♥♥♥ The New A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph “Boutique Edition” ♥♥♥

A. Lange 1815 Chronograph Boutique editon Ref 414.026 front back - Perpetuelle

This beauty is one of four new watches that A. Lange will be unveiling at Watches & Wonders which starts one week from today in Hong Kong.   Since 2010, the 1815 Chronograph has been a member of the Lange family, with two references now on offer (402.032 pink gold & 402.026 white gold).  This particular 1815 Chronograph (Ref 414.026) pays tribute to the 200th birthday of F. A. Lange with an exclusive case-and-dial combination.  The special white gold model features blue numerals and a pulsometer scale, along with flyback chronograph.  It will be available exclusively in any one of that 15 A. Lange & Söhne Boutiques worldwide.

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Platinum A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down In Black & White (Pictorial)

The A. Lange & Söhne Datograph wrote a new chapter in watchmaking history when it was first presented in 1999.   Incorporating A. Lange & Söhne’s first in-house chronograph caliber, its technical features such as the column-wheel design, the precisely jumping minute counter, the flyback function and the outsize date defined benchmarks.  Not to mention its gorgeous looks and balanced design.  Unsurprisingly, the Datograph soon developed a cult following.  The Datograph Up/Down, with a power reserve of 60 hours and a power-reserve indicator (“Up/Down” in the watch’s name refers specifically to power reserve) was presented in 2012 to similar acclaim.

In this pictorial, we are treated by A. Lange & Söhne to the puristic black-and-white appeal of the platinum version of its Datograph Up/Down.  The focus on form and contrast has a captivating effect, coming to the fore in juxtapositions with black-and-white objects.  Enjoy!

Ebony and ivory: The DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN harmonises with the black-and-white rapport of the piano keyboard

A Lange Sohne Datograph Up Down on piano keys black and white

Classic, yet perpetually new: The royal game is a fitting metaphor for the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN. With its 30-minute counter, it can also be used in blitz chess play. Thanks to the precisely jumping minute counter, the player always knows exactly when the next minute begins.

A Lange Sohne Datograph Up Down on black and white chess board

A Lange Sohne Datograph Up Down on chess board black and white

Strength is rooted in composure: In the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN, the aesthetic equilibrium of the movement is reaffirmed by the harmonious architecture of the dial. The Lange outsize date and the two argenté-coloured subsidiary dials for the seconds and the minute counter form an equilateral triangle.

A Lange Sohne Datograph Up Down on concentric sand circles


Photo credits & thanks:  A. Lange & Söhne

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Buying Time: Smoke & Swagger Edition

FPJourne Octa Sport Aluminum - Govberg for Perpetuelle

We’re going to have a little more fun than usual for this week’s episode of Buying Time, thanks to a stellar lineup of watches and a couple boxes of smokes which made for some fun camera work. Beyond the headlines, though, is a set of five pre-owned watches, all on offer at the same price but which run the spectrum when it comes to the “taste” category.  From those who prefer the term “gentleman” to those who carry themselves with a bit more swagger (and everywhere in between), I think this week’s lineup is a good representation of the diversity of choice available at the exact same price point.  As you will see, perceptions of taste and value can be quite different when it comes to big spending watches.

A Lange & Sohne Grande Lange 1 115.029 - for sale - Govberg via Perpetuelle

Let’s get into Buying Time:  Smoke and Swagger edition!

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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange

A Lange & Sohne 1815_200th_Anniversary - Perpetuelle

Simplistic and easy to read, A. Lange & Söhne’s latest offering, the 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange, packages the brand’s dress watch roots into a classic-looking timepiece. The watch, known normally as the 1815, features a deep-black dial, 40mm platinum case, and showcases Saxon watchmaking’s traditional three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver. To sweeten the deal, this iteration of the 1815 is also limited to a scant 200 watches, which is sure to please eager collectors and be snapped up quickly upon release.

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