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Phillips to Offer Unique A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’ in Stainless Steel guide

Walter Lange adored his great-grandfather’s watch company. He knew how much it meant to people who dwelt near Glashütte. Growing up, the watchmakers would remind the young boy every time he visited with the manufacture. They showed him bits his ancestors had created, and while they explained how they worked, his enthusiasm for the craft began to form. Walter joined them a few decades afterwards, sitting behind a bench like every bench in the construction, and working on bits that bore his family’s title. These were some best of those watches money could purchase.
In 1948, he watched helplessly as the company was captured by the East German government after the country’s separation. Almost immediately, the manufacture was turned into a mill of cheaply made watches, the majority of these battery powered.
Walter returned to Glashütte to rescue his family’s business after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Five years after, in 1994, he presented the initial A. Lange & Söhne resurrection collection–four watches powered by four new mechanical motions displaying an exceptional level of technical innovation and finishing, a high grade which has defined every single view the manufacture has generated since its relaunch. Watches signed Lange could once again become synonymous with creativity and quality. I met Walter Lange only once, on the occasion of the new 200th anniversary. A. Lange & Söhne had invited a small group for dinner at Dresden, not very far in the fabrication, to discover the company’s latest watches, and now I remember the joy with which Walter described the organization’s early years and the sway of his ancestor’s work on the present collection.
Among Walter’s final fantasies, which he very briefly mentioned that night, was to find that the manufacture integrate an independent moments complication, among his favourite complications, and one which arose in Lange’s pocket watches in the late 19th century. He saw the project through.

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Walter regrettably passed away a year ago now, during the yearly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
Twelve months later and to everybody’s great surprise, A. Lange & Söhne has delivered the opinion Walter hoped that they would.
The opinion is called the 1815″Homage to Walter Lange” and it joins other models in Lange’s classically styled 1815 collection. Like them, it steps 40.5mm in diameter and is 10.7mm top. But unlike the rest, the watch features a stoppable jumping seconds mechanism at a wristwatch, made possible thanks to a recently developed calibre.
The ancestor of the modern chronograph, the independent jumping seconds complication may time short intervals and measure such matters as one’s heart rate easily–timing longer events is much more complicated and one of the reasons today’s chronograph substituted this mechanism.


Calibre L1924, as noticed from the white gold version of the 1815’Homage To Walter Lange’
The watch includes a conventional rail-way minute scale, with subsidiary small seconds at 6 o’clock. Versions in gold is going to be offered with silver dials, printed numerals and blued steel hands, but Lange is also preparing a special piece in steel. More on that later.
According to Lange, the choice to start this bold project took shape following Walter’s passing. Against the odds, Lange’s watchmakers were able to finish the watch earlier this year’s view fair.
The new movement, calibre L1924, is average Lange in finishing and style using its three-quarter plate structure, broad stripes, hand-engraved balance penis and chamfered bridges. The title of the movement is really a nod to Walter Lange, who was born in 1924.
Lange will be supplying three restricted variations in white gold (145 bits ), pink gold (90 bits ) and yellow gold (27 pieces). All three will be available for $47,000.
But there’s one more, unique piece, that Lange is booking to our second auction in May.
Along with the bits introduced at SIHH, A. Lange & Söhne has made a decision to create a unique part in stainless steel, which is auctioned off May 12 through the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN.
This is going to be a rare chance to acquire a truly unique stainless steel piece out of Lange, since the producer barely ever uses that particular metal for cases.
Further however, the one-off is different to the restricted variations in a few other ways. It includes a black enamel dial, applied numerals, and polished steel hands. The opinion will also have a special engraving at the back, which reads”Unique Piece” at the top.
The opinion will have no book.

a lange sohne odysseus dial



The family is growing, as the Saxon brand is now counting on a new member. Boasting a bracelet crafted in stainless steel, the latest addition features a fine blue face that displays all the essentials for everyday life.

With its new automatic model Odysseus, German A. Lange & Söhne marks a new chapter in its watchmaking chronicle. In fact, nearly 175 years since its founding and 29 years since its relaunch, the Saxon brand has created a 6th family of watches which, like the Lange 1 (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), 1815, Saxonia, Richard Lange and Zeitwerk, are already among its most prestigious collections. Odysseus is the translation of Ulysse, the legendary hero in Greek mythology, renowned for his intelligence and cunning. The name says it all!

a lange sohne odysseus dialThe dial is swathed in blue, showcasing an azure hour chapter and seconds display, a brushed case ring and small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. In the center, two white gold lancine-style hands rotating above the appliqued indicators and timer on the silver bezel highlight the luminous hour and minute markers. On both sides of the dial, at 9 and 3 o’clock, a double aperture displays the abbreviated day name in English and date.

Completing the ensemble, the integrated, ergonomic bracelet of stainless steel links closes with a safety deployant buckle boasting a generous length adjustment.

Price: 28,000 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin

a lange sohne petite lange 1 moonphase 25 th anniversary caseback closeup



It may be small in size, but this timepiece still has all the qualities of a larger watch. This model stands out from the original launched in 2017 by the presence of a white gold engraved lunar disc.

To celebrate 25 years since the launch of the Lange 1, synonymous with the revival of the German manufacturer, 10 limited editions launched this year are offering a retrospective of the creations produced during this period. One of them is the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary”, which showcases the expertise of A. Lange & Söhne as a fine watchmaker, housed in a modest white gold case, with a diameter of just 36.8 mm. All the time information is still easy to read on the solid silver dial. The blue hour and minute hands point to an hour circle made up of Roman numerals and index markers, all in an off-center disc. At 2 o’clock, the oversize date asserts its numerals while at 5 o’clock, a small seconds dial passes over the Earth’s satellite, which reveals its various faces during one lunar month in a starry sky. On the outer edge at 3 o’clock, the power reserve indicator completes the creation.

a lange sohne petite lange 1 moonphase 25 th anniversary caseback closeupThe 25 pieces of this limited edition engraved from 1/25 to 25/25 come with an alligator strap finished with a pin buckle.

Price: 42,300 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne lange fuseaux horaires 25th anniversary soldier



The Lange 1 Time Zone “25th Anniversary” by A. Lange & Söhne is another installment in the collection of 12 limited-edition series marking 25 years of the Lange 1.

2019 is a very special year for A. Lange & Söhne. The famous brand is celebrating 25 years of its Lange 1 by releasing a special limited edition of this iconic timepiece every month. Each one is setting the watchmaking world on fire and is expected to culminate in a blaze of glory. The latest model to be revealed in this anniversary collection has everything that a refined and demanding traveler could desire. The 25-piece Lange 1 Time Zone “25th Anniversary” displays two time zones in two dedicated areas on its solid silver dial. The first zone is for the home time, the second smaller zone tells the time of one of the 24 time zones listed in the city ring. Both have a day/night indicator. The piece is completed with the German brand’s beloved outsize date.

a lange sohne lange fuseaux horaires 25th anniversary soldierPrice: on request

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne richard lange secondes sautantes dial closeup



From the SIHH in Geneva until October, a 25-piece limited edition is being unveiled on the 24th of every month to celebrate a quarter of a century of manufacture.

A philharmonic orchestra cannot function without talented musicians and a strict conductor who can lead them to perfection. Since 24 October 1994, the official date of its renaissance with the launch of the Lange 1, A. Lange & Söhne has performed this role by using a collection of mechanical features to set the benchmark in fine watchmaking. To mark a quarter of a century, the German company is unveiling various limited edition models this year. One of these is the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar “25th Anniversary” topped with a solid silver dial. Like the original 2012 model, the time information, which is blue in this model, is displayed off center. This unique layout ensures optimum readability combined with an outsize date, the mechanical and stylistic signature feature of the manufacturer. It also conveniently tells the months on the rotating outer ring of the dial and the day of the week with a retrograde marker at 10 o’clock. A small window at 6 o’clock provides leap year information. The moon phases are displayed at 7 o’clock with precision for 122.6 years.

a lange sohne richard lange secondes sautantes dial closeupEach piece is numbered and engraved from 01/25 to 25/25 and comes with a blue alligator strap with a folding buckle.

Price: EUR 324,500

By Dan Diaconu

lange soehne datograph perpetual tourbillon closeup caseback



Can you improve on a watch that already has an outstanding technical personality and a wonderful style? You just need to see this limited series to see it’s possible.

In the A. Lange & Söhne collections, the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon is an exceptional model that connoisseurs have been in love with since 2016. The dial elements include a large perpetual date and moon phases that will be accurate for 122.6 years, along with the power-reserve display and a tourbillon with a stop-seconds mechanism. The watch can also measure split times with a chronograph flyback function and a precisely jumping minute counter. All these data are shown on a dial housed in a 41.5mm-wide case made of white gold. The high standards of the German watchmakers are the guarantee of a harmonious layout and excellent readability. The version unveiled at the 2019 SIHH in Geneva has a different design and a new dial colour. Frills have no place in the German brand’s work and nor has banality. Elsewhere, the dial would probably be described as a pink salmon colour. Here the perfect use of solid pink gold shows off all the nobility of the material. The timepiece touches on the sublime.

lange soehne datograph perpetual tourbillon closeup casebackThe limited edition of 100 pieces comes with a hand-sewn, dark brown alligator leather strap with a tang buckle.

Price: 285,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne zeitwerk closeup on caseback



To preserve unspoiled the spirit and look of the original model, the brand has produced an alternative display for the date as well as a new calibre.

In 2009, A. Lange & Söhne launched a watch signalling a clean break in style. Its originality? The watch features a digital display of the hours and minutes using jumping figures. Only the power reserve indicator and the sub-seconds are shown with hands. A unique personality, high-quality workmanship and the inclusion of a luxury watchmaking mechanism go to make the Zeitwerk one of the manufacture’s flagship models. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, a practical new version has been released: the Zeitwerk Date. As its name suggests, a date function has been added to the time features. The date display is as unusual as the watch itself and is based on a glass ring around the dial. The new feature blends in perfectly with the other visual elements. Under the perimeter showing figures from 1 to 31, the date is shown in red for optimal visibility in a monochrome setting.

a lange sohne zeitwerk closeup on casebackPrice: 89,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne datograph up down lumen movement



With the Lumen feature developed by the German watchmakers, the Datograph’s nights will be even better than its days. The phosphorescent elements provide a unique light show when darkness falls.

A lumen is a unit of luminous flux used in physics. But for A. Lange & Söhne, it is the name given to models with omnipresent luminous material. It all began in 2010 with the Zeitwerk Luminous. The Grande Lange 1 Lumen in 2013, and then the Grande Lange 1 Moon Phase Lumen in 2016 showed another aspect of the German watchmakers’ talents. Imagination played a role in the collections, becoming the aesthetic counterpart to painstaking technical skill, resulting in a total spectacle. This year, it’s the Datographe Up/Down model’s turn to get this very unusual feature. Day and night, the time information is perfectly visible on the chronograph with a flyback function. Not only is the hour hand and the central second hand illuminated in a deep green colour in the dark, but so are two counters in bicompax position, the large date and the outside of the dial with its minute track and tachymetric scale. The semi-transparent sapphire crystal reveals part of the mechanical architecture of the watch, while capturing UV light to recharge the coloured pigments.

a lange sohne datograph up down lumen movementPrice: 95,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne tourbillon 1815 closeup caseback



How do you improve on the exceptional? The watchmakers at the German manufacture have thrown themselves into the challenge with this limited edition whose mechanics are as impressive as its aesthetics.

A. Lange & Söhne has spent the last 25 years defying gravity with its exceptional watches fitted with a tourbillon mechanism, the complication designed by the ingenious Abraham-Louis Breguet over 200 years ago. The German brand are still striving for excellence and in 2016 they unveiled the first model that pairs the tourbillon’s stop-seconds with its Zero-Reset mechanism. The incorporation of these two patented mechanisms meant the 1815 Tourbillon could be set with the ultimate accuracy using the crown and synchronised to a reference watch with ease. This year the model has been given some new assets. The hundred numbered watches in this limited series pair a 39.5mm platinum case with a smooth white enamelled dial that’s the height of purity. There are no fewer than thirty steps required to achieve this unique result. The blue steel hands glide above a classic hour rim. A minute track surrounds the Arabic numerals that stand out for a red 12 that’s engraved and fired separately. The end result is a clean and simple layout that showcases the look of the regulator mechanism and its small seconds at 6.

a lange sohne tourbillon 1815 closeup casebackThis sophisticated luxury watch comes with a black alligator leather strap and platinum deployment clasp.

Price: 198,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

a lange sohne 1815 rattrapante qp handwerkskunst closeup caseback



The watchmaking art has many faces. The new watch designed by A. Lange & Söhne is one of the year’s finest creations. We take a closer look.

A. Lange & Söhne is widely recognised for its exclusive, high-quality watches. Each one is a jewel of technical skill, rigour and formal aesthetic beauty without concessions. For all these reasons, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst probably represents the epitome in contemporary luxury watchmaking. This year, the German watchmakers have made a new limited edition of 20 pieces of this watch, first released in 2013. The model is adorned by a gold dial on which the deep blue enamel and highly elegant engraving provide an unmatched visual spectacle.

a lange sohne 1815 rattrapante qp handwerkskunst closeup caseback

By Dan Diaconu