With its graceful sleekness, the new 1815 time-only watch by A. Lange & Söhne reflects the horological principles of company founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange. This new hand-wound mechanical timepiece presents itself as a visibly enlarged new edition of what was the fifth Lange model of the new era when it had its debut in 1995.
The new 1815 watch unites the finest virtues of Lange watchmaking artistry. With a case enlarged to 40 millimetres and a new movement that fills it amply with a diameter of 30.6 millimetres, it fully complies with Lange’s commitment to “state-of-the-art tradition”. The engineers and product designers succeeded in preserving the balanced proportions of the timeless original in its larger sibling.
With a railway-track minute scale, Arabic numerals, and small seconds at 6 o’clock, the new 1815 inherits the style features of classic Lange pocket watches and transposes them to the wristwatch format in a contemporary manner.
With its 188 lavishly hand-decorated parts, the newly designed calibre L051.1 movement represents the very quintessence of Lange watchmaking artistry: three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, hand-engraved balance cock, whiplash precision index adjuster, screwed gold chatons, thermally blued screws.
Inside the movement, a large glucydur screw balance beats with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour. When fully wound, the watch has a power reserve of 55 hours.
The case and the prong buckle of the new 1815 are made of 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, or pink gold. Its argenté dial is solid silver. Black numerals and the blued-steel lancet hands that are characteristic Lange hallmarks assure excellent legibility.
In a limited edition of 500 pieces, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 watch is also available with a platinum case featuring a rhodié dial and rhodiumed-gold hands.
Model: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Classic Three Hands
Reference 233.032: Pink gold version with solid silver argenté dial and crocodile strap.
Reference 233.026: White gold version with solid silver argenté dial and crocodile strap.
Reference 233.025: Platinum version with solid silver rhodié dial and crocodile strap, limited edition of 500 timepieces.
Reference 233.021: Yellow gold version with solid silver argenté dial and crocodile strap.
Lange manufacture calibre L051.1
Manually wound movement, crafted to the highest Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand
Precision-adjusted in five positions
Three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
No. of movement parts: 188
Movement size: 30.6 x 4.6 millimetres
Screwed gold chatons: 5
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance
Nivarox balance spring
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism
Power reserve: 55 hours when fully wound.
Time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time
Dimensions: 40.0 x 8.9 millimetres
Yellow gold, White gold, Pink gold or Platinum (in a limited edition of 500 watches)
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Solid silver, argenté or rhodié (platinum model only)
Hands: Blued steel or rhodiumed gold (platinum model only)
Supple crocodile strap and Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum
Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH