Monday, June 27, 2005

A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Flyback

The DATOGRAPH reflects a totally new approach in the development of chronographs based on the classic column-wheel principle; it stands out as a worthy ambassador for the attribute "Made in Germany". With its impressive line-up of complicated mechanisms, it deserves to be called an exceptional phenomenon in the domain of mechanical watchmaking.
The DATOGRAPH stops events as long as 30 minutes with an accuracy of one-fifth of a second. Thanks to the precisely jumping minute counter, the stopped time is very easy to read. The flyback function allows the chronograph to be instantaneously reset to zero during an ongoing measurement, simply by pressing a push-piece in the case. As soon as it is released, a new timing cycle begins. This eliminates the need to stop a measurement and reset the stop hand before starting a new measurement. The patented outsize date in the twin gold-framed aperture assures excellent legibility. The luminous hour and minute hands are made of rhodiumed gold. The hands in the subsidiary dials are crafted from blued steel. The tachometer scale along the circumference of the main dial adds a subtly dynamic touch to the personality of this remarkable watch. The DATOGRAPH is available in 18-carat pink gold or platinum. It is worn either on a crocodile strap or an exquisite precious-metal bracelet. The sapphire-crystal caseback, secured with six screws, showcases the technical and aesthetic finesse of Lange's L951.1 movement.