A. Lange & Sohne introduce their new trio of “Homage to F. A Lange” Anniversary Editions at Watches & Wonders Shanghai. Those three new watches come from their 1815 collection to pay homage to their founders, Ferdinand Adolph Lange. He’s the one who opened the very first pocket watch workshop on 7th December 1845.
With elaborate movement decorations, exceptional dials and the eponymous honey gold developed by Lange, they are dedicated to this pioneer of precision watchmaking. In unique ways, they meld traditional elements of historic pocket watches with innovative aspects, thus building a bridge between the origins of Lange’s horological artistry and today’s timekeeping instruments.
1815 THIN HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”
The two-hand watch comes in a limited edition of 175 pieces that features a honey-gold case with a height of merely 6.3 millimetres. The brilliant-white two-part enamel dial stands out prominently in this exclusive setting. The dark-grey-printed Arabic numerals and the classic railway track minute scale contrast crisply against the bright background.
In all of its artisanal facets, the manually assembled 167-part manufacture movement L093.1 pays tribute to the style introduced by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Contrary to the Glashütte ribbing commonly used in other Lange models, the German-silver three-quarter plate has a granular surface texture often found in historic Lange pocket watches.
1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”
The newly developed 1815 RATTRAPANTE HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” comes in a 100-watch limited edition and is available exclusively in A. Lange & Söhne boutiques. It is the sixth rattrapante chronograph of our manufactory and puts the focus on the eponymous complication that allows lap-time measurements.
Its case has a diameter of 41.2 millimetres and is made of honey gold. The rare case material developed especially for A. Lange & Söhne is characterised by remarkable hardness paired with a warm sheen. For the first time, it has now been combined with a black dial in solid silver that highlights its modern, captivating look.
The complex chronograph/rattrapante mechanism is located on the movement side of the new L101.2 manually wound calibre. Time measurements and lap-time measurements are handled precisely in the classic manner with two column wheels. They are visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, and the switching processes can be observed in detail.
TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange”
The TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL HONEYGOLD “Homage to F. A. Lange” is arguably the best proof of our determination to constantly evolve precision watchmaking. The most complicated timepiece of the new anniversary edition is limited to 50 watches.
Two of its five complications, the tourbillon and the fusée-and-chain transmission, have one sole purpose, to enhance rate accuracy. Their perfect interaction can be observed with a glance through the sapphire-crystal caseback of the L133.1 manufacture calibre.
As regards the design of the dial, A. Lange & Söhne pursued a totally new approach. It consists of black-rhodiumed honey gold with raised numerals and scales that stand out from the dark background in relief. The dial is crafted in the Lange manufactory’s ateliers.