When it comes to producing watches that exude technical sophistication coupled with a refinement that is often hard to fathom, A. Lange & Söhne is an eternal front runner. With the new Limited Edition 1815 Tourbillon with an Enamel Dial, the brand has once again proved that it was meant to stand out from the crowd.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon
The 1815 Tourbillon was first introduced in 2014 and showcased two of Lange’s patented innovations for precision timekeeping. The watch included a stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon, coupled with a zero-reset time-setting feature for synchronisation. While both mechanisms had been used individually by Lange in the past, they were combined for the first time in the 1815 Tourbillon and allowed the tourbillon to be stopped and the watch reset to within one-second accuracy.
The description may sound very complex, and with good reason. Stopping an extremely delicate tourbillon without causing damage is a difficult task that A. Lange & Söhne have accomplished with definite élan.
The 2018 model of the 1815 Tourbillon does not differ in its functions from the 2014 original, so another technical sounding explanation isn’t necessary! The most striking difference between the 2014 and 2018 edition of this beautiful timepiece lies in the simplicity and grace of the pristine white enamel dial.
Enameling requires immense patience and skill, in addition to time and painstaking accuracy. The new, 100-piece Limited Edition 1815 Tourbillon is a masterpiece in platinum with a 39.5mm case which holds the white enamel dial, crafted using the ages-old and exquisite grand feu enamel technique which requires over 30 manual stages to accomplish! It isn’t hard to imagine the time and effort that goes in to creating each 1815 Tourbillon timepiece, as the watch truly is a stunning sight to behold!
The dial includes black hour markers which are offset by the red 12 o’clock marker and blued hands. The tourbillon itself is displayed at 6 o’clock and includes a blue seconds-hand. The in-house caliber L. 102.1 movement that powers the 1815 Tourbillon is visible through the sapphire crystal case back of the watch and has a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
Each individually numbered piece of this Limited Edition 1815 Tourbillon is fitted with a black-hand stitched alligator leather strap with a platinum clasp and despite the 11.3mm height of the case, sits comfortably on the wrist.
The 1815 Tourbillon is classically simple in its complexity, evoking images of 19th and 20th century pocket-watches crafted by Lange. Even at first glance, this watch makes a powerful statement without any pomp and grandeur.
HOT Verdict: The perfect embodiment of the saying – ‘Money talks, wealth whispers, bad behavior screams, elegance is unheard completely’