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Friday, July 29, 2016

Tissot Keeps Time At The Tour de France

Tissot needs to keep track of the individual times of each racer at the start and finish of each race and throughout each day. 

For Swiss watch brand, Tissot, being the official timekeeper of the Tour de France isn’t just about product placement. It’s about keeping accurate times for 198 cyclists during the 2,200-mile, 23-day race throughout France. It’s a challenging job, particularly since the start and finish line moves daily. In addition, there are two “time trials,” sprints in which cyclists race alone against the clock.

To keep accurate times for all of the racers, organize the data and distribute the results immediately throughout the world, the 2016 Tour de France required a team of eight technicians using a proprietary integrated system tailor-made to cycling, explains Alain Zobrist, CEO of Tissot Timing.  This year marked the first time Tissot has been the Tour de France official timekeeper since 1992.

Alain Zobrist, CEO of Tissot Timing, explains the process of timing the Tour de France. Photo by Anthony DeMarco

“What we basically provide is start to finish timekeeping and everything that happens in between for the normal stages and time trials,” he said. “The team gets up at 5 to 6 a.m. each day and builds everything in two to three hours and then tests the equipment (prior to the beginning of each day).”

In addition to the start and finish times, the time and speed for each racer is being recorded and transmitted during the race. To measure this, Zobrist says antennas and transformers are positioned on the front of the bikes.

One of the two cameras that record all of the racers as they cross the finish line. Photo by Anthony DeMarco 

Perhaps the most important pieces of equipment are two cameras positioned on either side of the finish line. They focus on a narrow five-meter space and take 2,000 photos per seconds, thus providing a real time look of the finish, including photo finishes, Zobrist explains. Two cameras are needed so they can clearly identify each cyclist as he crosses the line. 

“It is the only device to identify the winner at the end of the stages,” Zobrist said. 

A technician works at organizing the race data inside the trailer. Photo by Anthony DeMarco

The images are transferred to a small trailer at the finish line, manned by four technicians and four race officials. The images are first transferred to two laptops, then they move to a PC where data is managed and then to a third laptop for broadcast. In addition, everything is backed up. 

Under normal circumstances, the world will learn about the results in seconds. If it’s a close finish, it will take longer. 

Some of the crowd at the Champs-Élysées  in Paris, where the 23-day race ends. Photo by Anthony DeMarco

“It's quite a job to provide all data to electronic Internet and broadcast it to media,” he said. “Normally it takes 15 seconds for first three finishers and for the first 10 finishers, 20 to 30 seconds.”

Of course there’s a product tie in. In the US it’s the Limited Edition Tissot PRC 200 Tour de France 2016 (pictured above). The 42mm steel chronograph has a black dial with Arabic and Index numerals with the Tour de France logo engraved on the caseback and a quartz movement. At a $475 price tag, the watch is currently sold out but more are expected and can be preordered. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Harry Winston Opens 12th US Salon In Houston

The House of Harry Winston opened its first retail salon in Houston in the River Oaks District shopping center. 

Among the architectural highlights, the floor of the foyer entrance, made of black marble from Belgium and white marble from Colorado, creates an image of a round brilliant diamond. The hanging chandelier, which seem to be in the shape of Harry Winston cluster diamond jewels, are custom-made in Italy. 

The soft taupe and grey color palette complements the furnishings, custom-made in Italy, which combine black lacquer and antique bronze furniture fabric with contemporary lines. The walled display cases are made in Switzerland.

There are dedicated areas for high jewelry, bridal, timepiece and fine jewelry collections; as well private rooms for more personalized service. For more privacy, the salon has a VIP entrance with private parking on the second level.

The store in the River Oaks District, a 14-acre outdoor luxury boutique shopping center, marks Harry Winston’s 12th US salon. 

The US luxury brand is owned by the Swiss conglomerate, Swatch Group. 

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Miners Partner With Designers To Create Sustainable Jewels

Emerald and diamond necklace by Carolina Bucci using Gemfields Zambian emeralds 

Two London-based mining companies worked with jewellery designers to create new pieces that promote the sustainable and humane practices of the mines they operate. Another key selling point is provenance, knowing which mine the gems were unearthed.

London-based mining and marketing company, Gemfields, worked with MUSE, a New York showroom for emerging and established fine jewellery designers, for a collection of limited-edition and well-priced jewels. Designers Carolina Bucci, Dezso by Sara Beltrán, Elena Votsi, Holly Dyment, Michelle Fantaci, Nikos Koulis, Savannah Stranger, Silvia Furmanovich, Yossi Harari and AYA by Chelsy Davy unveiled a range of jewels at the Couture Show using Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines in those two countries.

“Rose Petal” earrings by Silvia Furmanovich using Gemfields Mozambican rubies

Most styles are based on each of the designers’ bestsellers, recreated with Gemfields rubies and emeralds. The collection is for everyday wear targeting a fashion-forward consumer, with the majority of the limited production collection falling within the $1,000 and $10,000 price range (with the exception of a few high value statement pieces).

This type of approach isn’t new for Gemfields. The company has been producing collections through partnerships with designers (experienced and emerging) for a number of years. The difference with this particular collection is its affordability.

Ruby and diamond “Crisscross” ring by Yossi Harari using Gemfields Mozambican rubies

“Having done collaborations at both ends of the spectrum, we see the alignment with MUSE as the perfect opportunity to showcase the versatility of color and connect with a fresh new audience,” said Gabriella Harvey, Gemfields director of Procurement and Product Services.

18k yellow gold and diamond earrings by Suzanne Kalan with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine

Mining giant Rio Tinto used unveiled their “Diamonds with Story” collection, working with six US designers: Paige Novick, Xiao Wang, Jennifer Dawes, Matthew Campbell Laurenza, Suzanne Kalan and Sandy Leong. All of the diamonds are sourced from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Western Australia. The mine is most famously known for its rare Argyle pink diamonds. However, diamonds being used for the collections are primarily white and champagne.

The “Infinity’ three row curved ring by Paige Novick with diamond pave from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine

Like Gemfields, affordability is important with these creations. Unlike Gemfields, all of the designers are experienced and well-known to the trade and consumers.

18k yellow gold band, 6g, .53ctw rose cut cognac diamonds, .05ctw round brilliant cut diamonds by Jennifer Dawes using Rio Tinto diamonds from its Argyle mine

“Increasingly, the value of a diamond is tied to where and how the diamond was mined, how it was cut and polished, and the process of bringing it to sale,” said Bruno Sané, general manager of marketing for Rio Tinto Diamonds. “This is a very reasonable expectation that is steadily reshaping the diamond industry for the better.” 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

June Hong Kong Jewelry Fair Attracts Nearly 25,000 Buyers

A total of 24,861 visitors from 109 countries and regions attended the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The four-day fair, which concluded June 26 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, featured 2,210 exhibitors in 70,000 square meters of exhibition space. 

“We are glad to see the overall number of visitors has remained steady compared to last year’s edition even under the current challenging world economy,” said Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia. “The number of visitors from Korea, Myanmar and Cambodia increased 72%, 45% and 43%, respectively. The implication of this growth is that the purchasing power of these emerging markets is unquestionable. Even more exciting is the increase of 15% of the visitor numbers from a traditional jewelry market, North America. The figures further confirm the strong position of the June Fair in the industry.”

Below are detailed visitor numbers at the June Fair:

* The total number of visitors over four days reached 24,861. These visitors, from 109 countries and regions, made 46,814 visits during the fair’s four-day run;

* Visitors from outside Hong Kong totaled 15,988, accounting for 64% of the total number of visitors;

* Hong Kong-based visitors totaled 8,873;

* The Top 10 sources of visitors from outside Hong Kong and mainland China were India, Taiwan region, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Korea, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia. Overall, the Top 10 visiting countries accounted for 18.8% of the total number of visitors.

The June Fair will mark its 30th anniversary next year. Lau said new enhancements are being planned. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

‘Editor’s Choice’ Returns To September Asia Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair

Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair – September will be held September 13 -16 in Hall 2 and the Concourse of AsiaWorld-Expo, in Hong Kong, and will feature the “Editor’s Choice” display for the second time.

The 14th edition of the fair organized by UBM Asia will host more than 380 exhibitors from 12 countries. More than 80 percent of exhibitors are from outside Hong Kong. The event is expected to attract more than 6,600 global buyers who are eager to source collections for Spring/Summer 2017 as well as timeless favorites.

Following positive feedback to its launch in March, the “Editor’s Choice” display returns to the fair. The special display features select products chosen by the editors of AFJA Review. The products are based on four categories: stainless steel, natural materials, crystals and semi-precious stones, and pearls and imitation pearls. 

“We would like to bring more business opportunities to the industry by adding new attractions to the fair. We believe this showcase will make the sourcing trips of our visitors more interesting and inspiring,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia Ltd.

Other highlights of the fair include five group pavilions featuring exhibitors from mainland China, India, Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan region. In addition, the Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion has been expanded. 

UBM Asia has arranged free continuous bus service running from the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and Tsim Sha Tsui to AsiaWorld-Expo. The shuttle bus schedule and pick-up points can be found at 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Paris Biennale des Antiquaires Includes Cindy Chao, de Grisogono, Boghossian, Nirav Modi And New Timepiece Exhibit

The Emerald Maharani Necklace by Nirav Modi made of graduated, rare, vivid green emerald beads totaling more than 870 carats complemented by more than 146 carats of oval shaped and pear shaped diamonds

The Paris Biennale des Antiquaires is not only one of the world’s most important antique fairs but it is also an important stage for international high jewelry brands. However, with the organization’s renewed focused on antique galleries, a number high jewelers left the show—from a reported 14 in 2014 to four this year. Among those who have pulled out are Parisian jewelers Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels Bocheron, Italian jewelry house Bulgari, and Hong Kong jewelry artist Wallace Chan.

Sketch of 2016 Black Label Masterpiece Winter Leaves Necklace by Cindy Chao The Art Jewel

Among the jewelers exhibiting at the 28th edition of the fair (being held September 10 – 18 at the Grand Palais), perhaps the biggest name and the most surprising is Cindy Chao, the Taiwanese jewelry artist who has gained international acclaim for her hand-sculptured, gem-encrusted jewels. It is not only her first time at the fair but it the first time her pieces will be open to a public exhibition.

The 41-year-old jewelry artist (who works under the brand, Cindy Chao Art Jewels) will be showing her most iconic pieces from her 12-year career and will unveil her latest “Black Label Masterpiece” pieces, her most celebrated and collectible jewels.

White gold ring set with a 10.15-carat round diamond, 84 emeralds (1.20 carats) and 387 white diamonds (8.97 carats) by de Grisogono

The Geneva luxury jewelry brand, de Grisogono, known for jewels and watches as flamboyant as the brand’s founder, Fawaz Gruosi, is returning to the Biennale for the first time since 2008. For the event the brand is focusing on larger precious stones of significant importance, most notably a 404-carat diamond it recently purchased that is being cut and polished in New York.

26.26-carat Ceylon cushion-shaped sapphire inlaid into a chalcedony bangle sapphire by Boghossian

Another art jeweler known for “audacious” designs and using outsized materials is Boghossian. The brand, based in Geneva and Antwerp is known for its interpretation of what it calls an “East meets West” style—based on Armenian, Persian, Syrian or Byzantine influences. It is also known for what its “art of inlay” technique where gems are set within one another.

Nirav Modi, a company known for its Indian-influenced luxury jewels, will be featuring three one-of-a-kind pieces led by the Emerald Maharani Necklace (top photo) made of graduated, rare, vivid green emerald beads totaling more than 870 carats complemented by more than 146 carats of oval shaped and pear shaped diamonds.

Portable sundial, Pierre LeMaire, Paris, early 18th Cnetury, from the Musée International de l’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It’s part of the “The Conquest of Time” exhibition by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

For the first time there will be an historical non-selling timepiece exhibit by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, an organization tasked with preserving the historical heritage of high watchmaking. “The Mastery of Time,” a thematic exhibition illustrating the history of watchmaking and tracing the measurement of the origins of time. The exhibit will include 100 artifacts and historic watchmaking in an exhibition made up of six sections, designed to highlight the developments that have made “watchmaking one of the finest achievements of humankind.”

While the number of jewelry exhibitors has shrunk dramatically, the overall show has grown by 30 percent, according to the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, which organizes the nine-day event. There will be a minimum of 113 galleries from 12 countries exhibiting, making it the largest art event in 2016, according to the Syndicat. It also is the last time the fair will be held biannually. After this year it will be an annual event. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Piaget Launches Polo S Watch In New York With 9 'Game Changers'

Polo S chronograph with blue dial

Swiss luxury brand Piaget came to New York to launch the newest version of its iconic Polo S timepiece at an event Thursday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition, the brand unveiled nine men they described as “game changers,” who have been chosen to wear and represent the timepiece.

Polo S watch with slate-grey dial

Philippe Leopold-Metzger, Piaget CEO, said the Piaget Polo watch always had a strong association with New York, which is why the brand returned to the city for this year’s launch.

Polo S watch with silver dial
“It was here in 1985 that the Piaget polo team celebrated the watch by riding down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue,” he told the crowd of approximately 800 retailers, VIP customers and press from around the world. “Thus, there could be no greater city or place for Piaget to celebrate the legacy of the original Piaget Polo with the launch of a new watch, for a new generation.”

Polo S chronograph with silver dial

The 42mm watch is housed in a round case that surrounds the cushion-shaped face. There are two models: the automatic Piaget Polo S, equipped with the 1110P movement with a blue, silver or slate-gray dial for $9,350; and the Piaget Polo S Chronograph with the 1160P movement for $12,400.

Polo S watch with blue dial

As part of the launch Piaget selected nine men to wear the Piaget Polo S and to be a “friend of the maison," describing each as a “game changer in his own profession and an influencer with digital power.”

They are led by actor and producer, Ryan Reynold, who is Piaget’s international brand ambassador.  The other eight men are:

* Malcolm Borwick, businessman and polo player

* Joël Dicker, novelist

* Hu Ge, actor and singer

* David Goffin, tennis player

* Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor, artist and businessman

* Michael B. Jordan, actor

* Miyavi Musician, singer, songwriter and actor

* Jean-François Piège, chef

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World Diamond Council Elects Stephane Fischler As Vice President

The World Diamond Council Board of Directors elected Stephane Fischler as vice president of the organization Wednesday. As a founding member of the WDC, Fischler has been actively involved in the WDC since its inception.

According to WDC bylaws, Fischler will be the next president of the WDC at the end of his two-year term in 2018.

The WDC represents the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of systems developed by the Kimberley Process, a government and industry certification plan designed to eradicate and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond trade.

“The WDC’s role in representing the industry at the Kimberley Process forum is critically important to the success and integrity of the KP,” Fischler said. “I look forward to contributing to this valuable work.”

A partner in the company Fischler Diamonds, Fischler currently serves as the president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, vice president of the International Diamond Council and Diamond Development Initiative, and treasurer of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association. He is also a current member of the Board of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

“Stephane Fischler’s extensive knowledge and experience, not only in the industry, but specifically with the KP, is invaluable to the WDC,” said Andrey Polyakov, WDC president.

In addition, Ronnie VanderLinden was re-elected treasurer of the WDC for a second term, and Udi Sheintal will continue in the position of corporate secretary.  

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Bulgari’s ‘Piccola Catene’ Collection

Bulgari’s newest watch collection for women turns a collection of tiny watches into a bold fashion statement.

The “Piccola Catene” (small chains) collection is based on the gourmette chain that was a signature design motif of the Roman jewelry house in 1970s. The gourmette chain consists of braided flattened loops with rough and smooth sides.

The design of the chains, available in 18k pink or white gold, either paved in diamonds or diamond pavé in alternating links, brings refinement and airiness to the collection of tiny watches.

These chains attach to watches that are mere 22mm in diameter. The bezel is either paved with diamonds or engraved by the double Bulgari signature, inspired by Ancient Roman coins, and a symbol of the jewelry house. The dials are available in black lacquer, white mother-of-pearl or diamond pavé. The gold crown on all of the watches is set with a pink cabochon-cut stone.

There are four models, all with quartz movements, in the collection. They are available as follows:

* Case and chain bracelet in 18k pink gold, black lacquered dial bearing 12 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers

* Case in 18k pink gold with bezel set with 31 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18k pink gold chain bracelet with links partially set with 22 brilliant-cut diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial bearing 12 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers.

* Case in 18k white gold with bezel set with 31 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18k white gold chain bracelet with links partially set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds and a black dial bearing 12 brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers.

* Case in 18k white gold with bezel set with 31 brilliant-cut diamonds, 18k white gold chain bracelet with links set with 104 brilliant-cut diamonds, and dial paved with brilliant-cut diamonds. 

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Arya Esha's Cosmos-Inspired Galaxy Collection

Galaxy Collection Orbit Pendant with purple amethyst and diamonds set in recycled gold

By Gretchen Friedrich, Jewelry News Network Social Media Manager

Priyanka Murthy, founder and chief designer for Arya Esha, connects the distance between earth and the cosmos with her Galaxy jewelry collection, the latest in Arya Esha's award-winning portfolio. A sampling of Galaxy lined the display cases in JCK's 2016 Elite Enclave.

The otherworldly ensemble is fashion forward and eco-friendly. Recycled gold houses conflict free diamonds and gemstones in all of Arya Esha's components and finished products.

This Galaxy Collection Orbit pendant featuring purple Amethyst and diamonds set in recycled gold is just one of the Universe-inspired pieces in a lineup that defies convention.

Galaxy Collection Indus Earrings with prasiolite and diamonds set in recycled 18k gold

Murthy's Space Odyssey
Design captain Murthy's previous life involved legal dossiers and Fulbright Scholarships in her career as a human rights attorney. But jewelry was literally in her blood. “My family is in the jewelry industry (her father owned a bridal jewelry company) and I needed a creative outlet.”

The creative outlet proved to be a well-calculated pursuit in the form of Arya Esha, the award-winning luxury jewelry enterprise. Industry accolades include JCK Rising Star, 2015, JCK Editor's Choice Top 3 Designers of 2015, and 2015 Spectrum Award-- Evening Wear, AGTA.

Her formal law training did instill a logical progression from concept to functioning product. Component details like stone dimensions and proportions are always factors in the prototype phase of production. "It (the design) has to work and be beautiful," Murthy says, when asked about advancing ideas from paper to the client.

Galaxy Collection Cetra Ring with blue topaz and diamonds set in recycled 18k gold

Celestial Sightings
Arya Esha, which translates from Sanskrit to "Goddess of Truth," is attracting attention from headlining Hollywood stars as well, including Kerry Washington, Claire Danes and Julia Roberts.

Recalling the day Arya Esha's Galaxy Carina earrings landed in the hands of Julia Roberts' stylist, Murthy reveals, "I couldn't believe it, after all the rejections from stylists, here I was sending earrings to Julia Roberts." This placement has sentimental value, as Murthy threw a Pretty Woman marathon party in her early days at Northwestern University.

Noting Murthy's transition from legalese to astral-themed accessories, the question of inspiration rose. The Galaxy collection represents reaching for the stars to accomplish your goals. There are no limits to creativity and accomplishment, a mantra that keeps Murthy in that expanse between vision and production.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

A. Lange & Söhne Introduces High Watches For 2016

The Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon

German luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne has created a niche in the world of high watchmaking by producing traditional timepieces with mechanical precision and full, balanced designs. 

The seven watches unveiled for 2016, ranging from simplistic beauty to high complications, provide an overview on the skills of this watch brand. A few of the timepieces are now available at retailers, including A. Lange & Söhne boutiques, and the remaining will roll out in the next few months.

The Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon (top photo)
The 41.5mm platinum case houses a black dial with sub dials that indicate all chronograph functions as well as all perpetual calendar indications—including the Lang signature outsized date, the day-of-week, month and leap-year. The “Up/Down” power-reserve indicator is located at the end of the tachymeter. 

It is powered by an enhanced, hand-crafted, in-house movement: the manually wound caliber L952.2 (pictured above). 

The tourbillon mechanism is exposed by the sapphire-crystal caseback and the open tourbillon bridge. 

The column-wheel chronograph has a jumping minute counter and a flyback function. The perpetual calendar is designed to be true until March 1, 2100. The moon phase display is designed not to deviate by a single day for 122.6 years. Three correctors allow the separate adjustment of the moon-phase display, the day of the week and the combined advance of the month and leap-year indications. A rapid-correction pusher at ten o’clock updates all displays at the same time.

The watch is limited to 100 pieces. 

Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
This watch is driven by a one-second constant-force escapement with an integrated jumping mechanism. The company says this ensures accuracy down to each second, which can be easily seen with each “jump.” A “zero-reset” mechanism with a multi-disc clutch allows the seconds hand to jump to the zero position when the crown is pulled.

On this 39.9mm platinum timepiece the seconds sub-dial is the largest of the three sub-dials on the rhodium-colored dial. The smaller hour and minute circles are arranged beneath the seconds indicator. This watch is powered by the new manually wound L094.1 manufacture caliber with a 42-hour power reserve. 

The watch is limited to 200 pieces.

Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” 
This timepiece combines a brilliant moon phase display with a luminous outsize date. The 41mm platinum case houses a dial made of blackened silver with large apertures and black-tinted, semi-transparent sapphire-crystal glass with a coating that blocks most of the visible light but not the UV spectra that allows luminous pigments on the outsize-date mechanism, making it illuminate in the dark. 

The moon phase disc (located on the top of the main dial) is made of glass that is first treated with a patented coating process. A laser is then used to cut out 1,164 stars and the moon. A luminous compound behind the lunar disc allows the stars and moon to emit light. 

The timepiece is powered by the manually wound caliber L095.4 with a 72-hour power reserve and an “Up/Down” indicator at the 3 o’clock.

The watch is limited to 200 pieces.

Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar in White Gold
This timepiece combines two classic complications with the design of A. Lange & Söhne’s best known watch collection. The calendar consists of a Lange outsized date, retrograde day-of-the-week and leap-year displays and a peripheral month ring. All of the perpetual calendar displays advance instantaneously. 

The tourbillon can be seen through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The movement is equipped with Lange’s patented stop-seconds mechanism that brings the balance inside the tourbillon cage to a standstill when the crown is pulled. 

The 41.9mm white gold timepiece with a silver grey dial is powered by the automatic caliber L082.1 with a 50-hour power reserve.

Lange 1 in White Gold
This 38.5mm watch is an extension of the LANGE 1 watch collection in white gold with luminous hands and hour markers, and an silver-colored dial, which is now being produced for the 20th year. It complements the models in pink gold, yellow gold and platinum. 

It is powered by the manually wound caliber L121.1, introduced in 2015, which combines a large balance wheel with eccentric poising weights and a free-sprung Lange balance spring. It has a 72-hour power reserve, which is indicated with an “Up/Down” display at 3 o’clock.

Saxonia Moon Phase 
This 40mm timepiece available in white and pink gold combines a moon phase function and the characteristic Lange outsized date in a classic watch design. The date is located prominently on the silver dial at 12 o’clock and the moon phase at 6 o’clock in the center of a seconds sub dial. 

It is powered by the automatic caliber L086.5 with a 72-hour power reserve. 

Saxonia Thin
The newest version of this timepiece, introduced in 2011 has a newly designed silver dial and case and is the thinnest timepiece created by the watch brand. The gold baton hour markers have been slightly elongated and shifted closer to the bezel, which complement the retouched, silver dial. 

The 40mm case available in pink or white gold is only 5.9mm high. The manually wound caliber L093.1 movement is only 2.9mm high and has a 72-hour power reserve. 

The Saxonia Thin, Lange 1 in white gold and the Saxonia Moon Phase are now available. The Lange 1 Tourbillon PC in White Gold is expected to be available in mid-July. The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon and Grand Lange 1, Moonphase Lumen will be available in the fall. 

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