What’s so special about the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split – or as I started calling it as soon as I got it, the “Strong Double Split?”
In this latest version of the “Why I Bought It” arrangement, I desire to give you a decent impression about why I picked this watch among the many ultra-complicated chronographs out there, why I’m actually pleased with my purchase three years later, and what you should consider in the event that you imagine that this stalwart of the Lange line could be the one for you.
Why I purchased it
In my companion Terry’s gathering taxonomy (depicted in more detail in Why I Bought It: Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon ), the Double Split certainly falls in the “venture” realm: a piece with fairly predictable market value that is important in its own privilege and can be a foundational component inside a collection.
One of the great things about such watches from an authority’s point of view is that they allow you to spend (note I didn’t say “contribute”) more on your assortment than you could somehow or another afford.
But that’s not why I purchased this watch. In fact, although I’d been a fan of A. Lange & Söhne’s watches for quite a while, already claimed a Datograph, and had thought about the Double Split for some time, it wasn’t at the highest point of my list of things to get until “the lunch.”
Our small gathering of Northern California authority crazies had gathered for one of our regular snacks, this time with a Lange subject. As usual with our gathering, any topic teases some lovely fascinating watches out of individuals’ safe store boxes, and this time was no exemption. Pieces like one of the ten “Pisa” Datographs in presence and a rare Lange 1 in stainless steel were being handed around and taken a stab at. The “Pisa” is a release of ten pieces in platinum cases with both strong and presentation case backs, a silver dial, and blued chronograph hands; they were made for the Italian retailer of the same name.
For me, however, the watch that captivated my attention didn’t actually have a place with any of the individuals; it was a Double Split that had a place with the uncle of one of our gang. Turns out that “Unc” was visiting the area for the afternoon, gotten together with our mate, and – by total happenstance – happened to be wearing a Double Split. He was adequately thoughtful to loan it to his favorite nephew for lunch.
It is on such small incidents that assortments can turn! My photographs from that day are dominated by the Double Split, and I was soon on the chase. Presently, I found a suitable example at auction, and after some truly necessary cherishing care back at the A. Lange & Söhne manufacture (which I looked into in some detail in Why You Can’t Afford To Buy Your Watch If You Can’t Afford To Break It ) wound up with a like-new Double Split that has been one of my extremely favorite pieces ever since.
Why I love it
The reasons why I love this watch fall into two main categories: what it looks like and what it does. We should start with appearances.
· It is without a doubt powerful! The massive platinum case is both powerful and etched in ways that to me communicate a real earnestness of direction. One example: on the rear bezel, the brand name and serial number aren’t simply engraved; they are scratched into the bezel in profound alleviation, giving a striking frame to the movement.
· Speaking of the development: regardless of whether it weren’t a mechanical marvel, it certainly looks like it! The term I’ve heard again and again from first-time watchers of my watch is that the development side resembles a “city under glass.” Lange’s practice of building chronograph complications vertically isn’t to everybody’s taste, except I’m a sucker for such a profound dimensionality.
· The completing is both deliberate and beautiful. A term that I some of the time use to allude to Lange’s way of completing is “incredible”: those Glashütte stripes on the extensions, for instance, won’t ever be mistaken for the barely-there striping applied by Philippe Dufour. However, for me it’s all part of a lucid Saxon style, similar to the screwed gold chatons that safe a portion of the gems. It is especially appropriate for a masculine watch like the Double Split.
· A great deal of thought was clearly given to the dial side of the watch as well. One thing that you can see when you run the chronograph is that the little diamond-shaped opening at the base finish of the chronograph second hand impeccably frames the central axes of each of the subdials, including the force hold, each time it swings over them. Obviously, that’s not simply an issue of beautifiers; I’m certain it wasn’t that easy to build up the development architecture so those three axes were all equidistant from the focal point of the dial.
· Applied Roman numerals? Check. Pleasantly bustling Lange-style tachymeter and seconds track? Check. Glowing specks seamlessly integrated into the external tips of the applied baton markers for the hours? Check. Indeed, even the force hold, which in pictures looks somewhat small, appears to be in extent when the watch is seen live.
· White metal, black dial: while the platinum Datograph is perhaps the leading exemplar of this theme, for me the Double Split is incredibly, close behind.
Love already, and we haven’t talked about that monumental development! How about we check whether I can portray all the things that it does:
· It’s a stopwatch.
· Outstanding pusher feel on both the start-pause and get back to zero functions.
· A plan that appears to lessen any hopping on start-up or jittering of the chronograph second hand virtually to zero.
· If you wish, it flies back to zero without having to stop the watch and stays focused until you release the return button, so, all things considered it starts to record time again.
· Instantaneously hopping chronograph minutes. Not consistently crawling along-with-the-advancing-chronograph-second-hand, not even Frédéric Piguet 1185-style, semi-instantaneous changes that creep somewhat starting at about 57 seconds and then tick over, but instead fresh, snapping changes totally coordinated with the chronograph second hand.
· The A. Lange & Söhne Double Split does all of this not once, yet twice! The “split” part is the rattrapante mechanism that utilizes two chronograph second hands to allow capture of intermediate intervals like lap times; the “double” part is that this same capacity has been applied to the chronograph minutes as well – the solitary wristwatch in presence that allows split planning of intervals up to 30 minutes.
And all the while, there’s no drama, no anxiety about whether the hands will snap unequivocally back to zero when actuated, and no feeling of fragility.
Is it for you?
So, I’m a major fan, however is this a watch that is suitable for your assortment? You should consider it if:
· Like me, you see it as one of the great watchmaking accomplishments of our time.
· You either don’t yet have a “dress” chronograph or, alternatively, have an assortment that centers around non-brandishing stopwatches like this one.
· You can wear it comfortably. I don’t have a large wrist, yet I do have a wrist with a broad and flat top surface; this trait allows me to wear huge watches very well, and regardless of its weight the Double Split wears beautifully for me.
· You love the way it looks; the dramatic development, however the characteristic Lange-style dial that you will be taking a gander at the vast majority of the time.
Happily, only one out of every odd watch is for everybody! From my experience, you may want to coordinate your acquisitive energies somewhere else if:
· You take a stab at the Double Split (which you should do prior to thinking about a purchase) and its size, weight, or the way it sits on your wrist simply sometimes fall short for you.
· You understand all of the potentially fascinating things that this watch can do, however don’t perceive any reason why anyone needs a watch that does them.
· You already have a few top of the line dress chronographs that you can’t bear to part with, and at the same time have other significant gaps in your assortment that you are looking to fill.
To my old buddies at A. Lange und Söhne: what about a Dato Double Split? Indeed, I realize you’ve already disclosed to me that it can’t be accomplished for a variety of reasons, however I have faith in you!
Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Double Split
Case: pink gold; 43.2 x 15.3 mm; recently created in platinum with black dial
Dial: argenté (silvered)
Development: manually twisted Caliber L001.1 with 38-hour power hold, 3 Hz/21,600 vph recurrence
Capacities: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; flyback chronograph with double rattrapante and accurately bouncing moment counters; “up/down” power-save indicator
Value: current retail value (pink gold) $128,400; late auction costs as of 2014 (platinum) $77,000 to $87,000
Creation years: 2004 onward
* This article was first distributed on September 30, 2014 at Why I Bought It: A. Lange & Söhne Double Split .
You may also enjoy:
A. Lange & Söhne’s Long-Awaited Odysseus Smart Casual Stainless Steel Watch: Extreme Details, Thoughts, Live Photos, And Wristshots
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk: A ‘Date’ With History
Split Decision: Patek Philippe Reference 5370P versus A. Lange & Söhne Double Split, An Owner’s Perspective
Second-Row Stars: A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia Model Family