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SIHH 2016: A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds with pricing

by Nick Gould on January 19, 2016

A. Lange & Söhne continues to produce new and innovative watches year after year.  For SIHH 2016 they introduce the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, a limited edition of 100 pieces.

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Closeup of the new A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds

The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds has a 39.9mm platinum case.  It utilises the same regulator dial layout as the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite.   The vocal point of the watch is the jumping seconds hand located at the top of the dial.  The hours and minutes are located below to the left and right respectively.  The power reserve indicator is visible through an aperture in the dial where the hour and minute circles intersect.  Ten hours before the power reserve is depleted, will be visible in the apetrure – reminds the owner to rewind the watch.

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The vocal point of the watch is the jumping seconds, indicated by the steeled blue hand.

A one-second constant-force escapement ensures ultimate precision. The jumping mechanism guarantees crisp legibility of the time; it advances the large seconds hand by exactly 60 steps per minute. Thanks to the ZERO-RESET mechanism, equipped with a multi-disc clutch, the watch can be synchronised quickly and comfortably: When the crown is pulled, the seconds hand jumps to the zero position.

Powering the watch is the new L094.1 manufacture calibre. It stands out with an ingenious arrangement that distributes constant-force generation and the seconds jump to two wheel trains, but also allows them to interact. The first wheel train extends from the mainspring barrel to the balance and, in one-second intervals, uniformly delivers energy to the escapement via a constant-force device. Visible through an aperture in the train bridge, the mechanism has a double function: It compensates not only the gradually waning force of the mainspring, but also offsets possible torque fluctuations while the seconds jump is executed. The result is a constant amplitude across the entire power reserve range of up to 42 hours. Superior rate accuracy is guaranteed as well thanks to the balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and the free-sprung balance spring crafted in-house.

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The new L094.1 manufacture calibre, finished beautifully.

Another innovative watch from A. Lange & Söhne that packs technical punch!

It will retail for €78,000 Euros.

We will be going hands on with the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds and the rest of the collection soon, for full reviews.

Here is  official video of Anthony de Haas, director product development, explaining the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds.

For more information please visit A. Lange & Söhne

Technical Specifications

RICHARD LANGE JUMPING SECONDS Ref. 252.025
Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L094.1, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; constant-force escapement with remontoir spring crafted in-house; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts: 390
Jewels: 50
Screwed gold chatons: 8
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant balance wheel with eccentric poising weights; balance spring manufactured in-house with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat-adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 42 hours when fully wound
Functions
Time display in hours, minutes and jumping seconds with stop seconds and ZERO-RESET function; end-of-power indication
Operating elements
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time
Case dimensions
Diameter: 39.9 millimetres; height: 10.6 millimetres
Movement dimensions
Diameter: 33.6 millimetres; height: 6.0 millimetres
Crystal and back: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Case: Platinum
Dial:Solid silver, rhodié
Hands: Hours and minutes in rhodiumed gold, blued-steel seconds hand
Strap:Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, black
Buckle: Lange prong buckle in platinum
Limited edition of 100 watches

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