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WATCHES WITH A MINUTE REPEATER AND OTHER STRIKING MECHANISMS

THE ART OF MAKING TIME AUDIBLE

WHAT SETS WATCHES WITH A STRIKING MECHANISM APART?

The great complications in watchmaking artistry include the tourbillon and the perpetual calendar ‒ as well as the minute repeater. Owing to its supreme degree of sophistication and complexity, only experienced watchmakers who have mastered this specialist field of artisanship are capable of crafting watches featuring this complication. Every single timepiece requires a substantial amount of time for completion; hence, merely a small number of watches can be produced within a year.

Since the re-establishment of A. Lange & Söhne in 1990, several masterpieces with a striking mechanism have been developed by our manufacture. Discover the models from our current collection here as well as watches from past years:

ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER

The ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER is the only mechanical wristwatch that combines a jumping numerals display with a decimal minute repeater. Since 2015, it has enjoyed a privileged status among wristwatches with a striking mechanism: with the push of a button, it sounds the hours, ten-minute intervals and minutes.

In 2020, the sequel to the platinum version, a white-gold version with a deep-blue dial, limited to 30 pieces, was launched. In 2023, A. Lange & Söhne presented a model version that also comes in a limited edition of 30 watches ‒ in Lange-exclusive honey gold (HONEYGOLD®) with a grey dial.

RICHARD LANGE MINUTE REPEATER

Since 2022, the RICHARD LANGE MINUTE REPEATER has impressed aficionados with its classic elegance. In this timepiece, the elaborate striking mechanism plays the leading role. When the slide integrated into the left-hand case flank is actuated, the striking mechanism chimes the hours, quarter-hours and minutes.

The white enamel dial has a 750-gold core and is crafted in-house. The RICHARD LANGE MINUTE REPEATER comes in a limited edition of 50 watches in platinum.

ZEITWERK DECIMAL STRIKE

Launched in 2017, the ZEITWERK DECIMAL STRIKE features a self-activating striking mechanism that sounds two different individual tones: a low-pitched tone for the hours and a high-pitched tone for the intermediate ten-minute intervals. Whereas classic striking mechanisms sound the hours and quarter-hours, its ten-minute striking mechanism chimes synchronously with the digital time indication.

The two hammers that are visible on the dial side consist of polished steel and, like the hammer bridge, are decorated with an elaborate tremblage engraving.

The case of this distinctive model, limited to an edition of 100 watches, is crafted from Lange-exclusive honey gold (HONEYGOLD®).

GRAND COMPLICATION

The seven complications of the GRAND COMPLICATION include a rattrapante chronograph with a minute counter and flying seconds as well as a perpetual calendar with a moon-phase display. This masterpiece, introduced in 2013, also incorporates a minute repeater with a grand and small strike (grande sonnerie/petite sonnerie).

Every quarter-hour, the grand strike first indicates the full hour on the low-pitched gong, followed by the quarter-hours with one, two or three double tones. The small strike sounds the quarter-hours with double tones, without chiming the hours beforehand. Only at the top of the hour, the elapsed hours are struck on the low-pitched gong.

ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME

With the ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, A. Lange & Söhne introduced the first mechanical wristwatch with a jumping numerals display for hours and minutes as well as a visibly configured striking mechanism in 2011.

Thanks to the striking mechanism that activates itself, the ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME chimes the full hours with a low-pitched tone and the intermediate 15-minute intervals with a high-pitched tone. The gong hammers are made of black-polished steel and are harmoniously integrated in the dial design.

COMPLICATIONS

OUTSIZE DATE
OUTSIZE DATE
The A. Lange & Söhne outsize date enables a date display with digits around three times as large as those in watches of comparable dimensions.
CHRONOGRAPH
CHRONOGRAPH
Chronographs and their manufacture movements have been flagship products of A. Lange & Söhne since 1999.
CALENDAR FUNCTION
CALENDAR FUNCTION
Lange models incorporate either annual calendars or perpetual calendars.
MOON-PHASE DISPLAY
MOON-PHASE DISPLAY
Most of our moon-phase displays reproduce the moon’s orbit with a precision of 99.998 per cent.
POWER-RESERVE INDICATOR
POWER-RESERVE INDICATOR
The UP/DOWN display reminds the owner to rewind the watch before it stops running.
TOURBILLON WATCHES
TOURBILLON WATCHES
The tourbillon improves the rate accuracy of a mechanical timepiece by overcoming the influence of gravity on the running of a watch.
ZERO-RESET MECHANISM
ZERO-RESET MECHANISM
With the ZERO-RESET mechanism, the movement stops and the seconds hand jumps to zero when the crown is pulled.
THE FUSÉE-AND-CHAIN TRANSMISSION
THE FUSÉE-AND-CHAIN TRANSMISSION
The fusée-and-chain transmission is one of the most effective complications when it comes to increasing the rate accuracy of a mechanical watch.
CONSTANT-FORCE ESCAPEMENT
CONSTANT-FORCE ESCAPEMENT
The purpose of a constant-force escapement in a mechanical watch is to provide the escapement with a consistent flow of power, regardless of whether the watch is fully wound or nearly unwound.
STRIKING MECHANISM
STRIKING MECHANISM
Watches with a minute repeater or other striking mechanisms make time audible. Given their horological intricacy, these models are among the most elaborate and rare timepieces in the realm of precision watchmaking.

EXPLORE FURTHER

JUMPING NUMERALS MECHANISM
JUMPING NUMERALS MECHANISM
The ZEITWERK is a mechanically driven digital-display watch.
FINISHING AND ENGRAVING
FINISHING AND ENGRAVING
The art of finishing movements ranks high in our manufacture. No matter whether large or infinitesimal, whether clearly visible or hidden, almost every part is decorated by hand. Different techniques are used: every component is assigned its own individual type of finish, the sum total a harmonious overall appearance.
LANGE BALANCE SPRING
LANGE BALANCE SPRING
Crafting a balance spring is one of the most complicated tasks in precision watchmaking, one that only very few manufactories master.

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