A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down watch is a new 18k pink gold version. Even though the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down as one of the brand’s most handsome daily wearing watches it looks fashionable given the prominent gold case and bold looks.
A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down watch comes in a 41mm wide case that is 13.1mm thick. Even though that doesn’t sound very big, the timepiece wears a bit larger and has a wonderfully grand presence on the wrist. On the dial, you have a 30-minute chronograph, big date indicator, time, and power reserve indicator above 6 o’clock. The dial is among the few in the Lange collection to have luminant, and it is imminently legible.
There is, of course, the small matter of the movement which is perhaps one of the most special elements out of any A. Lange & Sohne watch. Their chronograph-based movements happen to be particularly incredible, so you’ll be forgiven for lusting after the in-house made caliber L951.6 manually wound mechanical movement.
The bridges and plates are made from German Silver and the movement is comprised of 451 parts. The chronograph features a flyback complication, and when the chronograph minutes register operates, the hand falls directly on each new minute marker. There is also a stop seconds complication when the crown is pulled out.
With 60 hours of power reserve, the L951.6 movement operates at a steady frequency of 18,000 bph. If there were anything I could change about the movement, it would be to increase the frequency of the balance wheel to at least 4Hz. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal on the rear of the watch and it is a sight to behold for horology novices and veterans alike.
Given the bright pink gold case, the stealth wealth component of this A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down watch is more or less missing.
No one is faulted for being humble with their pricey luxuries, but it is in fact popular now to display wealth a bit overtly, whether it be with a gold watch case or diamonds.