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.
The last bit of news coming out of SIHH 2015 that I wanted to cover regarding A. Lange & Söhne is the new Lange 1. Having been the brand’s face since its presentation in 1994, the Lange 1 has now received an update that reflects the horological experience accrued during a period of more than 20 years. Aside from the brand new caliber L121.1 (the 50th caliber in Lange’s portfolio of in-house movements), the remaining changes are subtle. Largely unchanged as regards its iconic design, the second generation is endowed with a slightly narrower bezel and a new manually wound calibre. Another upgrade is the instantaneous jumping outsize date which advances precisely at midnight. Below is a concise run-down on the new Lange 1, by Lange’s Head of Research & Development, Tino Bobe.
The “remade” Lange 1, explained by A. Lange & Söhne’s Head of R&D
A look at the new Lange Cal 121.1 — its 50th in-house caliber
And you can check out my full introduction of the entire A. Lange 2015 collection, right here.
Perpetuelle presents highlights from the 2015 A. Lange & Söhne lineup as presented at SIHH 2015.
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A quick look at the final piece presented by A. Lange & Söhne this year, the Datograph Up/Down, now offered in pink gold. Launched in 2012, the Datograph Up/Down features a classic column-wheel control mechanism, a jumping minute counter and a flyback function come together in a movement that showcases Lange engineering. The piece has a nicely balanced dial layout, with the characteristic Lange big date and two argenté sub dials for the seconds and the minute counter, set against a black dial made of solid silver. There are luminous hands and pink-gold baton hour markers. The Up/Down (Auf/Ab) reference is standard Lange terminology for the power-reserve indicator. Like its platinum brother, the an 18-carat pink-gold case of this new model measures 41mm.