Singapore, September 2022 — In collaboration with one of South-East Asia’s oldest and most respected high horology retail groups, Lang & Heyne is pleased to introduce the Georg SHH Edition – a special interpretation of the award-winning Lang & Heyne Georg.
The Lang & Heyne Georg SHH Edition is the first in the Georg collection to leverage a unique ceramic dial, set against a royal blue givree-finished silvered baseplate. Limited to just 12 pieces, each watch is hand-engraved with “One of 12” on the movement.
With an estimated production of between 100-150 watches per year, Lang & Heyne creates exclusive and sophisticated timepieces for watch aficionados. The Georg’s Caliber VIII’s completely visible movement is finely finished, with its intricate Breguet overcoil hairspring, solid gold screws and gear train all on display through the see-through sapphire caseback. Made of stainless steel, the avant-garde bridges and cocks with a domed top and the large polished stone countersink capture and reflect light from every viewing angle. Different forms and materials combined with the contrast of polished and matte surfaces increases movement depth and provides a fascinating geometry.
|The Unique Ceramic Dial
Ceramic dials are made possible due to their high pressure-resistance and low specific density characteristics, making them a more complex and durable material. Lang & Heyne’s design intention shines through when observing how they have combined the white ceramic dial with the royal blue givree-finished silvered baseplate. The process of producing the ceramic discs is a time consuming one, as they first have to be engraved and cut out with the use of a laser, before being finished to ensure that the edges are as clean as possible. One can realise the very fine engraving of up to 0.05mm line width when up close. The dials are made to fit precisely into the base plate’s corresponding recess by having the outer contours sanded. The edges are provided with chamfers which are then also polished, giving the dial a sophisticated, three-dimensional look.
|Due to the ceramic dial’s primary material being aluminium oxide, ie. the same as sapphire, it can hence only be processed with diamond tools and pastes. The use of “Berlac Print”, a high-quality printing ink, when laying out the engraving by hand allows various colours to be realised on the dial. The dial is then finished with the use of a wooden disc to achieve a high polished end product.
With the second dial designed to be lower than the first, two individual ceramic discs are required. The disc of the second dial – at only 0.4 mm thick – is glued in from the back with a high-strength two-component synthetic resin adhesive. Meanwhile, the main dial is glued into the carrier from the front. Only 12 Georg SHH Edition timepieces will be created to commemorate the opening of SHH’s new boutique. Each of the 12 pieces will have the “One of 12” hand-engraved into the movement. The Lange & Heyne Georg SHH Edition will be available at the new SHH boutique at unit #B2M-202 at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands from 7th of September 2022 onwards, with a retail price of S$71,910 (including GST).