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Every year, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is a perfect avenue for watch brands, old or new, to introduce new innovations and releases that will either get watch enthusiasts and consumers on their toes for new models or plainly move the watchmaking industry forward. As for A. Lange & Söhne’s Triple Split, which stood out at this year’s SIHH, the attention it’s attracted is more about the world-first innovation of an upgraded split-seconds chronograph.
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In the humble and discreet booth of A. Lange & Söhne at SIHH 2018, an enlarged replica of the Triple Split stood on display as an official issuance of the new model. The focus is on the three sub-dials that represent and enable the feature of measuring and recording lap times at seconds, minutes, and hour intervals.
Priced at US$147,000.00 and offered in a limited amount of only 100 pieces, the timepiece is not made for mass consumption. With the high price point and limited supply, it aims to attract a certain elite crowd that doesn’t take buying investment timepieces lightly.
- Diameter: 43.2mm
- Thickness: 15.6mm
- Case Material: white gold
- Dial Color: Solid silver, grey color
- Indexes: Rhodium plated gold
- Lume: Hour and minute hands
- Caliber: In-House Caliber L132.1
- Diameter: 30.6mm
- Thickness: 9.4mm
- Power Reserve: 55 hours
- Winding: Manual
- Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
- Jewels: 46
Like its predecessor, the Double Split that has pioneering reputation for its features, the Triple Split is the first and only one of its kind at the moment. It’s the only timepiece that can measure additive and comparative times for up to 12 hours as the previous model only did so for up to 30 minutes.
The watch is most advantageous for professional uses where there’s a need for recording the time of two events and comparing them, like in races, marathons, and other competitions of the like. Even with this additional function, A. Lange & Söhne managed to maintain the size of the Double Split to accommodate all the movements of the Triple Split. There’s a little difference in thickness, but when worn, is very insignificant to be felt.
What the Triple Split was able to achieve in its advanced movements don’t translate as well to its design. Offered only in a white gold case, the Triple Split wasn’t made to wow people with design that’s equally as complicated as its movement. The dial is clear in exhibiting its features on the onset but only in a way that leaves an underwhelming impression, if anything at all.
Although the intention is pure to refocus the appearance of watches to be a fashion statement than a mechanical device, the Triple Split’s external presentation doesn’t match up with the sophisticated and high-quality image that has characterized A. Lange & Söhne for so long.
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