The DATOGRAPH wrote a new chapter in watchmaking history when it was first presented in 1999. Launched merely five years after the debut of the initial new-era collection, it incorporated A. Lange & Söhne’s first proprietary chronograph calibre. Its technical features such as the column-wheel design, the precisely jumping minute counter, the flyback function and the outsize date defined benchmarks. Because of its balanced design, it soon developed a cult following, as did the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN with a power reserve of 60 hours and a power-reserve indicator presented in 2012. Not least, this was attributed to the puristic black-and-white appeal of the platinum version. The focus on form and contrast has a captivating effect. It clearly comes to the fore especially in juxtapositions with black-and-white objects.
About A. Lange & Söhne
When Ferdinand Adolph Lange, a Dresden watchmaker, established his watch manufactory in 1845, he laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly fell into oblivion. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange had the courage to relaunch the brand. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. In a period of little more than 20 years, A. Lange & Söhne developed 51 manufacture calibres and secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. Its greatest successes include innovative time-keeping instruments such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a series produced wristwatch as well as the ZEITWERK with its supremely legible, precisely jumping numerals. In the meantime, both models have become icons of a brand rich in tradition.