OMEGA Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday Limited Edition
The cut-aways on the case might take some getting used to, but are a refined look, and I think will have lasting appeal. In terms of the automatic movement, Svend Andersen is going to give this limited edition watch line an excellent treatment. A unique engraved titanium rotor is placed on the movement, and the overall movement is decorate and modified. I am very excited to see one of these new SpidoLite watches in person. They are going to be officially debuted at Baselworld in April, with availability starting soon after. The edition is limited to 222, 44, and 44 pieces for the different versions of the SpidoLite line (titanium, DLC, yellow sapphire). Price will be around ,000 with availability directly from Linde Werdelin themselves.
Diameter: 37 mm
Height: 5.43 mm without bridge over the ratchet wheels; 6.46 mm with bridge over the ratchet wheels
Height of the rotating tourbillon: 12.2 mm
Beat rate / frequency: 21.600 beats per hour
Number of barrels: 2
Power reserve: 42 hours
Number of jewels: 67
Number of sub dials: 3
Indications: minutes and hours; seconds; tourbillon
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The company is divided into several buildings all located near each other. The buildings themselves are antiques, carefully preserved and fully modernized within. In some departments modern machinery sits next to machines well over 100 years old. Certain traditional technical requirements are best completed on hand-operated machinery that is no longer made. You get the feeling that even though the complex is modern, the goal is to create the most tradition oriented and functional setting for the watch makers, and that no technique or process is too burdensome to get that perfect result. "Why do the watch makers wear lab coats?" I ask. "Mostly because of tradition, and it helps keep their clothes clean, but mostly because of tradition." Something in that statement comforts me. In the next part of the A. Lange & Sohne trip coverage, I will discuss the watch factory process in more detail, as it is an exhaustive process, and I was only given but a glimpse. Thus far the atmosphere is unpretentious and calm. It feels like it would be a good place to work, with smiles plentiful and attitudes cheery. Framed pictures on the walls in each room of are of watch movements, portions thereof, or completed timepieces. They are a helpful reminders of what is important to the people at Lange. These people really enjoy what they do, and take an immense sense of accomplishment and pride in the end result. Next, I'll discuss what goes into everything you can and can't see in an A. Lange & Sohne timepiece.