Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 69 here.
Using the standard 47mm wide Artya steel case, this "bullets for brains" Son of a Gunwatch places six very small Flobert 6mm rounds around the automatic Swiss movement (which is placed in the center of the dial. A design on the bezel and inner dial hearken to targeting sights. The latter element is kitschy but acceptable. I am pretty sure the Flobert bullets are live rounds.
At the same time Lange has a lot pride itself on. A. Lange & Sohne is a complete watch movement manufacturer - they even make a lot of their own hairsprings. I discussed more about their manufacture and production process back in 2009 here starting in this article. In my opinion they make of the nicest watch movements in the world - if not the absolute best looking watch movements anywhere (amazing finishing as well). The German style differs a bit from the Swiss, and you'll see that Lange movements offer different decoration and more exposed areas - especially in their chronograph models. Use of the iconic German 3/4 plates for the movements also improves the strength of the movements while offering a unique look. All Lange watches have hand-engraved balance cocks. A fun fact to know as you'll never get tired of saying "balance cock." These engraved areas are also beautiful to look at. Though what can I really say with words on the matter of beauty? Hence the pictures of these lovely Lange calibers. Anyone seeing them can agree they are pretty, but after years of seeing lots of other movements I can attest to them being beautiful.
21 Blackjack tech specs from Christophe Claret:
Movement Mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BLJ08, twin barrel, 50 components, 40 jewels and 7 double sets of ceramic ball bearings, frequency 28,800 v/h (4 Hz), power reserve of about 72 hours
Functions Hour, minute, three games: blackjack with bell, roulette and dice
Case White gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; pink gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; platinum and grade 5 black PVD titanium; grade 5 black PVD titanium, or grade 5 grey titanium. Diameter: 45 mm
Two side windows, one revealing the striking mechanism hammer and bell, the other a pair of dice
Titanium or titanium/gold crowns
Watertight to 3 atm
Dial Titanium and grey sapphire with a plaque decorated with casino-related motifs (card games, Las Vegas or Joker), or black onyx
Black PVD/ruby or gold/ceramic hands
- three “dealer” windows, two of which are activated by a button pushpiece at 10 o’clock with bell
- four “player” windows, three of which are activated by a button pushpiece at 8 o’clock with bell
You'll be surprised to learn that in addition to the time, date, and 1/1000 of a second chronograph, the watch has a world time function and alarm. The world time function is neat, because it uses the upper left subdial to show you the reference time. In fact, you can choose to have the reference time on the main dial, and the second time zone on the little subdial. Again, consult the manual for this. Easily the neatest part about operating the watch is the 1/1000th of a second chronograph. When operating the hands are all flying about rapidly. It is an intense little feat of engineering, and relies of five different small motors. Though reading the measured time isn't that easy as it uses all the dials to measure the time, and you need to know how to read them. You also need pretty good vision to see all the little numbers. Seeing the miniature ballet of hands moving around never seems to get old.
There is another reason the dials are different. Apparently the US market simply wanted something different than what US had. So JLC came up with a different dial design that US retailers requested. I don't think the text on the dial looked so great, but that is how it was in 1959, and that is how it will be in 2011.