Double is often better, but with the Triple Split chronograph, A. Lange and Söhne push the limits of complex, fine watchmaking even further!
A. Lange and Söhne Triple Split
With a name that sounds like something seen only on a Cirque du Soleil stage or during an Olympic Gymnastics event, the Triple Split is a mechanical first in the world of luxury watches.
Often considered amongst the most complex watch complications, the rattrapante chronograph allows the timing of multiple events that start together but do not end together, for example, successive laps in a race. This is achieved by pushing the split button, which stops one of the chronograph hands, but allows the other to keep running. When pushed again, the split button causes the stopped hand to jump forward and meet the moving hand.
In 2004, with the introduction of the Double Split. A. Lange and Söhne set records by creating the first split-time chronograph capable of splitting not just the seconds, but also minutes, enabling the timing of successive events starting within 30-minutes of each other.
The Triple Split adds a third dimension to the measurement of split timings, allowing successive events as far apart as 12-hours to be individually measured upto the hours, minutes and seconds.
The list of functions of the Triple Split is a long one, but the stand-out feature, the splitting of hours, minutes and seconds is achieved by adding a second hour-hand in an hour sub-dial, located at 12 o’clock.
The Triple Split is not a subtle watch in terms of its size, measuring 43.2mm x 15.6mm and it is available only in white gold. In true Lange fashion however, this timepiece makes a bold statement with an air of understated sophistication and class.
The dial is crafted from solid silver and is in a grey colour that perfectly complements the gold, rhodium-plated chronograph hands, hour markers and hour and minute hands. The three rattrapante hands are in a beautifully contrasting shade of blue and crafted from steel.
The three chronograph sub-dials for hours, minutes and seconds are silver coloured
and set at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock respectively. The power reserve indicator is located at 6 o’clock and the Triple Split has a power reserve of 55 hours.
The centerpiece of the Lange Triple Split is the exquisite in-house manufacture movement calibre L132.1 visible through the sapphire crystal case back. The exceptional watchmakers at A. Lange and Söhne have once again proved their unparalleled skill, precision and artistry, creating a movement that is as much a work of art at the watch itself.
HOT Verdict: Big, bold and beautiful, this watch has captured our attention!