Grand Prix d'Horlogerie Asia 2009 Watch of the Year Winner  1 Comments


It was about time that classic and simple watches return to importance in the world of serious horology. The GPdH Asia - unlike its Geneve cousin - has a panel of Asian judges who are renown collectors without any connection to any brands nor to Edipresse - the media organisation that runs this competition every year. The GPdH Asia held its annual gala event on the 25th Sept to coincide with the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore.
Unlike the other winners from the sub categories this year, the watch of the year went to this simple looking watch from A Lange & Sohne - the Richard Lange Pour Le Merite (RLPM).
This simple three handed watch (unlike the standard Richard Lange which has centre seconds) features a hidden complication only Lange & Breguet is able to manufacture - the chain & fusee. Unlike the Breguet Chain & Fusee which is perceptibly larger, the Lange's design is more akin to a very fine bicycle chain. Look carefully at the movement capture to appreciate how fine the work is on the chain. While the Richard Lange dial design does not call to me, horologically speaking, the RLPLM is one of the most discreet looking of all high horology. It reminds me of the more gentlemanly days when understatement is the call of the day and real men wore their wealth discreetly like a tourbillon on the back rather than the front.

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- HT



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