Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, a day divided into 24 hours..? The concept of time is fascinating. The ambition of mankind to understand it, use it and catch the utmost precision is the base of what we admire as timepieces today. So let’s go down to it; featuring A.Lange & Söhne Emil Lange Moonphase, accurate for 1000 years.
Egyptians are the first civilization who divide the day into smaller parts. By using the advanced sundials (stakes placed in the ground that indicated time by the length and direction of the resulting shadow) with a t-shaped bar they divided the time between sunrise and sunset into 12 equal intervals. Why 12 though? There are 2 possible explanation for this: Either because there are 12 lunar cycles within a year, or 12 is the number of joints (excluding thumb) of our fingers. However, the absence of sunlight made it difficult to divide the time at night.
What’s up there during night? Stars, that we can no longer see in cities… The nighttime division of time was based on the observation of stars. Egyptian astronomers observed a set of 36 stars that divided the circle of the heavens into equal parts. The time of the night was marked by the appearance of 18 of them. Three were referred to each of the two twilight periods; when the observation of the stars was challenging. Therefore the remaining 12 stars divided the night into equal parts. So we ended up 12 hours each night. But day and night time is not stable; therefore hours are not stable. They didn’t have a fixed length.
The Greek astronomers who were looking for answers for our curiosities, found it difficult to calculate with the prevailing method. And one of the genius guys proposed “Yo! Let’s divide it into Equinoctial hours. 12 hours for day 12 for night” of course some have argued; but this is the base for today’s time. Furthermore; 60 minutes and seconds come from Babylonians. The reason for 60 is yet unknown but guesses are it is the smallest number that is divisible by the first 6 digits thus makes calculations easy.
As always, thank you for your time!
A. Lange & Sohne Grand complication - a clock in which the manufactory has implemented the most complex functions, denoting for all the height that it can achieve. The complex mechanism of the model combines the functions of a large battle and a small battle (hours and a quarter of an hour are marked by a sound signal), an eternal calendar and a one-button split-chronograph, with which you can measure time intervals with an accuracy of 1/5 seconds. The arrow that marks the second fractions (seconds) is combined with a small dial indicating the phases of the moon. To ensure that the watches had enough energy, their mechanism was equipped with three winding drums, one of which is used exclusively by the combat device. Factory manual, power reserve - 30 hours. The spiral of balance is made by the masters of the manufactory. The model will be released in 6 copies within 6 years. Price: 1 920 000 euros.
Available through @watchfinderofficial the uber chronograph; Datograph's badass child with Perpetual Calendar, Datograph Perpetual in white gold with a killer grey dial. Without a doubt; one of the best pieces of its genre,
Datograph, first introduced in 1999, hands down has the best chronograph movement ever. On the dial side, it's very distinct from the reign of Swiss Chronographes, blows a fresh breath to the industry. Well, not every difference means beauty; but in this case, to me it certainly does! After the 7 years of its introduction, Lange updated the truly "iconic" (yes this thrown around a lot; few deserves this) design by adding a perpetual calendar on top.
Datograph perpetual comes in variations:platinum (now discontinued), rose gold and white gold. To me; rose gold is the dressiest, platinum is something in between but captivatingly stunning; white gold-grey dial is straight badass. Blued steel hands coupledom with grey dial does not disturb the eye but creates a great harmony. Multi-layered dial placement is on point and does not interfere with the legibility at all. Equilateral triangle between sub-dials and big date creates a great symmetry. White gold hands (day, month indicators) increase legibility and shines on the grey dial.
Movement side is the best of its league. It's a chronograph that was built from scratch for decades and finished to a highest degree possible on a serially produced piece. The only downside of the movement could be its 36 hours of power reserve; although this is a tempting specification for some... The pusher at 10 o'clock is there for ultimate convenience; push it and advance all indicators by one.
Overall, one of the best ever. As always, thank you all for your time!
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You don’t always see this! The OG @alangesoehne 1815 Up/Down with a contemporary dial. I hope they make an enamel dial variant for the reference one day.
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