Full Frame – the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous movement

Each week, I’ll be posting a new full resolution image that you can zoom into and pan around for yourself.

With my current set-up, every photo I take of a watch starts off as a 100 megapixel image. I shoot with the highest resolution sensor on the (consumer) market – the Phase One IQ3 100 medium format digital back.

Clearly 100 megapixels is a little on the large size for Instagram. Each photo coming out of the camera is 11,608 x 8,708 pixels, whereas the resolution limit for Instagram is 1,080 x 1,080 pixels. Given that I typically am posting a 4:3 aspect ratio image, that means Instagram is using well under 1% of the captured resolution.

To demonstrate the resolution that is actually captured, I often post a “full frame” image, followed by one or more “macro” crops from that image at 100% resolution.

Full frame, reduced resolution image of the A Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous
Full frame, reduced resolution image of the A Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous
Crop from the above image, demonstrating the resolution that exists across the full frame
Crop from the above image, demonstrating the resolution that exists across the full frame

For a while now, people have been asking if it is possible for me to share the full frame at full resolution, and that is what this new section on my website will enable me to do.

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State of the collection – the 62GS movements

A write up of the vintage Grand Seiko watches in my collection that utilise the movements from the 62GS series

Between now and the end of the year I will be posting articles on my collection of vintage Grand Seikos.

Since there are over 40 pieces in the collection, it makes sense to break this write-up over several articles. Each post will cover a specific movement – or set of movements – from the vintage Grand Seiko releases, and include photos of the watches I have that utilise that movement.

Whilst I don’t intend these articles to provide a comprehensive and thoroughly researched scholarly history of vintage Grand Seikos, I will share some knowledge on the pieces that I have picked up over the course of the last year. If I get anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Grand Seiko 6245-9000
Grand Seiko 6245-9000

Traditionally following the 57GS series would be the 44GS, but since all my 44’s are from 1967, and I have two 62’s from 1966, it’s the 62GS that is up next.

Starting its life as a “regular” Seiko, the 6245 movement was first introduced in the Seikomatic Chronometer. In the second half of 1966, Seiko had to drop the use of the term Chronometer due to objections from the Swiss COSC, and thus the first automatic Grand Seiko was born.

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