Originally introduced back in 2004 and with a movement update around 2010, the “1815 Chronograph” made by A. Lange & Söhne now returns in an 18k white gold version.
This model line was named “1815” after the birth year of the brands founder: Ferdinand A. Lange. Besides having the aesthetic aim of preserving and celebrating classical designs made via traditional watchmaking techniques.
The 39.5mm case is made of 18k white gold with a transparent caseback that allows to see the inner workings of the movement. It conceals the same movement found inside their “Datograph” model, although adapted here by removing the date and power reserve complications.
There are two rectangular push-pieces to the right side of the case to operate the chronograph functions with a fluted crown in between them. Manufactured in a three part construction with a polished top bezel, brushed sides and a screwed-down, concave rear bezel holding the sapphire crystal in place. Plus long lugs that not only look good, they also provide a cozy and secure wrist fit.
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Time is exhibited on a black dial with hand-painted white Arabic numerals. This is a first for the “1815 Chronograph” models, until now they had only been made available in either white or silver dials. So, this jet black look is a much appreciated option for some horology aficionados. Also has a series of rail track motif minute index markers.
There are two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. Its dagger style hands are also made of 18k white gold with a polished finish. Under the 6 o’clock position we can read the proudly stated “Made in Germany”.
Another update done to this model was the addition of a pulsometer scale that can be seen as the final ring circling the dial near the bezel. It was featured on the “1815 Chronograph” model issued in 2004, only to return now and it’s a first on a combination black dial and white gold model, stated A. Lange & Söhne. This pulsometer scale is used to measure pulsations, which seems like a more appropriate fit for a dress watch, instead of adding a tachymeter scale.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph
This “A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph” (Ref#: 414.028) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L951.5 with 34 jewels, 306 parts and 18,000 vph. Equipped with a precision beat-adjustment system with lateral set screw and whiplash spring. It’s a gorgeous movement to gaze at with: Lange’s trademark gold chatons, which are the gold surrounded rubies held in place by three heat blued screws; a snail minute counter; and a hand engraved balance cock; among other components.
Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold prong buckle.
MSRP: $50,300.00 USD
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