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Here's How You Turn 787 Components Into a $230,000 Watch

It's even more complicated than you might think to create a Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
A watchmaker sets a finished Terraluna.

A watchmaker sets a finished Terraluna.

Photographer: Stephen Pulvirent/Bloomberg

You don't need to know anything about watches to know that A. Lange & Söhne's Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna is a complicated beast—just look at it. What's less obvious are the countless difficult design decisions that had to be made, the painstaking work that goes into creating each component, and the sheer number of steps it takes to put all those parts together.

While touring Lange's manufacture in Glashütte, Germany, in October we visited the small workshop where an elite group of watchmakers work on the most advanced watches, including the Terraluna. Here's an inside look at how the $230,000 787-part perpetual calendar comes to life.