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MYTHILO Vol. 2 // A. LANGE & SÖHNE // ZEITWERK

Updated: Jun 7, 2022




If you have high aesthetic standards and are a perfectionist like me, you have to be able to live with the sad fact that nothing can ever be completely perfect. Sometimes I would round off the edge on the front left of a piece of furniture, another time I would increase the color contrast of a picture by 15.2%. But most of the time I come to the conclusion that objects and Design are far away from perfection. Very far away!


But just as all religious groups, alien explorers and Star Wars fans believe that there must be something out there that is bigger than us, I also have this Wish in relation to design and craftsmanship perfection. But while flipping through all the hip design-bibles and magazines on a rainy afternoon, I sometimes fear that the end of the universe is more likely to be discovered than an object that convinces and fascinates me in all aspects.


Folks, I was wrong!


The A.Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk is perfect! Even more, but what is the superlative of perfect? You see, even language is not perfect! There must be a superlative of perfect...let's just call it "Zeitwerk" from today on. If I could marry a clock and if the wedding - as with this beloved - would not be soooo expensive, I would be called Til Lange for many years. Zeitwerk, you most beautiful of all beauties. I could watch you 24 hours a day, while hundreds of small cogwheels in the background make sure that exactly after one minute the big number on the outer right increases by one and, if desired, a lovely chime sounds every minute and hour, which would even appease Hades and silence Kerberos.


Building a mechanical watch that shows the time in a digital way is so fascinating to me that I can't stop raving about it. But unfortunately you have your price - you know your value and your attraction. I would write tons of romantic letters, compose the most beautiful love songs, dream about you all day long, swear eternal love and promise you that I will never look at another watch again. I would carry you on my hand(s)! But you have your principles and it's only a principle when it costs money.


So all I have left is the misery of the unloved poet, your picture in my locker and the hope that we will get together someday, because you are the perfection of perfection! You are just Zeitwerk.


I love you Zeitwerk - do you want to become my watch?


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