Introducing the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds in Pink Gold

The austere regulator-style watch now gets a warmer case hue.
Richard Lange Jumping Seconds Pink Gold 2

The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds was a surprise hit when A. Lange & Söhne unveiled it at SIHH last year. Powered by the newly developed cal. L094.1, the watch was platinum, 39.9mm in diameter and told the time with a formal yet rigorously beautiful regulator-style display. Now Lange has unveiled a sumptuous pink gold version.

The dial remains the same: characterised by three intersecting off-centre subdials inspired by  the famous no. 93 regulator pocket watch created in 1807 by Dresden royal watchmaker Johann Heinrich Seyffert. This is the same dial that inspired the earlier Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite and Perpetual Calendar Terraluna.

The only changes on the pink gold model are the hour and minute hands, now in pink gold, complementing the red quarter minute numerals. Apart from the case material and hands, everything else about the watch remains identical to the platinum version.

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds pink gold dial

Just under 12 o’clock there’s a small triangle for the power reserve indication which gradually changes from white to red as the mainspring winds down.

And the highlight of the movement is the jumping seconds complication, displayed on the largest sub-dial with a blued steel hand. Unlike many of deadbeat seconds, this is linked to a constant force mechanism.

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds pink gold back

Specifically, the movement is equipped with a remontoir on the fourth wheel. It’s a tiny spring that equalises torque from the mainspring throughout the course of its 42-hour power reserve. The spring remontoir is re-wound once per second, and its forward jump then propels the seconds hand. This can be witnessed through an aperture on the three-quarter plate where the remontoire is disengaged for rewinding every second via a star wheel on the escape pivot.

The zero-reset seconds mechanism to the left, beside Lange’s signature engraved balance cock.

The jumping seconds is enhanced by Lange’s patented Zero-Reset mechanism. A vertical clutch separates the fourth wheel from the rest of the going train, so when the crown is pulled out, the seconds hand jumps to 12 o’clock, facilitating precise time synchronisation.

Price and Availability

The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds in pink gold is a limited edition of 100 pieces. The watch is priced at €73,000, or S$112,300.


 

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Introducing the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 Small Model

The asymmetric driver's watch in a more manageable size.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 small model 1

Originally available only in a 40mm case that wears larger than the expected, the pleasingly asymmetrical Vacheron Constantin is now smaller and catered for ladies. The Historiques American 1921 Small Model measures 36.5mm square, but is otherwise identical to its larger brother.

The dial remains angled at 45 degrees from the vertical, a feature derived from driver’s watches of the 1920s designed to be easily legible with the hands on the wheel. Both the hands and numerals are Breguet-style, while the dial is a grained silver.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 small model 2

The case is 18k pink gold, with the cal. 4400 inside. It’s a largish hand-wound movement with 65-hours of power reserve that’s also the base movement in the newly unveiled Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 and 1948.

Unusually the American 1921 Small Model is deliver with two alligator straps, one in dark brown with edge stitching and the other in red with a seamless, glued construction. A model with diamonds is probably not too far off.

Price and availability 

The American 1921 Small Model (ref. 1100S/000R-B430) is priced at SFr30,373 or S$42,800. That’s about US$31,000.


 

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Vacheron Constantin Introduces the Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 & 1948

Including one in steel.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1948-5

Vacheron Constantin reproduces, quite faithfully, a quintessential mid-20th century complication with the Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 and 1948. Both based on models produced in the 1940s, the remakes have been given 40mm cases and recently developed movements, but still channel the spirit of the vintage originals convincingly. And unusually for a Historiques model, the Triple Calendrier 1942 is in stainless steel, making it as affordable as such a watch can be.

While not unique to Vacheron Constantin, the triple calendar has a strong historical association with the Geneva watchmaker (as it does with Jaeger-LeCoultre, which supplied the movement blanks to Vacheron Constantin at the time). From the 1940s to 1950s, Vacheron Constantin had various such models in its catalogue (you can see a detailed lineage here), all sharing the classic triple calendar dial layout and powered by the cal. 485 or 495 (built on a LeCoultre ebauche naturally), but differentiated by the artfully sculpted lugs of the case.

The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942

And in modern times, Vacheron Constantin also produced the Les Historiques triple calendar ref. 47050 for a brief spell in the early 1990s, and more recently the chunky but stylish Toledo 1952 as well as the Harmony Complete Calendar, all of which are less remakes than they are vintage-inspired timepieces.

The two new remakes are more convincingly retro. Like the vintage originals, both are powered by similarly movements (based on the cal. 4400) and share the same dial layout, but each is distinguished by different interpretations of “claw” lugs.

Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948


The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 is stainless steel and part of the regular collection, meaning it is not a limited edition. It’s modelled on the ref. 4240 of 1942, and reproduces the original’s key features, namely the “claw” lugs and triple gadrooning on the case band.

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Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 steel 1

As with many vintage remakes, the Triple Calendrier 1942 is fitted with a domed, “box-type” sapphire crystal that mimics the look of the acrylic crystal found on the vintage original.

The ref. 4240

The Triple Calendrier 1942 is available with two dial styles, differing only in the colour of the calendar display, which is in either blue or red. The dial is radially brushed and silvered, while the hands are blued steel and all the markings printed.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 steel 2

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1942 steel 3

The steel case is 40mm wide and 10.35mm thick, giving it rather modern proportions. Inside is the cal. 4400 QC, which can be seen through the display back. The movement is based on the cal. 4400, a hand-wound calibre with a 65-hour power reserve.

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Vacheron-Historique-Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 wrist shot


The Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948, on the other hand, takes its cues from the ref. 4240L of 1948. This is in 18k pink gold, and limited to 200 pieces in each dial style. Each dial variant differs only in the colour of the calendar, again either blue or red, while the rest of the dial remains identical.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1948 1

While powered by the same base movement, a crucial difference between this and the steel 1942 remake is the addition of a moon phase, explaining the cal. 4400 QCL inside, where “L” is short for lune, or moon. Aside from the moon phase, the movement is identical to that in the steel 1942.

Vacheron-Historique-Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948 movement

The ref. 4240L

Also fitted with a “box-type” crystal, the case is again 40mm in diameter, with the same triple banded case middle, but with slightly less pronounced lugs.

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Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1948 2

Being a more upmarket calendar watch, the Triple Calendrier 1948 has a fancier dial than its steel counterpart. The hour markers are applied and made of 18k pink gold, with Romans are the quarters and arrowheads in-between. Similarly, the windows for the day and month are framed in pink gold.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Triple calendrier 1948 3

Price and availability 

The Triple Calendrier 1942 in steel (refs. 3110V/000A-B425 and 3110V/000A-B426) are each priced at SFr20,296 or S$28,600. That’s about US$21,000.

And the Triple Calendrier 1948 in pink gold (refs. 3100V/000R-B359 and 3100V/000R-B422) is limited to 200 pieces in each colour, and priced at SFr36,405 or S$51,300. That’s approximately US$38,000.

Vacheron-Historique-Historiques Triple Calendrier 1942 steel


 

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