A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange "Pour le Mérite"

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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange „Pour le Mérite“ (platinum)
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange „Pour le Mérite“ (red gold)
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Calibre Lange L044.1
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Richard Lange "Pour le Mérite" is a luxury watch by A. Lange & Söhne.

The third Lange wristwatch with a fusée-and-chain transmission is named after Richard Lange, the company founder’s oldest son and technical director of the family business. The extremely demanding complication has the purpose to optimize the precision. It overcomes the greatest disadvantage of the winding train – the unavoidable loss of torque – by intelligently harnessing the principle of levers.

The heart of the watch is the manual winding manufacture movement L044.1.

A further peculiarity is the bright shining, three-part white enamel dial, which is perfectly readable with its slender black Roman numerals for the hours and the small red Arabic numerals for 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes.

This model was presented in the beginning of 2009 in limited edition (in platinum 50, in red gold 200 pieces).

Reference:

260.025 (platinum), 260.032 (red gold)

Movement:

Manual windings manufacture movement L044.1, 21.600 A/h
Fusée-and-chain transmission
Three-quarter plate made of untreated Nickel silver
Decorated and assembled by hand
Precision-adjusted in five positions
Balance as well as escape-wheel and fourth-wheel cocks engraved by hand
Components: 279 (not including the chain with its 636 parts)
33 jewels, 2 in screwed gold chatons
Shock-resistant glucydur screwed balance with poising screws
Balance spring made in-house
Precision beat adjustment mechanism with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve 36 h

Case:

18 ct red gold or platinum
D 40.5 mm, H 10.7 mm
Sapphire crystal
Transparent caseback with sapphire crystal

Dial:

Tree-part enamel dial
Hands: blued steel

Functions:

Hours, minutes, small seconds
Hacking seconds

Bracelet:

Hand-sewn crocodile leather strap with tang-type buckle in platinum or red gold

Limited edition:

Red gold: 200 pieces, platinum: 50 pieces