260.028 | Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite”

  • Collection : Richard Lange
  • Model reference : 260.028
  • Case/Size : White gold, 40.5mm
  • Dial : Black
  • Movement : Manual-winding
  • Functions : Fusée-and-chain transmission
  • Specificity : Limited to 218
  • Condition: Like New
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

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Description

The “Pour le Mérite” (PLM) collection was launched in 1994 when the brand was resurrected after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the past 25 years, A. Lange and Sohne have introduced five PLM watches with varying complications, but one thing that links them all is the fusée-and-chain constant force mechanism.

The first PLM launched in 1994 was based on the aesthetic of the ‘1815 collection’.  In 2005, the Tourbograph PLM was introduced, with a split-seconds chronograph as an added complication.

2009 saw the launch of the third in the line, the Richard Lange PLM. A simple three-hand watch in a 40.5mm case, featuring a white enamel dial with heat-blued hands, black Roman numerals and a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock. It is one of the most elegant and superlative timepieces ever made. 50 pieces were made in platinum, 200 in pink gold and then a special run of 218 pieces in white gold launched in 2016.

This was followed by the Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour Le Mérite’ launched in 2011 and then the Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ (2017). As the names suggest, there was an addition of a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar respectively.

 

The present watch was launched in 2016, as an extended series of the 2009 Richard Lange PLM.
Limited to 218 pieces, this model features a 40.5mm white gold case and a striking deep black finished silver dial, with white roman numerals, with little red accents highlighting the quarters, making it a more versatile timepiece. The sub-seconds at 6 o’clock is also in black but with a shiny texture and a circular pattern, contrasting it against the matte dial. The hands are crafted in rhodium gold.

This insanely gorgeous masterpiece is powered by the robust Caliber L044.1, with a three-quarter plate decorated to the usual Lange standards with chamfered edges, gold batons and the hand-engraved balance cock. And like all Pour le Mérite watches, this too has a fusée-and-chain constant force mechanism, visible through a cut-window in the three-quarter plate. This intricate mechanism balances out the toque with a counter force provided by a small chain wrapped around a fusée – a conical gear. The hand-wound movement provides 36 hours of power reserve, which is constant down to the last second.

 

 

A.Lange & Sohne – bio

Founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Germany.  The company soon became the pioneers in watchmaking in their region.  After Ferdinand’s death his sons, Emil and Richard continued to produce the finest pocket watches of their time.
During World War II, they were victims of bombardments and eventually even got nationalised by the Soviet administration and ceased to exist. At the fall of the Berlin wall in 1990, the grand son of the founder, Walter Lange, revived the company with the help of Swiss watch manufacturers such as IWC & Jaeger-LeCoultre.   The brand introduced their new collection in 1994 with success and by 2000 the company got acquired by the Richemont Group.

Additional information

Accessories :

Accompanied by an 'A. Lange & Söhne' international warranty certificate, product literature and a leather presentation box with its outer packaging.