Lange’s Most Complex Watch

When watchmaker Jan Silva got his first glimpse of the innards of the A Lange & Söhne Grande Complication 42500 pocketwatch, made in 1902, his heart sank. He saw that restoring them to anything resembling a working movement would be a Herculean labor.

Lange’s Most Complex Watch
Lange’s Most Complex Watch |

The year was 2001. The watch had been brought to A Lange & Söhne’s headquarters in Glashütte, Germany by a married couple at the request of the watch’s owner, an elderly ex-housekeeper who had received the watch more than 50 years earlier as a gift from her employer. The owner wanted to know if it were worth repairing: time had turned it into a gunked-up, rusted mess — via

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