As the watchmaking industry announced its resurgence with the Watched & Wonders event in Shanghai, A Lange Söhne joined in the celebrations by debuting three extraordinary models in the 1815 watch family – the limited-edition Homage to FA Lange collection. Made of honey gold, an alloy exclusive to Lange watches, the three timepieces feature special movement decorations and dials dedicated to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, who when he founded the German manufacture 175 years ago, laid the foundations for Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry.
A man ahead of his time, FA Lange introduced the metric system to watchmaking and created novel measuring instruments and tools. He also developed countless ingenious mechanisms and watchmaking solutions, many of which he registered for patents. An example is the three-quarter plate, which has been a calling card of A. Lange & Söhne timepieces since the brand relaunch in 1990.
The 1815 family’s design calls up the spirit of the pocket watches of yesteryear to the mechanical wristwatches of today. The three new watches in the Homage to FA Lange collections stand out not just for its use of honey gold, but also their special movement decorations, which include grained German silver plates and black-rhodiumed engravings on the balance cock.
The 38mm 1815 Thin Honeygold is a timelessly elegant two-hand watch with Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale atop a hand-made enamel dial, and is limited to 175 pieces. The 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold is Lange’s first watch to combine a chronograph and a split-second chronograph is limited to 100 pieces and features a stunning black dial made from solid silver. Meanwhile, the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold features five complications – tourbillon, fusee-and-chain, chronograph, rattrapante and perpetual calendar – whose functions can be read on an elegant grey dial with raised numerals and scales in gold.