The white gold A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time replica adds a chiming mechanism to the jumping hours and minutes complication. Lange keeps on monetizing its initial success with the revolutionary Zeitwerk “digital” hand-wound watch. To make sure that everyone will notice the new function, Lange did two things.
Firstly, the two gongs are placed right on the dial just below the signature Time Bridge component, which is made of rhodiumed German silver.
Secondly, the striking mechanism chimes every fifteen minutes with quarter-hour signals sounding in high-pitched tone and the top of the hour chiming in lower-pitched sound.
To make enough space for the new complication, the German engineers have increased its diameter by roughly 1/10th of an inch to 36.00 millimeters. The movement has also become a trifle thicker, now measuring exactly 10.00 mm.
Due to a larger movement, the new version of the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk copy watch is also a bit larger than the original.
According to the official specs, the elegant case (which is available both in white gold or limited edition platinum) is now 44.20 millimeters in diameter and 13.80 millimeters thick.
The second function must be pretty annoying after the initial wow-impression wears out in an hour or so, but thankfully there is a special pusher at 4 o’clock that shuts the chimer off.
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A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time in White Gold and Platinum (Ref. 145.029 / 145.025) manual-wind watch specification
Movement: Manual, Caliber L043.2, 78 jewels, 36.00 mm in diameter, 10.00 mm in height, 528 components, in-house, decorated and assembled by hand
Functions: Jumping hours, jumping minutes, small seconds, power reserve, chiming mechanism
Power reserve: 36 hours
Case material: White gold or Platinum
Bezel material: White gold or Platinum
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.20 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 13.80 mm
Dial: Solid silver, black / Solid silver, rhodiumed
Hands: Rhodiumed gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hand-stitched crocodile strap, black. Heavy Lange prong buckle in white gold / platinum
Case back: Sapphire
Of course, the best fake A. Lange & Sohne watch looks bulkier than its predecessor, but it is the price you pay for converting an understated masterpiece into a particularly expensive Swiss army knife.