A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time Wristwatches
The Lange Zietwork Striking Time was the first ever acoustic signature wristwatch that has been launched by the eminent German watchmaker A. Lange and Sohne, in 2008. The unique design of Zietwork Striking Time is characterized by the gongs and hammers that can be viewed from the dial side of the case instead of the back, as is more common. This model was introduced by A. Lange and Sohne as the new face of the acclaimed brand. The oversize digital display of this model is inspired by the world famous Opera House clock that is a tourist attraction in Dresden. When viewed externally, it can be seen that the hammers have been integrated perfectly just beneath the numeric displays. Internally, the mechanical design of Lange Zietwork Striking Time is ideal for the strike train to be integrated.
A significant amount of force is generated when the numerical disks of the Lange Zietwork Striking Time advance. As a result, sufficient energy for other purposes remains after completion of the switching cycle. This excess energy is utilized by the chiming mechanism to actuate the two hammers. These hammers are made up of high quality black polished steel. The hammer on the right strikes the quarter hours, and the one on the left strikes the hours. The quarter hour is signaled by a higher pitched tone, and the signal for the hours is a low pitched one. There is a push piece present at the 4 o’clock position that can be used to mute the chiming mechanism. During this mode, the hammers responsible for the mechanism are deflected far from the gongs. Another excellent feature of the Lange Zietwork Striking Time is that the hammers can be retracted simply by pulling out the crown. This feature enables users to set the time in any direction without inadvertently jamming or activating the chiming mechanism.
A. Lange & Sohne has always been known for their high quality caliber movements. The Lange Zietwork Striking Time has a Caliber L043.2 movement, with lavish manual embellishment of all part. The proprietary balance springs of Lange and with its eccentric poising weights is another special feature of this model. The amazing striking movement of the Zietwork Striking Time is housed in a white gold or platinum case of 44.2 mm diameter and with a black or rhodium dial, respectively. The platinum version is a very Limited Edition of only 100 pieces, worldwide.