A. Lange & Söhne’s Complex Threesome

The acclaimed German watchmaker pushes the boundaries with new trio.

By Terry Christodoulou 10/09/2020

A. Lange & Sohne has chosen Shanghai’s Watches and Wonders to reveal a fascinating and complex new trio.

The venerable marque is celebrating both the 175-year anniversary of its manufacture in Glasshütte – which pioneered precision watchmaking in the region – along with a 30-year anniversary of its relaunch.

In doing so, three limited editions, with cases made exclusively of honey gold, join the 1815 watch family framed by the epithet “Homage to F. A. Lange”, the brand’s eponymous pioneer Ferdinand Adolph Lange.

1815 Thin Honeygold.

The 1815 Thin Honeygold lands with 38mm diameter and height of just 6.3mm. Here, the two-hand watch features Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale atop a hand-made enamel dial – a reverent nod to the history of Lange pocket watches. The piece is limited to 175 watches and priced at approx. $53,000.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante.

Elsewhere, the 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold makes its mark as the first from the manufacturer to thrust the classic workings of the chronograph and rattrapante into the spotlight without further complications. The rattrapante arrives courtesy of the L101.2 calibre and is exhibited through the 41mm piece’s black dial made of solid silver and a honey gold case. Inside, hands of pink gold, white gold, rhodiumed steel and gold-plated steel keep things wondrous and timely. The piece is limited to 100 pieces and at approx. $212,000.

The highly complicated Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold.

Finally, the most complex of the new trio is the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold. This piece sits as proof of A. Lange & Sohne’s firm unwavering and firm desire to further precision watchmaking. Limited to 50 pieces, it features five complications, two of which – the tourbillon and fusée-and-chain transmission – are dedicated to keeping incredible accuracy; the presentation of chronograph rattrapante, tourbillon and perpetual calendar combined within a single timepiece something to behold and which can be viewed via sapphire crystal caseback.

Powered by the impressive L133.1 manufacture calibre and sporting a black-rhodiumed honey gold dial with raised numerals for contrast. Priced at approx. $816,000.

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