A. Lange & Söhne Drop Zeitwerk 2.0

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A. Lange & Söhne has released a reworked and upgraded version of its mechanical digital watch, the Zeitwerk. First released in 2009, the Zeitwerk was groundbreaking in its use of jumping numerals to display hours and minutes–and 13 years later, its second generation has been revealed.

The new 41.9mm Zeitwerk comes with the option of a platinum or 18k pink gold case, equipped with a new handwound calibre L043.6 building on Zeitwerk’s original hour and minute display and constant-force mechanism. The Zeitwerk’s 2.5Hz calibre L043.6 is comprised of 451 individual components, packing a remontoir constant-force mechanism. The upgraded design houses twin mainsprings within a single barrel, doubling the original 36 hour power reserve to 72 hours. 

The most notable difference in the design has been the addition of a pusher at the 4 o’clock position, offering added practicality to adjust hours when travelling between time zones. Apart from this, the dial layout and design have mostly remained the same. The positioning of the hour and minute apertures and power reserve indicator is unchanged, and the running seconds sub-dial remains in the six o’clock position. 

Minor tweaks and improvements have been made to the dial, with a refined ‘time bridge’ which allows for a slightly larger running seconds sub-dial. The famous “Made In Germany” signature has been moved and is now located in the lower part of the seconds display, as opposed to the underbelly of it, and the final 12 hours in the power reserve indicator are now highlighted in bright red. 

The new Zeitwerk is available for purchase, starting at $101,000 to $112,000 USD ($158,000-$175,000 AUD). 

At A Glance

Reference Number: 142.025, in platinum; 142.031, in 18k pink gold case

Diameter: 41.9mm

Thickness: 12.2mm

Case Material: Platinum; 18k pink gold

Dial Color: Rhodium-colored dial made of solid silver, with platinum case; black-colored dial made of solid silver, with 18k pink gold case

Water Resistance: No

Strap/Bracelet: Hand-stitched alligator leather in dark brown with prong buckle in 950 platinum, with platinum case; hand-stitched alligator leather in black with prong buckle in 18k pink gold, with 18k pink gold case

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