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The Watch That Never Sleeps

By Team GQ Middle East
23 October 2018
From its luminous dial and indicators at night, to a clearly visible mechanism during the day, A. Lange & Söhne’s new Datograph Up/Down "Lumen" has you stylishly covered

We get it, you’re a global citizen, you don’t have time to sleep. But the man who never stops requires a wristwatch that does the same, a chronograph that can take him from day to night looking impeccable throughout. Allow us to introduce A. Lange & Söhne’s Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”.

Part of a strict limited edition series of 200, the Datograph Up/Down “Lumen” will garner you some serious style points – as well as a flyback function, a precisely jumping minute counter and a power-reserve indicator. But, as in life, it’s after dark when things get really interesting. 

As daylight fades, the Datograph Up/Down “Lumen” moves into a new phase thanks to a semi-transparent dial and a luminous compound that causes all displays to glow a popping shade of green.

From the hour and minute hands to the chronograph sweep seconds hand, the subsidiary dials to the minute scale, the concentric tachymeter scale to the power-reserve arrow applique, you’ll enjoy the “Lumen” experience in all its glory. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the outsized date indicator. Composed of two separate display elements, it’s designed to glow immediately after a midnight switching sequence made possible by a luminous tens cross and a black printed unit disc made of transparent glass, which rotates above a luminous background. Both elements must recharge during the day when positioned beneath the dial.

A Lange & Söhne, Datograph

But let’s be clear: this isn’t tech over aesthetics. This is style and substance, and, during the day as its evening glow recharges, you can actually view the entire watch mechanism thanks to the semi-transparent dial. And that’s only part of the daytime phase of the Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”. Yes, it offers the ultimate after dark experience, but its multi-faceted face reacts to each new environment, too, interacting with light, shade and form to create a 24 hours a day, ever-changing style. Combine it with the 41-millimetre platinum case, luxurious black alligator leather strap and platinum prong buckle and you have one serious piece of work on your wrist.

A Lange & Söhne, Datograph

This latest addition to A. Lange & Söhne’s “Lumen” series – there have been three others since its 2010 inception – represents a subtle shift for the German brand. It’s a playful nod to the creatives of the world thanks to a watch that performs whatever the occasion. And while the luminous tech is amazing – a sapphire-crystal dial coated with a semi-transparent compound permeable by ultraviolet light was patented by the company in 2013 – what you should remember is this: a man who wears an A. Lange & Söhne wristwatch is a man that’s going places. And he doesn’t care what time of day or night it is.

A Lange & Söhne, The Dubai Mall.