With the unveiling of its Cabaret Tourbillon in 2008, Germany’s A. Lange & Söhne presented a watchmaking milestone:

the first tourbillon wristwatch with a stop-seconds mechanism for its rotating balance. The high-horology flagship of

the Cabaret family, which they discontinued just two years later, the rectangular-cased timepiece makes its return in

grand fashion this year, also as the latest member of the Saxon manufacture’s artisanal Handwerkskunst series.


A. Lange & Söhne Revisits the Cabaret Tourbillon with Handwerkskunst Limited Edition
The Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskunst revives a model launched in 2008.

Launched 10 years ago, around the same time they also phased out original Cabaret models, A. Lange & Söhne’s

The characteristics of Handwerkskunst series is the spectacular levels of hand decoration on the dials, also the cases,

and even the movements (“handwerkskunst” translates to “craftsmanship”). For the Cabaret Tourbillon

Handwerkskunst, the seventh overall in the exclusive series, the signature motif is a “lozenge” design style that finds its

expression on the manually engraved dial, also with a semi-transparent enamel coating. The made of the three-part

dial is solid white gold, also with a grey-shaded outer zone on which the white-gold, lozenge-shaped hour appliqués

appear, along with applied Roman numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock.


A. Lange & Söhne Revisits the Cabaret Tourbillon with Handwerkskunst Limited Edition
The case is made pf platinum, the dial of gold, with a semi-transparent enamel finish.

However, Separating this outer sector from the inner one, with its elaborate hand-engraved lozenge pattern and the

hallmark Lange outsize date display in two windows, is a thin, tremblage-decoration outline, also apply to the frames of

the rhodium-colored gold subdials for the small seconds, also the distinctive “Auf/Ab” power reserve indicator, and

the aperture for the one-minute tourbillon, whose matte-finish bridge suspends between two diamond endstones and

also boast a black polishing applied in a special, difficult technique. They also made the dial itself, as well as the hands,

with white gold.


A. Lange & Söhne Revisits the Cabaret Tourbillon with Handwerkskunst Limited Edition
The dial’s lozenge pattern is applied by hand.

Displayed behind a rectangular window in the caseback is a rare, rectangular-shaped movement, Lange’s manually

wound Caliber L042.1, composed of 370 total parts, 84 of which they will devote to the filigreed tourbillon, which

despite its complexity weighs only a quarter of a gram. This movement’s technical claim to fame, of course, is the

ability of the oscillating balance inside the rotating tourbillon cage to be reset to the precise second, a rarity in a

tourbillon-equipped movement. Pulling the crown also triggers a complex lever mechanism that pivots a movable V-

shaped spring onto the balance wheel rim, stopping the balance instantly. The shape of the arresting spring is to

ensure the correct amount of pressure on the balance regardless of the cage’s position, and the design of the

mechanism is to preserve the potential energy of the stopped balance spring so that it can restart instantly after they

push the crown back in.


The one-minute tourbillon features a revolutionary stop-seconds device.

Tailored to the shape of the 29.5-mm x 39.2-mm platinum case — another rarity for watch movements in rectangular

cases — Caliber L042.1 has also been upgraded from its 2008 predecessor with a new indexless oscillation system with

a Lange balance spring. The lozenge motif of the dial’s center continues on the black-rhodiumed wheel cocks, also

creatinga “visual bridge” says Lange, between the dial and movement sides. Other highlights include the train wheel

bridge, made of untreated German silver as per tradition and enhanced with a subtle granular surface echoing those

on historical pocketwatch calibers; the winding train, decorated with solarization and visibly integrated into the plate,

whose engraved inscriptions are black rhodium-finished; and the nine gold chatons. The barrel stores An extensive

power reserve of 120 hours.


The dial’s decorative patterns are echoed on the ornately finished movement.

Like the Handwerkskunst models that preceded it, the Cabaret Tourbillon edition has strictly limits in production to 30

engraved and numbered pieces, all delivered on hand-stitched leather straps with a deployant buckle in 950 platinum.

Pricing is available only on request.

By Victoria E.I

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