Power Reserve: 72 Hours
Price: On request
Limited Edition: No