Four years after they debuted a tourbillon complication with the reset mechanism, the German manufactured is following up with an elegant enamel dial. A nice touch by these exceptional craftsmen to contrast such a complicated mechanism with an elegantly simplified dial design. Introducing the new “A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial” in a platinum case.
Originally this timepiece was first introduced by A. Lange & Söhne back in 2014, as their entry-level tourbillon equipped timepiece. At the time it was the very first watch in their catalog to be equipped with a tourbillion, split-seconds and the patented ZERO-RESET mechanism.
In conjunction these elements allow the “1815 Tourbillon” to be stopped, set and restarted with one-second accuracy.
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The 39,5mm case is made of platinum, matching the dimension of its previous version, although a bit thicker since the height had to be risen 0.2mm from the standard model’s 11.1 to accommodate the enamel dial.
On the flipside we find a transparent exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Similar to the elegant simplicity we find on the dial, the same can be said for the posterior of this watch. Several of its jewels can be seen via the case back and they’ve used blue screws to add extra color to its palette. Adding to movements finesse is a diamond fixated in the fourth wheel bridge with a golden ring.
Also on the case backs platinum rim is an engraving with the unique individual number of each of these limited edition timepieces. While back on the front-side all is topped by another sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch.
Time is exhibited on the aforementioned white enamel dial with black Arabic numerals, except for the 12 o’clock numeral that has been colored red, which is also a subtle distinction between this release and its previous edition;
plus for a more precise reading there is a black railroad-motif ring circling this new dial, with subtle markings for every five-minute increment. Also comes equipped with blue steel central hands, reminiscent of those found on their antique pocket watches. And the tourbillon has been placed at the 6 o’clock position.
Although previous editions of this model showcased an elaborate “Handwerkskunst” treatment with lavish decorations on its dial. Obtaining this enamel dial also involves a meticulous long process fully hand made. Each color seen is transfer painted with enamel paint, each fired individually. During any of these firings, the enamel could develop cracks that would require the timepiece to be rejected. Not much the painstaking delicacy needed d to create the opening for the tourbillion! The artisans have to carefully bake in seven or more separate firings to achieve the required thickness.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Enamel
The “A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial” (Ref#: 730.079F) is a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L102.1 with 20 jewels (including one diamond end-stone), 262 components and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black hand-stitched alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by a platinum deployant buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 100 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official A. Lange & Söhne website here.
MSRP: $232,000.00 USD
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