A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

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REF 140.029
Manual-winding
42 MM
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SKU AS08952
Article Number 40991587
ref 140.029
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material White Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes signed black alligator leather strap with a signed 18k white gold deployant clasp. Also includes inner and outer box set, factory books, polishing cloth and papers dated October 2013.
overall condition Fantastic condition overall. The case has been recently professionally refinished to factory standards. The dial is as-new. Leather strap and deployant clasp show light wear.
REF 140.029
Manual-winding
42 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08952
Article Number 40991587
ref 140.029
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material White Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes signed black alligator leather strap with a signed 18k white gold deployant clasp. Also includes inner and outer box set, factory books, polishing cloth and papers dated October 2013.
overall condition Fantastic condition overall. The case has been recently professionally refinished to factory standards. The dial is as-new. Leather strap and deployant clasp show light wear.

Why We Love it

A classic mechanical movement combined with a modern digital display go together like peanut butter and jelly … who would’ve thought? 

Well, A. Lange & Söhne did when they developed the Zeitwerk in 2009. At the time, the idea of merging a mechanical watch with a digital display was an exciting concept, and in many ways, was ahead of its time — true to the innovative ethos that we’ve come to identify with manufacture hailing from Glashütte.  Equipped with a dual-disc mechanism, the Zeitwerk intuitively displays both the hours and minutes through two separate ‘digital’ display windows and is powered by Lange’s patented constant force escapement. 

Inspired by the renowned five-minute clock perched high above at the Semper Opera House in Dresden and beautifully balanced in its miniaturized execution, the Zeitwerk is a breathtaking example of mechanical art, with a decidedly German flair.

This piece - a Reference 140.029 - is a fine example of the first-generation Zeitwerk, and comes housed in a 41.9mm 18k white gold case featureing a polished bezel, a signed crown at 2 o’clock, a sapphire crystal and a sapphire exhibition caseback that beautifully frames Lange’s manual-winding Calibre L.043.1 movement. Its satin black dial features a German silver plate housinh both jumping hour and minute ‘digital’ displays, a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and a silver-accented constant seconds sub-register at 6 o’clock. 

Paired to a signed black alligator leather strap with a signed white gold deployant clasp, this teutonic masterpiece is accompanied by its full set of factory goodies including box set, books, polishing cloth and papers dated October 2013. 

Dubbing this piece a mechanical marvel is not an over-statement … it’s undeniably accurate. 

Brand Story

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For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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