1. A. Lange & Söhne’s Lumen Datograph shines bright
Let’s not mess about; Lange & Sohne’s new Up/Down Lumen Datograph is an impressive thing. A 200 piece limited edition from the elevated German watchmaker, it combines a flyback chronograph function with an oversized date-window, stunning 41mm platinum case and striking dial design. It’s dial is semi-transparent, revealing some of the watch’s inner workings within, and all its displays (the hands, subdials, oversized date window – the lot) are coated with a luminous compound that glows vividly in the dark. Even the tachymeter scale and power reserve arrow glow bright green when the lights turn down low.
This clever feat’s achieved care of a special coating on the watch’s sapphire crystal glass, which filters out most of the visible light that hits the watch, but not the UV spectrum needed to charge the luminous pigments that coat the dial. Essentially, the watch’s luminous elements are charged all day, to shine brightly all night. The darker its surroundings, the more clearly the watch pops against its background.
To top off this technical wizardry, the watch is powered by one of Lange’s most refined in-house movements, the 454-part manually wound calibre L951.7. It’s an elevated watch this, and combines Lange’s classic looks with watchmaking innovation by the bucketload. We’d be lying if we said that this is a terribly attainable piece, but it is a fine watchmaking feat – worth ogling day or night.
2. Bremont’s Supersonic takes off
Bremont can do no wrong at the moment. The brand’s new releases continue to be eye-catchers, backed up with smart technical specs and intelligent design.
Last week, the brand unveiled its latest offering at the Design Museum. A 500 piece limited edition called the Supersonic, the watch is designed to chime with what would have been Concorde’s 50th anniversary, were it still flying. Its smart polished case and white sunburst dial are inspired by Concorde’s unique reflective white paint, and other touches like the blued steel hands (designed to mirror British Airways blue), the bevelled case and the hour markers’ styling lend it a subtle ‘70s edge.
It’s not just a pretty thing to look at, either. In fact, it houses Bremont’s first ever manual winding movement that features an eight-day power reserve, with the power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock position on the dial – a chic finishing touch.
In one final flourish, each watch from the 500-strong run will encase a small piece of aluminium from the third Concorde ever built, donated to Bremont to create the watch and machined into a decorated ring within the case back design, placed underneath the crystal.
Of the 500 pieces, 300 have been made in polished steel, 100 in white gold and 100 in yellow gold. Watch lovers can request to order a particular number from the run, if available.
From £9,495, register your interest at bremont.com
3. MeisterSinger goes back to black
It’s hard to find a watchmaker with cleaner cut taste than MeisterSinger. Based in Münster, the company was founded in 2001 by Mr Manfred Brassler, with the intention of distilling the functions of a watch down to their purest form. Consequently, MeisterSinger’s timepieces come only with the hour hand; allowing the wearer to get a sense of the time at a glance without fretting over the passing of every few minutes.
Now, the brand has launched its Black Line, four timepieces for purists who want a watch that looks mean and clean on the wrist. The Jackal’s highlight is the 43mm Circularis Power Reserve, MeisterSinger’s flagship model. It’s fitted with an in-house hand-wound movement and a special purpose display for its whopping 120 power reserve (not unlike Bremont’s, above).
The black dial is framed by a matte black DLC-coated stainless steel case, and the crystal caseback exposes the watch’s black-coated caliber, too. It’s a cool, quirky timepiece for those who want to wear something a little different, but still sharp.
£5,490, shop at meistersinger.com