Besides A. Lange and Söhne, there is another brand that I adore. I don’t normally talk about them because of their somewhat under-the-radar-50-pieces-per-year production volume and low profile here in Singapore, but they’re always up there with ALS.
Enter Lang & Heyne. Founded by Marco Lang and Miri Heyne in 2001, the latter left to pursue other career opportunities in the watch industry(*ahem* Nomos *cough*cough*) in 2003, whilst Marco stayed on with the brand. The amicable terms of the split left the company name unchanged and to this day, Lang & Heyne continues to make traditional Saxon pieces that are finished to a relatively high standard (at a very reasonable price I must add).
And this, folks, is the Friedrich III. 18K rose gold, silver frosted dial and cathedral hands. Measuring 39.2mm*10.5mm high, with a 55 hour reserve. Manual winding. I’ll be posting the rear of the case in a separate post, just because something that beautiful deserves a caption and write up of its own.
P.S. L&H secures it’s straps via a triple lug setup. So it helps if one knows a guy that makes custom straps.