SIHH 2018 – A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split


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In 2004 A. Lange & Söhne stunned the watchmaking world by creating the Double Split, the first mechanical chronograph with a dual rattrapante function. Using an additional rattrapante hand on the 30-minute counter, this timepiece is capable of measuring and comparing two concurrent events that last up to 30 minutes. Now the German manufacturer is raising the bar by introducing the Triple Split watch – the world’s first mechanical split-seconds chronograph allows multi-hour comparative time measurements! Thanks to the third rattrapante hand on the 12-hour counter, the Triple Split is able to measure events with a duration of up to 12 hours! With its latest masterpiece, A. Lange & Söhne continues to push the limits of mechanical timekeeping, asserting its ambition to enrich precision watchmaking with useful innovations.

The new A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split can be used for various different events. For instance, the watch can measure and compare times of two drivers in a Formula 1 race, a marathon or a Tour de France stage. The timepiece is also capable of recording the times of consecutively starting events, such as the outbound and return legs of a long-haul flight. The user can also add the times of multi-hour events, such as the duration of individual Ironman disciplines. Any number of lap times can be stopped during an additive time measurement.

When the watch is in “standard” timekeeping mode, all hands are superposed. Once the measurement is started (pressing the 2 o’clock pusher), they all begin to run simultaneously until the rattrapante pusher at 10 o’clock is pressed to freeze intermediate times. The three blued-steel hands then stop to display lap times while the rest of hands continue to run and measure the total time. A second press of the rattrapante button causes the three stopped hands to synchronize with the running hands. The A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split also features a flyback function which allows instant restarting of the chronograph with a single push of the pusher at 4 o’clock.

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The three rattrapante hands are in blued steel

 

The latest A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split (ref. 424.038) watch is produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The case of the watch is made of 18k white gold and measures 43.2mm in diameter. Although it features a lot of information, the solid silver grey dial is very well balanced. The small seconds are at 9 while the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters are positioned at 3 and 12 o’clock respectively. Located at 6 o’clock is the power reserve display with Lange’s traditional AUF/AB (UP/DOWN) indications. Completing the dial we have the tachymeter scale running around its perimeter.

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Although it features a lot of information, the solid silver grey dial is very well balanced

 

Inside the watch is the in-house manufactured caliber L132.1 with 46 jewels. This manually-wound movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. Priced at $147,000, the A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split is presented on a stylish black alligator leather strap with 18k white gold folding clasp.

 

 

 

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