A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
The iconic asymmetrical face of the Lange 1 traces its roots directly to the pocket watches that gave rise to Ferdinand Adolf Lange’s original endeavors, and to the wristwatch that put the Glashütte-based craftsman back on the horological map. Quietly reintroduced to the public in 2015, the new Lange 1 is powered by the L121.1 hand-wound movement. Employing 368 parts and 43 jewels, the L121.1 is the 50th new, in-house calibre to debut since the company’s rebirth in 1994 — a feat unheard of for such a small watchmaker. The Lange 1 measures just 38.5mm wide by 9.8mm thick, making it optimally sized for black-tie affairs.
Angelus U40 Racing Tourbillon Skeleton
If you’re unfamiliar with Angelus watches, you’re not alone. The 125-year-old brand is one of the many that succumbed to the Quartz crisis of the ’70s and has only just recently been given a new lease on life. They’ve returned with a bang. The U40 Racing Tourbillon Skeleton’s 42mm titanium case houses an in-house A-300 movement with a flying tourbillon, yet it’s incredibly thin at 4.3mm.