FrontRunners: Lunar Landing

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As eye-catching as the finely detailed moon-phase display on the back of the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna (www.alange-soehne.com) may be, the real beauty of this $229,400 watch is its precision. The regulator-dial layout—a time-honored symbol of accuracy—hints at such internal features as the constant-force mechanism that feeds steady power to the balance wheel and house-made hairspring. The display on the watch’s reverse side, which plots the position and phase of the moon relative to the sun (represented by the balance wheel), marks the company’s entry into the field of astronomic complications. 

The new timepiece has a fluid-based linear timekeeping display…
The new watch has multiple systems to ensure that its movement receives consistent power…
Computer-aided design is allowing watchmakers to push the boundaries of innovation...
The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…
The two back-to-back auctions will offer hundreds of unique designs…
The new variation sports a dial crafted from a meteorite...
Photo by Didier Gourdon
The new watch has a tourbillon hidden by an automaton…
Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
Jeweler Cartier innovative work combined Roman, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese elements with...
The watch’s case is a mere 8.24 mm thick…
The company’s signature mixture of technical and aesthetic watchmaking is on display in the Bovet...