A. Lange & Sohne 1815 38.5mm For 2014

Many people like the 1815 collection from A. Lange & Sohne, and so do I. The A. Lange & Sohne 1815 is a timepiece that pays homage to its creator’s year of birth. All of the pieces in this collection do well to represent Ferdinand A. Lange. This 1815 collection is significant to this watchmaker and to the watch lovers.

The SIHH 2015 is coming, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the company will bring us. And now I want to look back to SIHH 2014, and review what A. Lange & Sohne showed us.

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At SIHH 2014, Lange launched a 1815 model inside a more compact 38.5mm case, obtainable in yellow, pink, and white gold.

Inside this watch is the Cailiber L051.1 movement. The caliber L051.1 is by hand wound and it has a 55-hour power reserve. You will find 188 total components within the L051.1, which 23 are jewels and 5 would be the screwed gold chatons that characterize Lange’s typically German movements. The escapement is really a lever escapement and also the balance beats at 21,600 vph (3 Hz) there’s a swan-neck adjustor for that balance, which you’ll see on the top from the hand-engraved balance cock (another characteristic you will find on all Lange’s calibers). All plates and bridges are constructed with without treatment German silver and handle with wide Glashütte striping. Although this is an easy time-only caliber, still it features all the decoration and-quality flourishes that Lange is renowned for.

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This 1815 model is really a full 1.5mm more compact across than its older brother, it is just .1mm thinner at 8.8mm thick. The case wears really nicely around the wrist and also the slim profile means it serves the objective of a real dress watch perfectly, sliding easily within shirt and jacket cuff.

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The 38.5mm case is a superb size for any watch such as this, which aims to become a pure, true dress watch by having an extremely finished movement inside. The 3 versions from the watch (yellow, pink, and white gold) possess a solid silver argenté dial with deep inky black printing for that railroad minutes track, Arabic hour numbers, and signature at 12 o’clock. The faceted blued steel hands give a little color and stick out nicely, making the timepiece very legible. The dial can also be tiered, using the center portion counter-sunk just a little and also the seconds subdial sunk a bit more, adding some subtle depth towards the overall look.

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The 38.5mm 1815 is listed at $24,800 both in yellow and pink gold and $26,000 in white gold.

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