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The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in white...
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The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater in white gold

Wednesday, 29 April 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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First shown in 2015, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater is the world’s only watch that combines a mechanical jumping numerals display with a decimal minute repeater. This complicated timepiece now comes in a limited 30-watch edition in white gold with a deep-blue dial.

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater features a totally new interpretation of the classic complication. Its striking mechanism – it sounds ten-minute intervals instead of quarter-hours with double strikes – is a convincing logical complement to the “digital” display of the time. As soon as the striking mechanism is activated with the repeater pusher at 10 o’clock, it sounds the time as indicated on the dial. One hears what one sees. And one sees what one hears

Zeitwerk Minute Repeater © A. Lange & Söhne
Zeitwerk Minute Repeater © A. Lange & Söhne

The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater features a unique pusher mechanism for triggering the repeater. Because the power for the striking mechanism is delivered by the mainspring barrel, there is no need for a slide – common in minute repeaters – to tension a separate spring. The absence of a large lateral opening in the case eliminated a source of acoustic disruption, thus improving the sound quality. And since a pusher, unlike a slide, can be sealed, the zeitwerk minute repeater is water-resistant to as much as 3 bar.

Zeitwerk Répétition Minutes © A. Lange & Söhne
Zeitwerk Répétition Minutes © A. Lange & Söhne

To achieve the best possible sound quality, the product developers carefully reconciled all relevant parameters such as the case, gong hammers, gongs and movement architecture with one another. The large white-gold case delivers a reverberant, warm sound. The gongs, patiently tuned by hand, generate pure, resonant tones in perfect harmony.

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