An update on a modern day classic from A.Lange & Sohne now: their gorgeous Datograph model.
Now called the Datograph AUF/AB (up/down).
The original Datograph was named after conjoining the words ‘date’ (it’s got a big date indicator) and ‘chronograph’ (it’s got one of those too). Those features remain of course – the big date is lovely!
An additional feature for this model though is a power reserve meter – the auf/ab feature if you prefer.
Head near the ‘ab’ end and it’s time to get winding the Caliber L.951.6 movement! You do get 60 hours of power reserve for your winding efforts though – more than the original model.
The movement has 46 jewels (451 parts) and beats at a reasonably leisurely 18,000 vph. It is decorated and assembled by hand, precision adjusted to five positions, plates and bridges are made of German silver and the balance cock is hand engraved.
This latest version has grown a couple of mm to 41mm, in a platinum case. Personally, I prefer that size and you can never go wrong with a platinum watch (except for when it comes time to pay for one!).
There are front and rear sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
The blue-grey strap is crocodile with a platinum buckle.
Out some time in 2012 if you can find (and afford) one.