In watch land, there are few brands as well-balanced and developed as A. Lange & Söhne. This brand creates timepieces that exceed what modern-day watchmaking has to offer. In my opinion a Lange watch is one of the best things money can buy if you’re looking for a premium watch brand. With the 2018 SIHH just around the corner, A. Lange & Söhne can’t miss the boat with a pre-SIHH release. Which means they don’t – which means there’s news for you buddy. Let us introduce you to the new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’. A mouth full of classiness and jump seconds.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’
This new addition to their 1815 series is a tribute to the late Walter Lange. The company founder died in January of this year – which means it’s about a year ago when SIHH 2018 opens its doors. A nice tribute to a man who created the earliest foundation on which A. Lange & Söhne has been built. This new 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’ is a timepiece with a very cool complication. One that makes the unknown think your 1815 Lange watch has broken down.
Anyhow, the watch comes with a very classy design and – most importantly – with two different second hands. Yes that’s correct, this watch has two separate second hands in case you fail to live everyday life with only one second hand. Okay, that’s not really true, but it sounded cool while saying it in my head. This watch has a sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a regular sweeping second hand. Which means the second hand graciously glides around the dial.
The second one (second as in 2nd, not the first but the second) is a jumping second hand. A complication that dates back about 150 years and first popped up in the mind of Ferdinand Adolph Lange. He invented an automatic movement which was capable of jumping from second to second – increasing the accuracy with a huge percentage.
Where the small second hand (the one at 6 o’clock) makes small steps from marker to marker, the big one makes precise jumps. Each second only needing one jump from marker to marker. With a pusher at 2 o’clock you can either decide to display the jumping seconds or to shut it down. Which I think is pretty damn stupid since you wouldn’t buy a jumping seconds timepiece to shut down that complication. Period.
The reason why Lange & Söhne chose to use this complication was the fact that the great-grandfather of Walter Lange invented this complication (Ferdinand Adolph Lange indeed). His grandfather, Emil Lange, then applied this complication in a masterpiece created by him. It was one of the first patents ever to be given out in Germany.
The coolest detail of this watch is the new movement and its name. A. Lange & Söhne created a special L1924 Caliber for this timepiece. It is not only the bearer of the jump seconds complication, it is also a reference to the birth-year of Walter Lange. Besides that, the first three digits of the reference (297), refer to his birthday – the 29th of July.
The watch measures a case diameter of 40.5mm, which is a neat size for a watch like this. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’ will come in three different varieties. There will be 145 watches made in white gold, 90 in pink gold and 27 in yellow gold. As you can imagine, these numbers aren’t the way they are because the company ran out of certain types of gold. No, these numbers also refer to certain events and dates – with an importance to or for Walter Lange.
From 7 December 1845, when Ferdinand Adolph Lange originally established the company, exactly 145 years elapsed until 7 December 19 90 , the d ate on which Walter Lange registered Lange Uhren GmbH. Precisely 27 years will have passed between this date and 7 December 2017, the day on which the new model that pays tribute to Walter Lange is being unveiled. I must admit, I’ve copy-paste these sentences from the presskit, since I didn’t feel like typing it all over again. Besides that, I don’t want to make any mistakes while handeling such fragile information. You know.