In this Sunday morning section, two of our essayists clash in an epic standoff for the ages. Solid opinions and hysterical hyperbole are welcome (so don’t hesitate to participate with the fun in the comments segment underneath). And remember to tell us which watches you’d prefer to see destroyed/unreservedly exalted one week from now. We’ll attempt to feature as many of our readers’ decisions as we can.
Here’s something somewhat unique for you, dear readers. Previously, in Sunday Morning Showdown, two journalists have adopted polarized positions on a solitary watch. Today, we’re taking that idea and meddling with it. Instead of one author rating, while the other spends their time hating, we’ve picked one family from A. Lange & Söhne ‘s catalog from which each essayist will pick a champion. In any case, before we get to that, there’s the small matter of last week’s drubbing to attend to.
Well done, Balazs. I felt like a dead man walking before my fingers hit the keys last week, however the Fratelli affirmed it. The solitary saving grace from a 85/15 ass-whooping is that more than you 100 agreed with me that the SRP777 was uninspiring . Most of you probably thought I’d been sniffing the polishing compound for a really long time. You may be right…
But with the greatly completed surfaces of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk’s assortment addling my psyche, who can blame me? This week we focus in on one of present day watchmaking’s most regarded families. Finding a Fratello team part to hate on these beauties resembles finding a log flume in a desert. And so we’ve chose to take an alternate course. This week, Ben and I will present our decision from the Zeitwerk assortment. While Mr. Hodges is especially in the present, I’ve sorted my gaze out solidly over my shoulder…
A. Lange & Söhne. What is there to be said that hasn’t been said already? Here we have perhaps the best brand in Germany. Maybe even the world. That’s a conversation for another day, however I’m sure I wouldn’t have to look too hard to even consider discovering a few people to agree with me. A. Lange & Söhne is simply the awesome, my brain. And the most amazing aspect the best? Indeed, it’s had the opportunity to be the Zeitwerk, right?
But which one? That question has since a long time ago plagued my distraught soul. Lange started me on my path to becoming a watchmaker with its lavishly produced catalog, stuffed brimming with welcoming images of flickering gems, and expertly decorated extensions. Among the pages of that catalog — which was anachronistic enough in itself — there was one watch family stood apart above all others. The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk. Why? Because, amid this unwavering commitment to classicism, there was this one, masterful, entrancing, landmark to innovation. A (for the most part) digital display? You should be kidding…
And for a long time to me, as a youthful watchmaker stuck behind the seat, the brand should have been joking. I never had the chance to see a Zeitwerk in the metal. I couldn’t even dream of it. In any case, one day that dream came valid. And my first idea upon realizing how brilliant it really was, was that the world merited more variations on the Zeitwerk.
As Ben will show you, Lange is proceeding to oblige. And last year’s Date model was an absolute bliss. Yet, as happy as I am that Lange is expanding the product offering worked around this beautiful tech, my personal favorite remains from the model’s earlier days.
The in honey gold is possibly my favorite watch, period. Initially, I don’t understand what the damnation honey gold is nevertheless it literally makes me angry that there isn’t a greater amount of it on the planet. I’m far-fetched to at any point have the option to afford one of these beauties myself, however a ? That’s not feasible on the off chance that I move a couple of pieces from my assortment on to pastures new. My hope is that one day, Lange chooses to make the Saxonia Thin in honey gold (and if the brand wants to nickname it “the Nudds” that would be fine also) so I can get a portion of that achingly beautiful material on my wrist.
The Decimal Strike utilizes an alternate gong structure to the model picked by Ben. I find both cool, yet the Decimal Strike a piece cleaner. I also really like the orientation of the Decimal Strike’s hammers, as well as its pusher/crown layout, which keeps all operative catches on the righthand side of the case. It is a real euphoria to take a gander at and hold, not to mention wear this watch. And now, to proceed with our adoration in, Mr. Ben Hodges takes the stage…
Great introduction, Rob. Opposing A Lange & Söhne is akin to agreeing with Carole Baskin nowadays (yes lockdown TV has bamboozled me). While I’ll pass up on the opportunity to pulverize you with an opinion, this brand is untouchable. And what a perfect model family to consider. The Zeitwerk appears to be atypical for ALS, however it some way or another perfectly encapsulates their spirit. A German, digital watch without a battery sounds a gnawed off yet works thus, so well.
While we may be in a temporary ceasefire, I will draw our readers’ attention to a model hot off the press. The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater now with a 12 PM blue dial in a steamy white gold case. The Minute Repeater Zeitwerk has just at any point been available in platinum. With the less thick material of white gold, the hints of the ringing minutes, sixths, and hours will resonate particularly in the five star relax. Indeed, you read sixths effectively — the Zeitwerk MR tolls in 10-minute intervals rather than the traditional quarter-hours.
This is a digital renaissance that mixes grand craftsmanship with an advanced display. With that comes a weighty price tag of €449,000. Granted, that’s enough to make any banker’s eyes water. In any case, if you’re going to go for A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, why not stretch the extra mile to the pinnacle of their creations?
The Zeitwerk dial layout already perfectly frames the black-polished hammers and gongs and watching them strike while on the wrist is a feast for the eyes. As you referenced, the Minute Repeaters gong hammers are orientated distinctively to the Decimal Strike. Instead, the hammers strike conversely to the gongs that wrap firmly to the subsidiary seconds. Maintaining a pleasing tone with an irregular shape is a technical masterpiece. A challenge that leaves ALS unperturbed.
Rob: I’ll give you this: While I’m not certain I would pick the black-polished hammers over the iced hammers of the decimal strike, they are simply superb. Yet, where the Decimal Strike’s face really comes to life for me, is in the continuation of the icing on the digital encompass. The latest entrant in the Zeitwerk family appears to utilize a brushed frame in its place. Is it cool? Yeah, you won’t discover any arguments from me or any other Fratello team part on that front. Yet, is it as cool as the Decimal Strike in honey gold? I’m not so sure…
Ben: The honey gold case material in the Decimal Strike may be a sumptuous shade yet with the creamy dial, loses a little shine. The lack of contrast means the overall mix of tones is somewhat beige. Don’t misunderstand me; the iced components would gleam in the daylight. However, where the 12 PM blue dial comes into its own, is the tonal move against the rhodium-plated German silver time spans. This is a striking watch after all, and the new Minute Repeater benefits in the qualification between the blue dial and silver indications. I’m all in on the curiosity, yet what does the Fratelli think? Cast your vote now!