The Jargon Buster: A. Lange & Söhne

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The Jargon Buster: A. Lange & Söhne

Post by koimaster » July 29th 2016, 9:24am

Welcome one and all to a small new segment on the WristReview website. We’ve had some pioneering ideas of connecting with our audience over the past couple of years which has resulted in things such as our Clash of the Watches comparison series and the WristReview Top 5 articles that other big websites have started to incorporate as well. Today we’re presenting a new segment that will run less frequently than the others but will aim to make all the complicated watch buzzwords seem a lot less confusing. After all, no one likes it when they can’t even explain properly what it is their watch does to a friend or relative, with this new guide I invite the other contributors of WristReview to think of companies known for particular parts that we can then make into a helpful list like we’re about to do.

Seeing as we have recently returned from our cross Euro trip to A. Lange & Söhne we felt it would be only right to share some of the things they do in their watches and even perhaps help put right a few wrongs along the way.

The Constant Force Escapement:
This is a good one as it’s one of Lange’s many developments over the years. The Constant Force Escapement system is put to use in the Zeitwerk watches as well as the Lange 31 and anything else with a powerful mainspring. The idea behind it is really simple, the system is used to preserve the accuracy of the watch that might be experienced otherwise. In the case of the Lange 31 there’s over 3.5m of mainspring wound up inside it which can hold enormous power for a watch. Without the regulator it would run too fast at the beginning then slow down very quickly and cause the watch to be inaccurate. In the Constant Force Escapement a remontoir spring is retained by sixty degrees every ten seconds which in turn causes the balance to run at the correct speed for the watch.



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