No hours and minute hands, but unmissable numerals that jump precisely every 60 seconds. In place of a face with circular time displays, a winged time bridge.
A. Lange & Sohne unveils the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater. The 44.2mm stunner in platinum is the manufacture’s second minute repeater, following its six-piece limited-edition rand Complication in 2013. Marking the time on demand through mellifluous chiming, the minute repeater is one of haute horlogerie’s most complex – not to mention, beloved – complications.
Powered by the 771-part Calibre L.043.5 – a unique movement with one patent and a further five pending – the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater marks the first time that a jumping numerals display has been combined with a decimal minute repeater in a mechanical watch.
A decimal minute repeater differs from a standard minute repeater in the chiming. The former notes the elapsed hours, 10-minute intervals and minutes; the latter, the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. While the decimal repeater is not new, it is uncommon, and makes particular sense when coupled with the Zeitwerk’s numerical time display – and how we tend to think of time in a digital age.