This release from A. Lange & Sohne is a hot topic right now in the world of horology. The Zeitwerk Striking Time is the latest model form the Zeitwerk collection, which was first unveiled back in 2009. The Striking Time gets its name from the minute repeater with which it is fitted with. Also of note is the jumping numerals that sets this collection apart from so many others.
This model is featured here in 18kt rose gold but also comes in white gold or platinum. The watch is made in generous proportions of 44.2mm for the case diameter, while it raises off of the wrist a total of 13.1mm. Though this may seem chunky, the decidedly classical and dressy layout of the watch seems to negate the feeling of bigness that the stats suggest. The case body is brushed, which also serves to understate the size of the watch. There is a ridged main crown at the unconventional position of 2 o’clock, and the minute repeater’s actuator at the 4 position. This in itself is unique as most minute repeaters are activated on the opposite side of the case. A black alligator strap completes the striking aesthetics of this glorious timepiece.
The dial features two large apertures at the 9 and 3 positions, which displays the hours and minutes respectively. A power reserve displayed in retrograde format is located at the 12 position. A large small seconds counter resides at the 6 position. The visible minute repeating mechanism emits a low sound to indicate the hours and a slightly higher pitch for each 15 minute interval that is recorded.
Powering this watch is the manually wound mechanical movement caliber L043.2. This movement carries an in house made balance spring and a Glucydur balance wheel, which alternates at 18,000 VpH. There are 528 parts that make up this movement and a truly incredible 78 jewels. The Zeitwerk Striking Time features a minimum of 36 hours in power reserve once fully wound.