AN IN DEPTH REVIEW OF THE LANGEMATIK ANNIVERSARY

Dec 08, 2008,06:56 AM
 



You may imagine how great and intense is my pleasure to introduce you this important watch, for Lange: The Langematik Anniversary.

This is an important watch because with its release, Lange wanted to celebrate an Event, and to give an Hommage to the Tradtional Horological Craftmanship.

1/ The Event: The 10 years of the rebirth of this prestigious Manufacture.

10 impressive years!

Beside the " Current" ( if we can call a Lange Watch " current " ), production, there were some exceptionnal Releases, true technically and esthetically MASTERPIECES, as the:

Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite ( 1994 ) :

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Lange 1 A, in 1998, which is a Lange 1 with a dial in 18 Carat Gold stunningly guilloched.

1815 Moonphase, Aka Tribute to Emil Lange, in 1999, for the 150th Anniversary of Emil Lange Birth :

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The Datograph, in 1999...Do I have to say one of the very best Chronos in the World?

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The Lange 1 Tourbillon, in 2000:

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And, in 2000 too, this Langematik Anniversary, for the 10 years of the re birht of the Manufacture...

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A very interesting thing isto have in mind that Lange released their first watches only in 1994, so, 4 years after the re birth of the Manufacture, as an obvious sign that they take their time, without counting, to be sure to make the best watches!

2/ The Hommage to the Tradition and the Fine Craftmanship:

Even if not the most complicated watch, of course, this Anniversary is actually a perfect summary of the best horological refinements.

The Dial is a pure marvel od Tradition!

" XII " in Red:

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Big Roman Numbers, hand painted,

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" Chemin de Fer " indexes with a Losange to ponctuate each quarter " 12 ", " 15 ", " 30 ", " 45 ", and a triangle to ponctuate each " 5 ".

" IIII " instead of " IV ", as it was used on Old Pocket Watches, but also enamel dial, and heated blue hour, minutes, and small second hands, which gives a warm depht, and contrast to the dial.

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And a last one ot give you a view on the warmth and the depht of an enamel dial...

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We can also speak of sweetness, as the light cherishes with subtlility this enamel dial!

The Movement is not less interesting!

1st of all, it is exceptionnaly finished, as every Lange movement, of course less exciting than the Datograph Movement which is on the top of the movements ever produced .

Anglages, perlages, polissages, Cotes de Geneve, all is here, nothing is missing!

The 3 Quarter Rotor is made of precious metal: Gold, and in its outside part, in platinum, exceptionnaly finished.

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Screwed Gold Chatons:

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Here a pic of these Chatons taken from the Lange Web site...

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Hand Engraved Balance Cock, and nicely executed Swan Neck...

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These 2 Following pics are taken from the Lange Website..

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This is an exceptionnal play of light, levels, materials...

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All these detailed are perfectly and harmoniously integrated, for the greatest pleasure of our eyes...

Then, it is also a mechanically interesting movement, as Lange gave him the 0 Reset Mechanism.

Pull the crown as if you want to set the hour, and the Second Hand automatically comes to " 0 "...Which allows a perfect and accurate setting of the Hour.

Here, an illustration taken on the Lange Web site :

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The movement is the Cal Lange 921. 7, Saxo Mat, beating at 21 600 vibrations per hour, which equipped the Langematik, and now the Saxonia, and the Langematik Perpetual ( with an additional compication, of course, for this last one ).

3/ The watch in itself:

As previously said, the Langematik Anniversary is the simpler LE released by Lange, mechanically speaking, but not the less interesting.

Here, in situation with the other nice LE, The Hora Mundi Set...

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Its sobriety contributes to its strenght, its purity, which are hidden, not to say reserved to the " Connaisseurs " or true lovers.

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The case, too, offers some nice refinements inherited from the past, with a blend of polished and brushed parts, as you can see on the 2 following pics:

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You see?

Polished platinum on the top of the case, brushed on the sides...

Another nice example of the Horological Tradition.

Comparing the Anniversary to the Datograph, I'd say that the Anniversary has maybe more Homogeneity:

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The lugs and the bezel are thinner, and reported to its smaller case, the Anniversary has quite perfect proportions and volumes, while the bezel of the Dato is a bit too thick and big, IMO.

The diameter of the case is 37mm, and the thickness around 9mm.

Under different angles, the Beauty and the Purity is here, enhancing the Balance of the Anniversary...

No need to use many counters, indicators, hands, or whatever...Its basic simplicity is like a niece come back, or a True Hommage to Watchmaking...

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Here, in situation...

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The use of a sapphire case back was an excellent idea, as the view of the movement is worth it, and the writing is not too much....

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2 nice movements: The Dato, on the background...

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The sense of perfection goes till the strap, a good quality black crocodile, with a very nice platinum simple Buckle, which is, IMO, better than a folding buckle, on a dressy watch, .

Here, a view focusing on the movement:

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And here, focusing on the buckle.

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Needless to say that the Anniversary is as comfortable as it is very pleasant to wear, with Casual or Dressy suits, all is good!

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This LE from 2000 was made in 500 pieces, from 2000 to 2004.

So, to conclude now that I killed the bandwith with my prose and my pics, I'd say that this is exactly the kind of watch that I would love to see Lange release in the Future, strong, simple, and beautiful.

Hoping that you had pleasure to view it,

Best.

This message has been edited by AnthonyTsai on 2008-12-14 10:56:49


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Bravo mon ami!

 
 By: BluNotte : December 8th, 2008-07:14
A spectacular report! Indeed, each time you do these giant reviews of yours, with perfect photos of which i can never dream of posting, i can see why you are a super moderator! Thanks for sharing the dream with people like me who could never get the watch... 

Stephen, believe me, Rules are made to be broken !

 
 By: amanico : December 8th, 2008-23:38
And that's the lawyer who is speaking...LOL Seriously, I hear your point, and yes, like you I prefer some complications intheir mechanical versions, rather than on an Automaitic movement, as for the Chronos, for example. But I also think that osme watches... 

Well mon ami

 
 By: BluNotte : December 9th, 2008-06:40

Excellent Nicolas, thank you. [nt]

 
 By: cc : December 8th, 2008-07:19
No message body This message has been edited by cc on 2008-12-08 07:21:33

Thanks a lot, cc!

 
 By: amanico : December 8th, 2008-23:38

Another very nice one

 
 By: Spiff : December 8th, 2008-07:36
Good catch Nicolas!

Excellent work.

 
 By: BHK9 : December 8th, 2008-07:47
Hi Nicolas, I salute you...being a watch lover,moderator and even a writer of each and every watch you own and able to elaborate it in depth regardless of brand.....what a passionate fellow you are.I salute you! I am totally agree with you on your last pa... 

Stunning report Nicolas. Thanks! [nt]

 
 By: Bonatto : December 8th, 2008-08:10
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Thanks a lot, Bonatto!

 
 By: amanico : December 8th, 2008-23:46

Absolutely Gorgeous watch...if

 
 By: CL : December 8th, 2008-08:12
the crown is bigger, it will be the absolute perfect watch , in my book *CL

Interesting point, CL

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-03:35
Are 37mm too small? It depen ds on the proportions of the watch, my friend. For such a classic and elegant watch like this one, I find this is the perfect size. Look at the PP Calatrava, some are even smaller, and they actually are appealing, dangerously ... 

Another great review Nicolas!

 
 By: fernando : December 8th, 2008-08:19
I am catching the Lange bug as well. Two great pieces you have there, both of which are iconic in their own way.I just wish you would slow down a little bit so that some of us can keep up with the pace you're setting.LOL I hear you have something else on ... 

LOL, Fernando!

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-03:46

thanks ....

 
 By: simplicity : December 8th, 2008-08:38
for sharing . great review for a great watch; this Lange Anniversary is truly gorgeous with that enamel dial je ètre très vraiment content pour vous .LOL pépégui

Merci, mon pépéguy.

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-03:58

Hmm, be careful

 
 By: Jester : December 8th, 2008-09:06
with what you wish for!

Great review ....

 
 By: bimbeano : December 8th, 2008-12:15
... of a Lange i handled in the flesh ... indeed it is one homogenic (am i spelling this correct ..??? ) watch .... Your pictures say a lot, but seeing it in the flesh is even better,as with most of your beauties. Now, the point is: I will PM you my home-... 

Aaah, my " Lange " friend

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-04:03

Un reportage exceptionnel

 
 By: PET- : December 8th, 2008-13:47
c'est le meilleur reportage que je n'ai jamais vu à propos d'une horloge Lange, mon ami Nicolas. I`m impressed. Thanks very much. With your permission I`ll take the Link to Relojes especiales forum.

Great mon ami!!!

 
 By: E.J. : December 8th, 2008-13:51
A really pleasure see it in the flesh. Thanks my friend. Really a impressive watch. Congrats for this great review, as always! Best...... from Paris!!! LOLOL Emilio

Congrats for this great review my friend !

 
 By: foversta : December 8th, 2008-14:00
This Langematik is superb, the enamel dial gives a classy touch to the watch. Another masterpiece from Lange. Fr.Xavier This message has been edited by foversta on 2008-12-08 14:01:18

Yes the best

 
 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : December 8th, 2008-14:26
dress watch there is for me and I know I'm boring but thank you for this great reviews which bring this special nudge to this forum and to show that I'm reading all of them throughout I think that a lapsus calami (or better lapsus keybordi LOL) is in your... 

Beautiful! The big interest of the move is the Gold/platin Rotor who brake the traditional

 
 By: pifpaf : December 8th, 2008-14:42
austerity of the bridge of Lange1.... The perfect "email" dial, who make a good alternative to the too sad Lange1 dial. During the reading of this rewiew, i Listen that: www.youtube.com A good moment of classical pleasure. This is a great rewiew, fot a gr... 

Thanks, Malik.

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-05:49
Well, I was used to live with another comparison, about movements...The one of the Dato, which is a Bomb! So I was more sceptic about the caliber of the Anniversary. But I gave some time to appreciate it ,ad now I really enjoy this 3 Quarter Rotor, and th... 

Nicolas, beautiful photographs in quality and remarkable points

 
 By: timerider : December 8th, 2008-15:14
of view. You had me in a dream state after the first picture. Thanks for the contribution. Best, Tim

Great review Nicolas

 
 By: moc : December 8th, 2008-16:16
Wow more than I expected but we couldn t expect any less......Watchmaking purity...Still I d love to know a bit more about the graphic choice of the LA s dial.They created without any doubt a stunning dial ,a succesful blend of harmony and simplicity.I wo... 

Well, Mo

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-06:51
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Great review, Nicolas!

 
 By: Stefano : December 8th, 2008-19:18
I enjoyed the photos and the text as it gave a good sense of what this watch is all about. Gorgeous watch and congratulations again, you are obviously a proud owner. Stefano

Thanks, Stefano!

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-06:54

My friend..

 
 By: Quan : December 8th, 2008-19:38
you did another great report, very dangerous to the pocket .... LOL

Thanks for the GREAT review...

 
 By: Rob : December 8th, 2008-21:53
and also for reminding me on what is filed in my mind as one of my "top THREE most wanted watches but unable to get for one reason or another" category. A TRUE gem in every sense of the word. Hope Lange comes out with something similar or better soon enou... 

Thank you Nicolas: A wonderful article indeed!

 
 By: rwk : December 8th, 2008-23:18
I concur, Lange should re-release this piece @ 40 mm with a manual wound movement. Cheers! -- Richard.

Not sure that 40 mm would fit better, Richard.

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-11:50
If you consider the whole volume of this watch, a bigger diameter would enhance the thickness, the bezel, and at the end, maybe it will loose it perfect balance, as it often happens when you amplify an original design. See for example the RO from AP, and ... 

Nicolas, I think our friends at Lange

 
 By: rwk : December 11th, 2008-01:27
could keep the dimensions in perfect balnace to 40,0 mm. I must admit to liking larger watch diameters, with this IWC 5002 strapped to my wrist today! Best My Friend, -- Richard.

You are a very lucky guy Nicolas....

 
 By: samwan : December 9th, 2008-02:47
I bid for this watch twice in auctions but was unsuccessful both times. Perhaps I'll get lucky the third time around, especially in prevailing market conditions. Really marvellous work! Best, Sam

I know what you mean, Sam

 
 By: amanico : December 9th, 2008-13:31

2001 Lange platinum tourbillon: Best watch ever

 
 By: MichaelC : December 9th, 2008-06:21
No criteria; that is just the greatest watch I have ever seen. Thanks for the thoughts and pictures Nicolas... Happy Holidays my friend

another beautiful review, thanks Nic.

 
 By: Stefan : December 9th, 2008-08:11
thanks Nic, these watches are the one that I like too.

Thank you for this (another) perfect work. [nt]

 
 By: Mecanico : December 9th, 2008-10:14
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Thanks for the wonderful review of the great Anniversary

 
 By: schen : December 9th, 2008-10:27
As you probably already know, this is my number 1 all time favorite watch. Glad to see it in this great post.

Nicolas, a great pleasure to view this post...

 
 By: Tim Jackson : December 9th, 2008-15:04
By now you know of my love for enamel dials, especially white with roman numerals! This is one of the pieces that has so far eluded me...I do love it and it is my favourite Lange made so far. A super post, your pictures do it great justice, Cheers, Tim

How I understand you, TIM!

 
 By: amanico : December 10th, 2008-02:51

Great review of a wonderful watch. I have always had a very

 
 By: 219 : December 10th, 2008-01:07
soft spot for Lange and their tour de force technical ability, but I have also had a very soft spot for this subtle, elegant, and understated watch. Excellent review and a watch that I still have on my wish list. Thanks for the review Nicolas - if the wat... 

A throughly detailed and beautifully written review.......

 
 By: Topcat30093 : December 10th, 2008-03:23
With some of the most detailed photos that I have ever seen. Thank you for such a brilliant article. Tony

Thank you Nicolas for this great post ...

 
 By: -=EHH=- : December 10th, 2008-13:05
it was fun reading it and the images you shot of the Anniv. are stunning! I agree with your remark about the tang buckle being a better match for this watch but ... I cant live w/o deployants :-D I hope this watch will give you lots of good moments! Best,... 

i really like the red @12

 
 By: rijowysock : December 10th, 2008-15:45
just makes the watch look that much better..amazing how a touch of red can add so much character

One more...

 
 By: moc : December 12th, 2008-11:03
In the aftermath of one of the greatest posts IMHO,just one more thing.For all of us who like bigger size watches and commented on the size of the LA,I think that a future and possible LE of the Richard Lange in the same spirit of the Langematik A would b... 

It would be marvellous, Mo

 
 By: amanico : December 12th, 2008-16:24
And a nightmare for me, as I would have to add it to my collection. LOL Yes, I would like a lot to see a special RL... Understated, the RL? Well, at least not here, as this watch has many fans! And that's justice. Best. Nicolas

He He Nicolas

 
 By: moc : December 12th, 2008-17:04

Killer post!! [nt]

 
 By: Davo : March 30th, 2009-03:09
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Thanks, Davo.

 
 By: amanico : September 20th, 2010-00:09
But we have to admit that this is also a killing watch... Best, my friend. Nicolas

Why do you do this to me, Nico?

 
 By: efftee : September 20th, 2010-09:48
Makes me want to go out and buy a Lange tomorrow!

This is exactly what happened to me

 
 By: amanico : September 20th, 2010-11:09
With this " Anniversary "... A strong and long hunted love. Thanks! Nicolas

Beautiful work! This watch is indeed special.

 
 By: kojikabuto : September 20th, 2010-17:14
I remember seeing AL&S watches for the first time in Las Vegas in 2004. I was there for a wedding. When I went to the AD to see the watches, I was mesmerized by the quality of them. One, in particular, was this watch. The saleslady tried to sell me this w... 

If only we had a time machine...

 
 By: amanico : September 20th, 2010-23:33
Great story, my friend. I know this " bitter " feeling very well, as I think we're not alone in this case. If only we had a time machine! Thanks for sharing, and for the nice words. Best, Nicolas