September 2016


Yesterday A. Lange & Söhne revealed the new Richard Lange Pour le Mérite in a white gold case and black dial limited to only 218 watches. It may look innocent on the outside, but inside there is a mean machine.

Since the revival of A. Lange & Söhne in the autumn of 1994, the exclusive timepieces with the attribute Pour le Mérite have represented the technological avant-garde at A. Lange & Söhne. Each of the four models launched so far is endowed with a fusée-and-chain mechanism. The Richard Lange Pour le Mérite, first introduced in 2009, exemplifies an ambitious tribute to precision in its purest form. The sole objective of its complication is to improve rate accuracy.

Richard Lange Pour le MériteThe fusée-and-chain mechanism guarantees constant torque and thus stability of the amplitude of the balance across the entire power-reserve range. Wrapped around the mainspring barrel, the chain delivers the power of the mainspring to the wheel train via the cone-shaped fusée. This keeps the torque constant. In principle, the mechanism works like the gearing of a bicycle except that the gear ratios are infinitely variable rather than fixed.

The 636-part chain can support a weight of over two kilograms. But to fully exploit the positive effect of the fusée-and-chain device, the product developers added a technical refinement: two separate mechanisms block the winding system before fully wound and fully unwound states. Both prevent the chain – which is only 0.25 millimetres thick and 156 millimetres long – from being overstressed.

The fusée-and-chain transmission causes the fusée to rotate in one direction during the winding process and in the opposite direction when the watch is running. For this reason, it is necessary to ensure that the watch continues to run even when it is being wound. An elaborate planetary gearing inside the fusée maintains the flow of power from the fusée to the movement during the winding phase. It is composed of 38 tiny parts which the watchmaker must fit into the tight 8.6-millimetre inside diameter of the fusée.

All this remains concealed beneath the black dial of the Richard Lange Pour le Mérite. But the most important parts of the fusée-and-chain device are clearly visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback.

Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Technical Data




L044.1 Lange Manufactured

Mechanical, manual-winding, fusée-and-chain transmission

31.6 mm in diameter, 6.0 mm thick

Approximately 36 hours of power reserve

279 parts (without chain), 636 in chain alone, 33 jewels


Hours, minutes Small seconds at 4h30


White Gold

40,5 mm, 10,5 mm thick

Sapphire crystal caseback


Solid Silver- Black

White Roman numerals

Rhodiumed gold hands


Hand-stitched black alligator leather


White gold prong buckle

Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Read more at A. Lange & Söhne

Aston Martin DBS V8 is perhaps most famous in the yellow suit on the 1971 TV show The Persuaders. Being a big fan of the show a Norwegian collector had to have this car. When he found a specimen in California he had to act fast to bring it home to Norway.

Building a vast collection of cars throughout the years he is still looking for the next one. There is as much joy in a Ford that there is in a Ferrari, he tells me. Satisfaction is achieved through the research and the hunt. His network all around the world looks for his next dream car. In his eyes Aston Martin is still the ultimate car manufacture. Their design language is refined and their skills as engine builders is unsurpassed.

A true enthusiast and collector in other words.

He was waiting on the docks back in 2007 when the ship arrived with his Aston Martin DBS V8. At the time it was winter in Norway and when they pulled the car off the ship there were two fat stripes of rust in its snowy trails. With a chassis made of steel and a body made from aluminum, the Aston Martin DBS is vulnerable to corrosion. The joint between these two metals are separated by gaskets on the DBS and those gaskets were decayed. The DBS had rusted in the humid California weather. Rotten with rust and the restoration had to begin.

In restoration all original parts were used if possible. Thankfully, Aston Martin keeps original drawings and parts specs, the owner tells me. He had several parts custom-made by Aston Martin. It is not cheap to restore a car like this, but totally worth it, he says. Now the car appears close to perfect.

Aston Martin DBS V8 was a popular car of its time. 40 cars were made for the American market with left-hand drive. About 400 were made in total with the V8 engine.
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Aston Martin DBS V8 was a natural development from the DBS with the straight 6 engine, and they do look pretty similar. Aston Martin themselves claim that they intended to start production with the V8 from the beginning, but the DBS was presented initially with a smaller engine in 1967.

In 1969 Aston Martin introduced the V8 engine. With a capacity of 5340 cc and sparking 320 hp this car was the fastest 4 seater production car in the world at the time. Tadek Marek had designed the new V8 engine that would be the base of Aston Martin engines for the next 20 years.

You can easily spot the difference on the rims. The straight 6 have beautiful wire wheels while the V8 have light alloy wheels.

Aston Martin DBS V8 was the last model to have the David Brown name to it. David Brown bought the Aston Martin brand back in 1947 and he created the DB series. He then brought the Aston Martin brand into the luxury car segment. Financial troubles made sure both Aston Martin and Lagonda were sold off to new owners in 1972. David Brown is still honoured by the abbreviation DB when naming new models.

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