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The Collector’s Series – Lung Lung and Her A. Lange & Söhne Datograph

Hong Kong-based watch fanatic Lung Lung Thun (32) often known as @lunglungthun is among the common contributors to our Collector’s Collection, along with her huge assortment of lovely watches. We’ve already mentioned along with her the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci. And in the present day, it’s considered one of our all-time favorite watches that would be the centre of consideration. As soon as once more, we’re more than happy to see such a watch worn by a seasoned feminine assortment, displaying that lovely watches haven’t any gender. On this instalment of the Collector’s Collection, all eyes are on her A.Lange & Söhne Datograph in Rose Gold, the early reference 403.031 – the non Up/Down, smaller version with Roman numerals.

Frank Geelen – MONOCHROME – What’s it you admire in A. Lange & Söhne?

Lung Lung Thun – The craftsmanship is second to none in my view. The motion, design, and ending is so extremely nicely carried out, I nonetheless discover it astonishing that the model hasn’t gained as a lot traction because it ought to have, however that’s slowly altering. After I first acquired again into amassing watches in 2019, I used to stroll cross the A. Lange boutique at Prince’s constructing in Hong Kong. I used to be at all times too timid to enter the shop, however I recall feeling in awe of each piece they displayed at their window.

Photograph by @lunglungthun

And why did it need to be this explicit watch?

Lots of the fashionable A. Lange & Söhne items that I might like to personal are too massive for me. I first noticed the fashionable up/down reference by way of the boutique window, however I knew I couldn’t carry off the scale, that’s how I made a decision to give attention to their classic items. It was an added bonus that the primary era Datographs had Roman numerals which I want over the fashionable stick markers. 

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I believe with all luxurious gadgets, I attempt to discover the most effective of that class. The Datograph has arguably the most effective chronograph motion and to me epitomizes advantageous watchmaking. I additionally get pleasure from the truth that the model is much less acknowledged than many different Swiss watch manufacturers.
With some watches in my assortment, the attraction slowly wanes with time, however with the Datograph, my appreciation has solely grown stronger. The second I noticed the case again of this watch, I knew I needed to personal it.

Do you not care as a lot for the motion as for the aesthetics?

I typically use vehicles as an analogy. The motion being the engine of the automobile, so to some extent it’s one thing I take into consideration earlier than making a purchase order. For this watch, the motion was equally interesting because the case and dial itself. The Datograph has arguably among the best chronograph actions within the business. All the things is hand completed and aesthetically, in my view can’t be crushed. It has all the weather that make my coronary heart tick together with the hand-engraved stability cock, jewels set in gold châtons, and Glashütte ribbing.

Are you able to inform us the present market worth of the watch?

I bought this watch earlier than the hype round it, which is a amassing philosophy that I hope to proceed, to gather with as little exterior affect as doable. I don’t keep in mind the precise determine I paid, however I do recollect it reaching round HKD 500,000 within the Phillips Geneva public sale in 2020. Extra necessary than its worth although, is that by way of this watch, I used to be launched to the world of public sale homes. 

I first encountered the watch at a Phillips public sale home dinner occasion. I used to be decided to not act impulsively, so I instructed myself that if I nonetheless couldn’t get that be careful of my head in a couple of weeks, I in all probability ought to think about buying it. From that evening onwards, the watch consumed me, the extra I learn concerning the watch, the extra I knew I needed to personal it. I used to be fortunate sufficient to discover a piece from a retailer in Hong Kong.

Photograph by @lunglungthun

Does your watch get plenty of wrist time?

Sure, I’ll by no means purchase something that I don’t put on. I rotate my watches every single day and construct my outfit across the piece I’m sporting on that day. I do get reactions to it. Clearly with the watch being extra acknowledged, due to the “Dufourgraph” phenomenon, most watch lovers will do a double-take to verify it’s the first era Datograph. My largest pleasure although is when my girlfriends, who should not into watches, ask me bout this watch as a result of they just like the design of the dial.

How would you describe your watch assortment up to now?

In a single phrase, loud. I do know plenty of collectors have an affinity to at least one model or maybe an period, or a sure complication. I don’t remorse not having caught to a theme. It’s an evolving studying course of for me, and I can’t wait to look again sooner or later, and see how my tastes have modified with time.

Photograph by @lunglungthun

Is there something subsequent in your listing?

In fact, the listing by no means ends. Since my final interview, I’ve lastly moved into classic Pateks. This was one thing I had intentionally prevented doing for the longest time just because I do know when you begin, the chase by no means ends.

Which different manufacturers do you retain monitor of?

It by no means ceases to amaze me what MB&F will launch, however smaller manufacturers like anOrdain are doing nice stuff, too. I’m positively not an knowledgeable with regards to sourcing, however I’ve learnt from my final two purchases that it doesn’t damage to ask round by way of mates and the watch group on Instagram.

As tacky because it sounds, I believe I’ve “discovered my individuals” by way of watches. I’ve met a few of my closest mates by way of this pastime. I really like connecting with different collectors as a result of it exposes me to many watches that I could have missed or haven’t had an opportunity to see in actual life.  

Photograph by @lunglungthun

Is the watch world a person’s world, or do you assume ladies are simply as into watches as males?

I’m a real believer that life isn’t about what occurs to you, however the way you react. All of the cases or folks that have given me a tough time, I’ve simply dismissed. I’m grateful that I’m able to get pleasure from this pastime and to have the ability to see and contact all these nice items, I don’t actually give attention to whether or not I must be handled or spoken to in a sure manner. Like all pastime, it’s a method to loosen up and escape, so any downtime is de facto spent round watches, whether or not or not it’s studying, assembly watch individuals, or looking watches on-line. I’m a really disciplined particular person by nature, so amassing watches has allowed me to precise the opposite facet of me that may be very a lot romantic, impulsive, and illogical.