The SIHH 2017 is finished and we’re left with blended emotions. In the event that all SIHH brands realized how to make us grin like A. Lange & Söhne is by all accounts ready to do each year, there wouldn’t be any issues. This year, A. Lange & Söhne showed their 1815 Annual Calendar watch, and it promptly turned into the discussion of the exhibition.
It was somewhat of an off-kilter second, when A. Lange & Söhne gave their introduction on all the new watches they have for us (and you) coming up. Only a couple minutes prior, we got the message that Walter Lange (92) spent away the other day. He consumed his whole time on earth devoted to watches and was the one who assisted structure with increasing A. Lange & Söhne after Germany was brought together again in 1990. Until the end, Walter Lange was associated with the company and prosperity of A. Lange & Söhne.
Nevertheless, in the soul of Walter Lange, the new A. Lange & Söhne watches were gave a lot of pride by Anthony de Haas (overseer of item advancement). Among them, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar. A watch that grabbed the eye of numerous writer and gatherers during the reasonable. It turned into the most loved SIHH 2017 arrival of a significant number of the participants of the display. Let’s have a nearer look.
1815 Annual Calendar
The 1815 assortment alludes to the birth year of author Ferdinand A. Lange. With this assortment, A. Lange & Söhne gets back to the plan components of the very good quality pocket watches that Ferdinand A. Lange was popular for. This implies that you will discover the utilization of Arabic numerals, a railroad track minute scale and obviously the three-quarter plate that was formulated by Lange.
The 1815 Annual Calendar is the same, however adds the day, date, month and moon stages sign to the usefulness of the watch. An annual schedule, a valuable instrument that will just need one adjustment each year (on the first of March) to coop with the most limited month of the year. A never-ending schedule, significantly more complex, will even handle the issue of February being a month with a variable number of days.
Inside the 1815 Annual Calendar is a hand-wound development, type L051.3. Fascinating reality is that Ferdinand A. Lange acquired really a US patent in 1866 for his improvement of winding a development and correcting time by means of a crown rather than the then common key-worked winding works. Accessible in both rose and white gold, the watch glances totally shocking in both variations.
A more critical glance at the excellent silver dial of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar reveals to us that a ton of the 1815 components have been regarded. Arabic numerals inside the rail route track minute scale and lovely completed hands that demonstrate, time, day, date and month. The watch has three sub dials, that demonstrate various schedule capacities. At 9 o’clock, you will discover the sign of the day and the date. The principal day of the month is demonstrated in red, where as different numerals are in dark. Two cleaned gold hands are utilized for this sign. At 3 o’clock, the 1815 Annual Calendar shows the month. Each odd month is composed on the dial, the even months are demonstrated with a short stick marker. The last sub dial, at 6 o’clock has a twofold job. In addition to the fact that it indicates the running seconds with an excellent gold cleaned long hand (note the railroad track seconds scale), it also shows the moon stages on a lovely blue plate with a gold moon and stars.
The white gold A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Calendar is the same than the pink gold as presented previously. Notwithstanding, the little hands are white gold rather than pink gold. Obviously, the moon stages circle also has a moon and assortment of stars in white gold. The strong silver dial is equivalent for both variant of the 1815 Annual Calendar.
Movement and Operation
As composed above, in this delightful 40mm annual schedule you will discover a hand-twisted development with 3/4 plate. As usual, the equilibrium chicken has been hand-engraved by the fine experts at A. Lange & Söhne in Glashütte. The development is collected and designed by hand. The untreated German silver plates give an awesome difference with the gold case and has been engraved with gold letters. The development is a gala for the eyes, the hand engraved equilibrium chicken as well as the utilization of gold chatons, blued screws and delightful sloped points all over the place. The type L051.3 development comprise of 345 sections and has a force save of 72 hours when completely twisted.
The activity of the watch is done by means of the twisting crown for the time capacities and the pushers and four extra push pieces for rectifying the schedule. The enormous pusher at two o’clock is utilized to rapidly propel the schedule (all capacities). The other four little pushers are utilized to independently propel the day, date, month and moon stage. Whenever everything is set effectively, you can utilize the pusher at two o’clock to propel when it is first of March for instance.
Both references (238.026 for the 18 carat white gold and 238.032 for the 18 carat pink gold) have similar determinations with regards to measurements. A 40mm case that is 10.1mm thick, to house the 36mm breadth L051.3 development that estimates 5.6mm in thickness. This development has a 72 hour power save and ticks at 21,6000vph. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar has a retail cost of 37,500 Euro, paying little mind to the pink or white gold adaptation you choose.
There used to be little uncertainty in my psyche that in the event that I had around 35.000 Euro to spend on a watch, it would go straightforwardly into the assets of A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 (yet no concerns, that time is as yet distant from now). This 1815 Annual Calendar makes me somewhat ambivalent in regards to spending that sum on a very good quality watch. Actuality is, that from all the cutting edge watches in this value class, I would spend it on A. Lange & Söhne absent a lot of dithering. They, once more, showed how things are (or ought to be) done in this portion. Delightful gold piece, dazzling completion on dial, hands, case and development. A never-ending schedule would be a next-level complication, yet I don’t see the down to earth drawback of having an annual schedule truth be told. I think it is even amusing to play with that two o’clock pusher at any rate once each year. Of course, would I go for the notorious A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 watch without this annual schedule complication or for this 1815 Annual Calendar watch with staggering moon stages marker (I am a sucker for those). In view of looks alone, I may choose for the latter.