A new year deserves a new brand – in this case, that of Marco Lang, who left Lang & Heyne last year and is now a brand under his own name, still in Dresden.
His first model is a limited edition of eighteen pieces called ‘Zweigesicht’, which will come in three variants – stainless steel, rose gold, or platinum
There are two very special things about this first model. The first is that the two watch faces can be displayed as the primary face simply by changing the strap attachment, thanks to the special case-symmetrical movement construction.
The second thing is even more interesting – it will be open source. But let’s get onto that a bit later, after we go through the specifications.
Measuring 40mm with a thickness of 9.5mm, the Zweigesicht cases will have sapphire crystal on both sides, and a water resistance of 50m.
As mentioned, there are two dials – the first is a white silver-plated three-part dial with a middle guiloche ‘Clou de Paris’ pattern, along with Roman numerals, applied gold markers, and pencil hands in either blued steel or rose gold. The other dial is a solid silver white skeletonised dial which features blue translucent grand feu enamel, and cathedral hands in blued steel.
It is on this second dial that the movement is shown off. It is an in-house manually-wound calibre beating at 21,600 VPH with a power reserve of 70 hours. It has a Breguet hairspring, lever escapement, and single-armed balance lever. Custom engraving is possible on the plate.
Now to the second interesting aspect of this watch.
Servicing is of concern to any watch owner, but it is even more so for those who buy from independent watchmakers and brands, as it is not unknown for some to be only be able to be serviced by their maker. This may be for reasons other than movement-related, such as proprietary tools being required.
Marco Lang has addressed this directly. In order to make it easier for owners to get their watch serviced, he will make all technical data available for download one year after the model is presented i.e. 2023, along with information for the watch’s maintenance.
Coming on an alligator strap with a shark on the inner side, and a matching metal pin buckle (a folding clasp is available on request), the RRP starts at EUR 51,500. For further details or to make enquiries, go to his website at this link.
[Photo credit: Marco Lang]