The quest for a simple traveler’s watch is something pursued by watch makers for time immemorial.
It must be easy to adjust, take all the worlds 24 time zones into account and be effortless to set for even the most lagged jet-setter on his latest travels. At the same time small enough to make this large complication comfortable to wear and fast enough to disappear back into the subconscious after an effortless button press or two.
The operation of this model has remained the same since the 2005 first introduction of the calibre, yet each successive model which houses it, seems to have become a slight be more seductive. With its combination of polished and brushed case, throwback movement view to the original Lange 1, and hints of “boutique” blue the visuals of this have become even a bit more beautiful and a bit easier to read then previous versions. Kudos in Saxony all around!
Interestingly, the three quarter plate in the original Lange 1, has been opened up here to get a bit more of a glimpse of what makes this watch special…in particular the GMT wheels that are of course not part of the original Lange 1. They seem to rise over the original movement with a well adorned bridge to fasten them with engraving from one of the four master engravers in the factory.
All-in-all, it would be hard to conceive a world timer more “tight” and at the same time ‘balanced’ to its time keeping task…a small object making the wide world a bit smaller to those intrepid enough to navigate it.
Case: 41.9 x 11mm, Limited edition, boutique only “Honey Gold”
Dial: silver with “blue accents” as boutique identifier, as well as “GMT” letters.
Calibre: L 031.1, manual wind.
Complications: World Time with full cities of the world display. Date, power reserve, day night indicator.
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Strap: Crocodile with honey gold tang buckle
The MB&F HM5 Carbon Macrolon
The MB&F HM5 crafted out of Carbon Macrolon is an innovative and stylish way to keep time while driving! With the flip up vents and other 1970s style automotive flourishes, you will not have to flick your wrist to see the time as you navigate the twisties.