Lang & Heyne Anton
A year ago, Lang & Heyne introduced its first ever rectangular watch – the Georg – much to the pleasure of the world of watchmaking. This year, the illustrious Dresden brand has reached yet another milestone with the new Anton timepiece to be presented at Baselworld. The Anton is the first and currently the only watch from Lang & Heyne to feature a tourbillon – a flying tourbillon no less.
As per Lang & Heyne tradition, the watch is named after a former ruler of Saxony. King Anton (1755-1836) of House Wettin ruled Saxony for 9 years up until his death in 1836. During the revolutionary times in 1830, he acted with cautiousness, tolerance and understanding, thus earning him the cognomen Anton der Gütige, or “Anton the Kind”.
From a design standpoint, the watch itself is essentially the Georg with a flying tourbillon. The oversized sub-dial that was on the Georg is now a cutout on the grand feu enamel dial, revealing a large (11.1 mm in diameter) but majestic flying tourbillon. Apart from providing theatrics on the dial, the tourbillon also indicates the seconds via its lyre-shaped cage. The manually wound Calibre IX housed within the watch has a power reserve of 55 hours while operating at a very traditional 2.5 Hz beat rate. Like the Calibre VIII before it, Lang & Heyne’s latest movement also features steel cocks secured to the base plate with flame-blued screws. The icing on the cake are the two chatoned, brilliant cut diamonds flanking the engraving of the company marquee.
The 40 x 32 x 9.4 mm piece comes in either rose gold or platinum, priced at EUR86,100 and EUR98,700, respectively. The platinum variant comes with rose gold hands and a blue alligator leather strap, making for an interesting colour combination. Meanwhile, the rose gold variant comes with either rose gold or blued steel hands, and a brown alligator strap.
Given Lang & Heyne’s well-deserved reputation for impeccable craftsmanship and finissage, there is no doubt that all eyes will once again be on Marco Lang and his team as they present their latest creation this coming Baselworld.
Dimension without lugs: 40 mm x 32 mm
Height: 9.4 mm
Sapphire glass on top and bottom
Alligator leather strap with shark leather lining
Pin buckle or folding clasp
Water resistant up to 3 bar
Manual winding movement Calibre IX
Length x width: 34 mm x 26.5 mm
Height: 5.5 mm
Frequency: 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz)
Jewels: 17 rubies, 2 brilliant cut diamonds
55 hour power reserve
Indication of hours & minutes, seconds via lyra-shaped cage
Huge flying minute tourbillon, diameter 11.1 mm
Free shockproof gold-screw balance
Rectangular and simple sunk grand feu enamel dial
Art deco numeral with blue accents