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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Limited Edition Watch

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Just a few days ago, A. Lange & Söhne released the 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange watch, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The latest release in anticipation of SIHH 2016 is the new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst. Handwerkskunst is the german word for “artisanship,” and for a watch from Lange to earn that distinction likely isn’t an easy feat for the watch makers involved. What makes them special isn’t so much about what’s going on in the watch but, rather, the engraving and work put into the dial.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

In 2014, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon was released, and it boasted some impressive features that were not apparent just from its name. Aside from having a tourbillon that shares a cutout with the seconds dial, the watch married two features in a way that had not been done before. Lange is known to be the first company to create a tourbillon with a stop-seconds device in 2008 with their Cabaret Tourbillon, meaning that when the wearer pulls out the crown, the tourbillon also stops, and this allows for increased precision when setting the time. With the 1815 Tourbillon, they took this innovation a step further, with the Zero-Reset complication in conjunction with the stop-second tourbillon. Upon pulling the crown to set the time, the Zero-Reset function has the seconds hand jump to zero – visually and mechanically in a very similar way to how the chronograph seconds hand resets to zero. According to Lange, having these two complications together allows the wearer to stop and set the time to within one-second accuracy.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The case back of the 1815 Tourbillon

This A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst version runs on the same L102.1 manual wind movement that features the aforementioned tourbillon with stop-seconds and Zero-Reset. There is 72 hours of reserve power for the watch. Additionally, the movement is made up of 21 jewels and 5 gold chatons. Altogether, you are looking at 262 parts that make up this movement. The tourbillon cutout is big, which is definitely a plus since the deep view of the inside of this watch is a treat, even in photos. The watch is discreetly sized at 39.5mm wide and 11.1mm thick.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Getting back to that artisanship that makes this limited edition of 30 watches special, the dial of this version is made of a black-rhodiumed pink gold with tremblage engraving. To make the surface smooth, Lange uses a special lining burin which still allows the granular look that makes this dial unique – if you want to see a different, arguably more traditional kind of “out-of-this-world” engraving from Lange, check out our article of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Handwerkskunst here. Of note, the reason behind the granular look is to harken back to the days of historic pocket watches. Moving on, the brand logo and numerals lend a beautiful contrast to the dial that really makes this reserved timepiece have a bit of flair. The picture of a stunning watch dial is made complete by the mirror polished tourbillon bridge and the high-polished upper part of the case.

This limited edition A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst watch comes on the same brown crocodile strap as its non-limited sibling. The 18k pink gold 1815 Tourbillon was priced at $164,100 while the platinum version was $201,300. The price for this limited run of 30 pieces conveniently falls right in the middle, at $181,000. alange-soehne.com

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  • ??????

    First A. Lange & Söhne watch, which isn’t aestetically stunning for me. Anyway, need to see live photos of the dial, but usually such rose gold markers vs gray dial don’t work for me. Silver TB bridge with silver screws also look out of place where all the rest is rose gold.

  • Phoenikz

    You know the phrase, “watch porn”? Well there it is – that’s it – right up there.

  • I_G

    The movement is nice, the dial is horrible. Worst shade of grey for rose gold.

  • iamcalledryan

    Need to see this in the flesh. I love what ALS did for the zero-reset on the tourbillon. If you look closely at the aperture, you can see a lever with a clear stone pallet sitting above the central axis. It connects will a cam at the axis which forces the seconds hand to zero while a blade spring comes in from the right and stops the wheel. Magic.

    And that’s a diamond on the movement-side balance pivot…

    • Shinytoys

      yeah buddy !

  • I believe “Handwerkskunst” means “Whale’s Vagina” in Spanish

    • DanW94

      My Spanish is rusty, but that sounds about right to me : )

  • Shinytoys

    Magnificent!!! Plus, what they have done with “the hack setting” ( I’m pretty sure ALS would shit their pants if they heard someone reference it that way), stopping all mechanical goodies including the tourbillion for a correct zero set for time, I’ve never heard it done before. The way ALS goes about it is particularly spectacular. Love the watch, the engines are superb, the presentation is absolutely top drawer. Excellent review Bilal Khan.

  • The 1815 Tourbillon 730.025 (white dial / blued hands) is “Perfect”. Aesthetically, this one is spoiled by the grey dial. I’d love to see them add some color to the collection. If they’d asked me, this would have been the Limited Edition:

    • Shinytoys

      another beautiful offering ….

  • Lurch

    ALS makes some amazing timepieces. I would definitely buy if I won the Powerball.

    • iamcalledryan

      I will at least pick up a pre-owned one day. It’s the least I should do for my children…

  • SuperStrapper

    Coloured gold aside, I love you. I mean… it.

    Still, as ‘classic’ or ‘true’ a 3/4 plate is, it always leaves me wanting more.

    That first picture that is the heavy macro showing the diamond cap jewel is totally tattoo worthy. I have a large watch movement related tattoo on my back already, so I probably shouldn’t. Although…