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Compared: Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre a Chronographe Versus A. Lange & Sohne Datograph

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. The clash of titans is on! When WatchBox received both a white gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre a Chronographe and platinum A. Lange & Sohne Datograph, a comparison was inevitable. Although each of these watches received its own spotlight video, a side-by-side comparison illuminates the key differentiators between these champions of Swiss and Saxon high horology. Which one will be the watch YOU want? A. Lange & Sohne Datograph: There are luxury watches that come, go, and vanish from the collective imagination of the enthusiast community. And then there are models like the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph, a seismic Saxon shockwave that rocked Swiss haute horlogerie to its core and captivated a world of collectors. The 1999 launch of the Datograph was a moment that redefined the watch industry on manifold levels. East German watchmaking, long considered a "feel good" story of plucky underdogs and capitalist resilience, suddenly vaulted to eye-level with Geneva's elite. Lange, then something of a well-kept connoisseur's secret, exploded into the mainstream consciousness. Naturally, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin were sent scrambling to rethink their vaunted standards of fit, finish, and detail. Yes, the first Lange Datograph was *that* good. And it remains *that* good sixteen years after blitzing Basel. The 39mm platinum case and black dial remain as striking today as they did in the Millennium Bug era. Each studied flourish from the contrast of the polished and brushed facets to the immaculate polished lugs scintillates while enticing admirers to look even closer. "Legendary" is a platitude; almost all superlatives follow suit. This watch, the original A. Lange & Sohne Datograph, is a watch that changed the language of Francophone watch snobs. A luxury watch as special as this one deserves its own suite of adjectives; its very name should be a synonym for excellence. Perhaps in the future, when revolutionary and game-changing watches emerge, we'll simply call them "Datograph." See the original A. Lange & Sohne Datograph in high-resolution images at www.thewatchbox.com Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre a Chronographe: Darth Vader would approve of this Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre a Chronographe in 18-karat white gold. The brilliant white case encloses a heart of darkness; this is the only Duometre a Chronographe variant to have been produced with the coveted black dial. And as a limited edition, it's one of only 200 produced. See this Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre a Chronographe 18-karat white gold limited edition in high-resolution imagery on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.