Originally Posted by mafoofan
You aren't getting it. They do things that nobody else does, including those priced above them. The screwed chatons are laughable since they mimmic a method of securing jewels that is no longer necessary and which nobody has used in decades. Why? Because Lange today has no genuine heritage. It is a re-imagined company, like Breguet, trying to draw tenuous connections with a distant past. The original Lange never made wristwatches and went defunct before screwed chatons became obsolete. The blued screws are similarly silly.
Moreover, the finishing quality
is not as good as the likes of Patek. Viewed closely, it is simply not as fine and careful. It is just more flashy. Like an alligator suit.
Yes, I know Lange, Blancpain, and other companies were closed down for many years and are resurrected brands. I guess I'm not really offended by companies borrowing from their past. It's not something exclusively done by Lange. On some level its a function of marketing adding some romance or flavor to a brand. With the exception of independents that truly have not been around long enough, most companies have gone back to their past with recent creations. Rolex...brought back the Milgauss a few years ago after an absence of 25+ years, Patek's 5070 was based in a design that was decades old, VC has an entire collection called Les Historiques, and IWC's Portuguese, Ingenieur, and Pilot watches are all based on the past. As for functionality, look at the Big Pilot it has its huge size for legibility and gigantic winding crown for use when you wearing a flight suit and gloves. Interestingly, unlike Breitlings and GMT Masters (both smaller and with normal winding crowns)...I've never seen an actual pilot wearing an IWC BP. In addition, I'd venture to say no BP owners have ever set their watches while wearing gloves to make good use out of that over sized crown. So its mostly an exercise in style not function.
As for whether Patek's movements are truly superior to Lange's I won't venture there. It seems to be a heated debate between owners of each brand, and I don't own either. I can say a few lucky acquaintances of mine that collect, have owned each, have written articles about watches, and have been to the factories. In summary, they have said their styles are different but among the non-independents they each represent the best of what is available. I take that for what its worth. There are some Pateks I'd prefer over Langes and there are some Langes I'd prefer over Pateks.