With the festive season looming and difficulties ahead for many of us to be reunited with our families and loved ones, we’ve decided to get a festive fix and introduce some cheer into our lives with a little help from our faithful horological companions. And what better way to indulge than with the most complex and mechanically endowed member of best fake A. Lange & Söhne’s collection?
As part of the trilogy of copy watches released to celebrate the establishment of Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s watchmaking company in Glashütte 175 years ago, the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold is the whole package with all the trimmings – and by trimmings we mean a fusée-and-chain transmission with a tourbillon, a rattrapante chronograph, a perpetual calendar and a precision moon phase. 2020 might just redeem itself for watch lovers thanks to the majestic entry of this splendid Tourbograph model. Cloaked in sumptuous Honeygold with a hypnotic black rhodium dial, this alluring model bears gifts that would put the Three Wise Men to shame. Limited to just 50 pieces and with a six-figure price tag, it is a dream watch for many of us – but dreaming is free.
Many of you will remember the maiden voyage of the Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite” in 2017. Released in a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum with a silver dial, the watch sent our team into delirious states of ecstasy and praise. Although it is not considered a grand complication because it doesn’t have a chiming function – Lange had already produced its EUR 1.9 million Grand Complication Grand Grail watch with seven complications in 2013 – the sophisticated technicality of the Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite” and its combination of a tourbillon and a fusée-and-chain transmission to deal with gravity and waning spring force was an even more enticing horological delight for connoisseurs.
THE THREE HONEYGOLD KINGS
On an icy winter’s day, 175 years ago, 30-year-old entrepreneur Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of his pocket watch workshop in the small town of Glashütte, Saxony. When F.A. Lange founded his pocket watch workshop on 7 December 1845 in Glashütte, he also laid the foundations of Germany’s venerable precision watchmaking industry. Unveiled as part of a trilogy to celebrate the founder and 175 years of watchmaking in Glashütte, the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold is flanked by the cheap replica A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold and the 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold. The common denominator of these anniversary editions is the use of Honeygold, a top-secret alloy developed for Lange in 2010 with a unique colour comparable to that of honey and reserved for Lange’s most exclusive timepieces.
Harder than platinum and other gold alloys – and therefore much harder to shape and finish – Honeygold has an extremely subtle and elegant tone that cannot be compared to more brazen yellow gold or bright rose gold. The case of the Tourbograph Perpetual is large (43mm diameter x 16.6mm height) and I daresay you wouldn’t want it any other way. This is not a discreet, slide-under-your-cuff dress watch. The Tourbograph Perpetual is an effusive and expressive watch. It is the pinnacle of Lange’s watchmaking prowess and is a watch that needs to be admired and enjoyed.
A HEAVENLY DIAL
Without computing the sensational technicality of the watch, another factor that distinguishes the Tourbograph from its anniversary cohorts is its dial. When I first presented the watch in September, I relied on press images. Now that we have had the immense pleasure of meeting the rose gold case A. Lange & Söhne copy watch in person, I can assure you that the press images do not do justice to the dial. What looked like a light-grey colour in the official pictures is actually a much darker grey colour in the metal.
Possibly the most beautiful dial I have encountered, the contrast between the dark granular background and the elements in Honeygold is simply stunning. But, there is more: the numerals, scales and logo on the dial are not applied but sculpted in relief from the 18k Honeygold base plate (emerging with a height of about 0.15mm from the base), which in turn is treated to a black rhodium-plated finish. Not only is this a prodigious feat of handiwork, it adds an incomparable three-dimensional effect.
Despite the impressive amount of replica watch with gray dial complications competing for your attention on the dial, it remains perfectly legible thanks to the layout and pleasing symmetry. The three sub-dials in the upper half are dedicated to the perpetual calendar and moon phase functions: the moon phase indicator and pointer date are at 12, the months and leap year at 3 and the 30-minute chronograph totaliser and day of the week at 9 o’clock. The large aperture at 6 o’clock houses the 1-minute tourbillon held in place by a curved bridge. Since this is a rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph, it has two hands. One of the chronograph hands is picked out in blued steel – matching the hand on the 30-minute counter – and the other chronograph hand is also in steel, but gold plated to match the 18k Honeygold hour, minute and calendar display hands.