Artisanal German watchmaker Lang & Heyne – the firm’s output is just 40 watches a year – named its latest watch after a 16th century Duke of Saxony. To be launched at Baselworld 2017, the Georg is the brand’s first rectangular wristwatch, equipped with the admirably rectangular Calibre VIII.
Though simple in function, the Calibre VIII is intriguingly constructed. Most of the movement is revealed, as conventional bridges have been replaced by steel cocks. Elongated with a rounded, black polished top, the cocks hold the wheels of the gear train, while both the barrel and balance bridges are similarly shaped.
The Calibre VIII is hand-wound, with a 55-hour power reserve. Pulling the crown touches a fine lever to the balance wheel, stopping the seconds hand for time-setting. And like all other Lang & Heyne movements, the endstone for the balance staff is a small diamond.
The dial is white fired enamel, with a recessed subsidiary seconds; the seconds disc is a separate piece that’s welded from below to the rest of the dial.
Modelled on 1930s German wristwatches, the case of the Georg has fluted sides and a sloped bezel, along with the signature triple lugs of Lang & Heyne.
The case is 32mm wide and 40mm long without the lugs, which is medium sized by the standards of most rectangular watches. In comparison, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille is marginally smaller, while the largest sized Reverso is slightly bigger.
Price and availability
The Georg is available from Lang & Heyne, or for those in Asia, at Hong Kong’s The Lavish Attic, priced at €26,410 for the rose gold model, €27,830 in white gold, and €33,490 in platinum. Prices do not include taxes.
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