The quiet streets of Glashütte, Germany are not known for boisterous noise. But in an understated manor house in this tranquil watchmaking village, a special timepiece is making history with its singular sound.
Lange & Söhne has unveiled its latest timepiece: the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER HONEYGOLD. This limited edition timepiece builds upon the groundbreaking ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER, introduced in 2015 as the world’s only mechanical wristwatch combining jumping numerals with a decimal minute repeater. Now, this technical tour de force sings anew — all thanks to the watch’s case crafted from Lange’s proprietary HONEYGOLD alloy.
Like a fine musical instrument, the materiality of the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER HONEYGOLD elevates its acoustic properties to an unmatched degree. The honey gold case generates a clear, reverberant tone marked by a rich, warm timbre. This distinct sonic identity separates it from every other minute repeater on the market. To attain this singular sound profile, Lange’s watchmakers have meticulously tuned the gongs and hammers while factoring in the alloy’s resonant qualities. The result is a perfectly harmonized mechanical concerto, with no two watches sounding exactly alike.
Beyond its acoustics, the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER HONEYGOLD dazzles the eyes as well. Visually, the repeater sequence is a spectacle to behold. As the chimes ring out — indicating the hours, ten-minute intervals, and minutes — the gongs and hammers can be observed in action, choreographed on the grey dial. Here, form follows function in Lange’s signature style.
Further keeping with the Lange design ethos, the watch pioneers an innovative operating mechanism. To trigger the decimal repeater, a pusher is all that is required — no need for a tensioning slide. This simplifies initiation while still delivering enough power via the twin mainspring barrels.
Beginners may need a quick primer on the decimal minute repeater. Unlike a standard repeater, which chimes the quarters, this format sounds:
– Low tone for each hour
– Double tone for each ten-minute interval
– High tone for each minute
So at 7:52, the sequence would be:
– 7 low tones
– 5 double tones
– 2 high tones
This intuitive acoustic readout aligns with the jumping hours and minutes displayed mechanically on the dial. As Anthony de Haas, A. Lange & Söhne’s Director of Product Development, notes: “One hears what one sees. And sees what one hears.”
Only 30 examples of the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER HONEYGOLD will be produced. Encased in Lange’s resonant proprietary alloy and ringing with an unmatched voice, these rarefied timepieces will surely be music to the ears of collectors worldwide. The sounds of Glashütte never resonated so sweetly.