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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘200th Anniversary F.A. Lange’ Watch Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

About the time this article is publishing, A. Lange & Söhne will be putting the final touches on their special celebration event in Dresden and Glashutte, Germany, for the 200th anniversary of the birth of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange. To commemorate, they are launching the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” watch. This is among the first (and probably not the last) limited edition timepieces produced in honor of that event, and it is quite lovely as a version of their basic 1815 watch in an 18k honey gold case.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It was back in 2010 that I originally discussed the then-new honey gold alloy exclusive to A. Lange & Söhne here. Since its debut, Lange has kept honey gold mostly reserved for its more exclusive models, and I personally find it to be a very appealing hue of gold. The color is closer to the yellow of standard 18k gold versus anything red or rose, but softer, as though it had platinum, or something else, to mellow the tone. Actually, the alloy contains gold, zinc, and manganese, and it happens to be stronger than standard gold from a scratch-resistance perspective. In your hands, you feel the warmth of the honey color, and that it is obviously gold… but also something different. In any event, I think that a lot of people will fall in love with honey gold as I have.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” watch is a wonderful example of a modern A. Lange & Söhne timepiece that, nevertheless, has a unique twist in being a limited edition – and at 40mm wide, this dress-style timepiece is also sized with modern tastes in mind. I am not the type of person to wear dress watches very often, but something like this feels, first and foremost, like a utilitarian item and then like something refined and decorated (which it most certainly is).

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Matched to the honey gold case is a solid silver dial with printed Arabic numerals in that classic A. Lange & Söhne 1815 style with a subsidiary seconds hand. Even though the color of the silver and that of the honey gold hands isn’t terribly different, legibility is promoted because the dial has a matte texture, while the hands are softly polished (the key to not having them be overly reflective).

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” watch is an in-house-made A. Lange & Söhne caliber L051.1 manually wound movement produced from 188 parts and visible through the sapphire crystal case back. Produced from German Silver (which, when it patinas, will actually look similar to honey gold), the movement operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) and has a power reserve of 55 hours. The movement further makes use of gold chatons and blued-steel screws. Made with hand polishing and a hand-engraved balance cock, even though the L051.1 movement is among the more simple movements produced by A. Lange & Söhne, it gets the same decorative treatment and attention to detail as all the rest that they produce.

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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 '200th Anniversary F.A. Lange' Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Attached to the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” watch is a matching brown alligator strap – making for a strikingly nice, yet conservative, fine German timepiece. Look out for more special A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” watches soon. The price for the reference 236.050 A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” is $33,900. alange-soehne.com

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  • IanE

    Just beautiful! There is something very calming, serene and poised about the 1815 design. I would be sorely tempted if I hadn’t just emptied my watch fund with the RG Up/down variant.

    • DanW94

      Insanely jealous : ) …..Wear that beauty in good health….

  • ??????

    Pure jaw-dropping perfection.

  • Concerned1

    I don’t think there is a single A. Lange timepiece I don’t like. They are all beautiful. However, the prices are ridiculous.

    • socrates35

      It’s called exclusionary pricing: you have to ‘pay to play’ in their league

      • Concerned1

        Yeah, I agree. It’s creating a demand among the rich. Can’t say I blame them. If they can keep the buyers coming, then by all means price them as hi as you can. Rolex certainly does, and those watches are nowhere near as rare.

  • This is friggin’ amazing!

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Well said.

  • SwissMatic

    Class.

  • Timeless Watch

    Beauty beyond reach…

  • Malfoy

    I’m perplexed. They made another 200th anniversary 1815? This was the first one.

    • Ariel Adams

      Yes, this is another one – and there will be another couple of 200th Anniversary Lange models.

      • SuperStrapper

        Any high complications? Don’t tease…

        • I_G

          Week display for sure! German favourite.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      And we are blessed when they make another one.

  • SuperStrapper

    Impeccable and a textbook study in flawless refinement. Also boring, even for a dress watch. One of my top 3 brands easily, and an offering like this that is sleepy doesn’t make me think any less of them. I’m glad it exists, even though I’d never want one.

  • Amit Menachemi

    OK so you can say “I have a gold watch” but with no power-reserve-indicator, no date, nothing special, what’s the point?

    • iamcalledryan

      Well if its vital for it to be a complicated watch, none. There are other criteria for purchasing a watch. Quality of finish, investment value, style. For some, simplicity is key.

      And noting special? German silver, gold chatons, hand engraved balance cock, limited edition, excellent finishing, etc etc etc.

      • Amit Menachemi

        nothing to justify this price, in my opinion, 80% of the price is for the name “Lange” and not really for the watch …

  • Larry Holmack

    Really beautiful…..and timeless.

    • I_G

      The railroad minute track and the Clarendon-style numerals/text typeface position the style nicely into the early 20th century but nevertheless it’s a fetching dress watch.

  • Lurch

    Stunning watch. Wish I had $34K.

  • iamcalledryan

    Stunning, stunning and most importantly, stunning.

  • Shinytoys

    Very elegant. I’d be proud to wear it.

  • Berndt Norten

    Symmetry, elegance, class, restraint, balance, polish…perfection! Nothing stands out in an unwanted fashion. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. Simplicity on the front; complexity on the back. Simply irresistible (there’s no telling where the money went…)

  • JimBob

    #goldisbest

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Now that, mi amigos y amigettes, is one very beautiful watch.
    I would consider it an hono(u)r to wear such a watch.

  • radikaz

    Great things about A.Lange & Sohne, regardless what’s price range, their watches are finished to the highest quality. I would tell you Patek Philippe is not even close to this dedication on entry pieces (checked out Calatravas last month, movement’s finishing is so so) And the thing about Honey Gold is, it’s radiate soothing gold comfort to the eye. Definitely a stealth wealth kind of time piece, i like!

  • GhostlyProduct

    The attention to detail with respect to finishing is stunning.

  • Luciano Oliveira

    Beautiful piece of horology.

  • Marius

    I don`t really like this shade of gold since it looks a bit washed up. Moreover, I can`t understand why this watch is $10k more expensive than a standard 1815. Basically, this is the same watch as a normal 1815, save for the gold it uses for the case, and I doubt that this honey gold really warrants such a premium. In my opinion, calling it a limited edition is a bit of an overstatement since it doesn`t offer anything new.
    For $34k I`d rather get a JLC Duometre a Chronograph which has a more complicated movement, as well as similar finishing with German Silver bridges, hand bevelling, etc.

  • egznyc

    Sure is a beautiful watch. I rather like the color of the gold case but would love to see one in person. The hands appear a little lighter than the dial except at the end of the article – there, for some reason, they appear much darker and, frankly, both more legible and more suited to the color of the hour markers. Speaking of which, for this price I’d expect applied numerals, but I guess that’s not in keeping with th historic nature of the design. Yeah, I hate to quibble over little things when they’ve done so much that’s right here, but jeez, I can think of more complicated watches I’d rather get for this price. Not that I would ….

  • Lurch

    Oh yeah. This is one of the most sexy watches you have reported on lately.

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