A Lange is one of the premier German brands along with Glashütte Original. All the movements and nearly all the parts are in-house. They only use precious metals and top of the line materials for their watches. A lot of time goes into their watches.
This is the Lange Datograph with a column wheel chronograph movement with big date and flyback function.
Image from SteveG's site. Absolutely gorgeous.
Todd, that's nice and all but a) all the colors make me dizzy and b) the price makes my nose bleed. Frankly, those watches make be recall a famous old saying about someone being born every minute.:roll:A Lange is one of the premier watchmakers in the world. They are up there with Patek. The German watchmakers are on par or better than a lot of Swiss made watches.
That movement is on par with any really high end movement out there.
Glashutte Original is also a true "manufactures" of movements. They are on par or better than their Swiss counterparts.
There are few forums dedicated to A Lange & Söhne because of their high quality and amazing movements.
A Lange, IMHO, ranks up there with Vacheron Constatin, Patek, Blancpain, Audemars Piguet.
Another chronograph movement from their site
Dragoon,That Lange is absolutely stunning! Wow. I was able to look at a few in person when I was at Beavercreek last winter.
They were a little smaller in diameter than what I imagined but still very impressive. The workmanship is second to none! They also had Franck Mueller pieces, Panerai, Vacheron Constantine, and others. The Panerai pieces really caught my eye and in relation to those other brands....the Panerai were the most affordable!! About $2500 for one of em. Probably a pretty decent deal.
I think a case could certainly be made for the Swiss as the Premiere watch makers in the world if you wanted to look at all the watch manufactory establishments and what they are up to! Look at folks like DeWitt, Audemars, Jaeger Le Coultre, Vacheron, Breuget, Corum, Rolex, Patek, Omega, Breitling...ect , ect , ect. Needless to say...the list could go on for a while. All these guys have pieces that are among the most desirable pieces available.....take you pick. And those are just some of the well known brands.
I love German made watches. Sinn, Lange, Glashutte, Muhle, and the whole lot of them. Certainly the Glashutte region was one of the central hubs in Europe for watchmaking in the early days of watch making. There was a very intersting article in IWW about the Glashutte and discussing one watchmaker in particular whose son was friends with Lange. Lange learned as an apprentice from his friends father and both brands are/were exceptional and award winning manufactories.
But, after WWII, Glashutte was in the eastern bloc of Germany and the Russians came into Lange and basically laid claim to Lange, its employees, its blue prints, everything. Soviet life was not good for watchmaking in Eastern EU. That is one of the reasons brands like Poljot and Vostk have such great mechanical watch movements. They are basically the same calibers as Lange and variations developed thru Lange and other Glashutte manufactories.
I know Doc was being tongue in cheek and this is the affordable watch forum.....but...just throwing in a few cents. Also, we all know Seiko is the best made watch for dollar....isnt it?
Um...a rich man with more money than he knows what to do with? I cannot envision a sucker having access to that much cash. Clearly, this is a watch with plenty of snob appeal.Todd, that's nice and all but a) all the colors make me dizzy and b) the price makes my nose bleed. Frankly, those watches make be recall a famous old saying about someone being born every minute.:roll:
There are plenty. Cash does not equal smart or even discerning (contrary to what many would have you believe).Um...a rich man with more money than he knows what to do with? I cannot envision a sucker having access to that much cash. Clearly, this is a watch with plenty of snob appeal.
Good point. I don't have a drivers license, and am doing fine without one. So basically the budget that most people would put towards a car, maintenance and insurance, I can focus on other things. All I have to do is limit myself to areas where I don't need a car, and those just happen to be the places I like anyway. I also put it this way: a $3000 watch is much more impressive than a $3000 car.Dragoon,
Thanks. Yes, I was being tongue-in-cheek and I was not. There is something in me that rebels at the very idea that someone can pay that much for a watch. I know we've debated, discussed, kicked around, etc. price, "affordability" and what those things are in the past. I have my $500 rule - and there are those that honestly think that is extravagant. No problem. However, when you can feed, house, clothe, and school 5 families of 4 on what a watch costs - well, call me socialist, or just plain old-school protestant but that seems WAY over the top to me.
And again, Yes, Seiko provides the best value-for-money around IMHO (unless you get a 2824-2 Swiss Made for $39);-)
BTW, the watches in question are beautiful - true works of art.