The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: A.Lange & Söhne’s new limited edition, Farer’s first automatic and the continuing decline of the Swiss watch industry.
A. Lange & Söhne’s New Timepiece
A. Lange & Söhne‘s latest model is the Richard Lange Pour le Mérite, a 218-piece limited-run watch featuring a 41 x 10.5mm white gold case, a silver dial finished in black, and the watchmaker’s caliber L044.1 movement. The L044.1 may be time-only (which makes the $80,000+ MSRP a bit hair-raising), but it features plenty of Lange’s signature finishing and details, including a hand-engraved balance cock, gold chatons and a rare mechanism called a “fusée-and-chain”; essentially, as a mainspring becomes unwound and loses force, the fusée-and-chain acts as an infinitely variable transmission that feeds a constant amount of force from the mainspring to the rest of the movement, increasing accuracy.
Rise of the Machines
MB&F has just released its latest “Horological Machine.” The MB8 is inspired by the Can-AM racing series of the ’60, ’70s and ’80s, and the overall architecture is meant to mimic open-top racers of the series. The time-telling mechanism is a disc-and-prism setup: the hour and minutes are displayed on rotating discs projected upwards to the wearer with two prisms.
Automatics For the People
Farer, one of our favorite boutique designer brands, has just released its first series of mechanical watches. The three new designs all feature an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Each piece is now available for just over $1,000.
The State of Swiss Watches
The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry released numbers for the export of Swiss watches in the month of August. While on the whole it appears the industry is (still) on the decline, the falloff seems to be specifically related to watches made from precious metals and those valued over 3,000 Swiss francs (approximately $3,095 as of writing). Export of stainless steel watches and watches between 200 and 3,000 Swiss francs have actually increased.
Girard-Perregaux Revives a Forgotten Watch from the ’70s
The 225-year-old Swiss watchmaker revived an edgy sport watch design from the ’70s, but can it do battle with the Swiss Big Three?
Found: Omega Seamaster 600
While we love the mid-century-inspired looks of Farer’s new line of Automatics, if you’re looking for something a little more authentic around the same price point, the original Omega Seamaster — a timekeeping staple of the era — is a great vintage purchase.