A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ Watch

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ Watch

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

SIHH 2017 was a bit of a bittersweet affair for A. Lange & Söhne. While the brand welcomed pieces like the epic Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite and the sublime 1815 Annual Calendar, they also had to cope with the news of founder Walter Lange’s passing. Walter Lange’s contributions to A. Lange & Söhne cannot be overstated. Together with Günter Blümlein, Lange resurrected A. Lange & Söhne in 1990 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In just four short years, they released the first new A. Lange & Söhne watches to the world. To pay tribute to his contribution, the brand has just unveiled the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" watch with no fewer than two seconds hands – one that sweeps and one that jumps.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" will be produced in extremely small numbers and will only be available in precious metals – yellow gold, white gold, and pink gold – as is the case for most A. Lange & Söhne watches. The watch measures 40.5mm wide by 10.7mm tall with a dial in silver, regardless of the case material, and the lance-style hands are made out of heat-blued steel. The dial is clean and simple in keeping with the 1815 collection. The center hour and minute hands tell the time, while a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock shows the running seconds. What is unusual, however, is that the watch has another central seconds hand. This is a jumping seconds hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The jumping seconds hand can be activated or deactivated using the pusher at 2 o’clock, which allows it to be used to time short events down to the nearest second. Now, the jumping seconds might sound like an unusual complication to have, but it has significance for the Lange family as it was conceived by Ferdinand Adolph Lange (Walter Lange’s great-grandfather) back in 1867.

The execution of the jumping seconds hand in the 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" watch uses the flirt-and-star principle, which is faithful to the mechanism first designed by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1867. A star wheel with six tips liberates a tensioned lever arm once every second in a move that is called the “flirt.” The arm spins 360 degrees before it is stopped by the next tip of the star. In doing so, the seconds hand advances by precisely one marker – meaning you can use it almost like a chronograph for measuring within a minute.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is the in-house made Caliber L1924, which can be admired through the sapphire display caseback. It is dubbed Caliber L1924 in honor of Walter Lange’s birth year. It is a manually wound movement made up of 253 components, beats at 3Hz, and has a power reserve of 60 hours – presumably, when both seconds hands are left running continuously. Curiously, A. Lange & Söhne did not provide us with a picture of the movement, but we are told that it features plates and bridges made out of untreated German silver and it is immaculately decorated by hand. Additionally, like all other A. Lange & Söhne pieces, it has an intricately hand-engraved balance cock. I guess we'll just have to wait till SIHH when we can see the movement in person, as well as to answer certain questions such as exactly how the hands might be realigned after having stopped the jumping seconds hand.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases
Walter Lange

The 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" has the reference number 297, which is actually a reference to Walter Lange’s birth date – July 29th. The watch is limited to 27 pieces in yellow gold, 145 pieces in white gold, and 90 pieces in pink gold. The unusual numbers pay homage to various milestones in the Lange family. Walter Lange registered Lange Uhren GmbH on December 7th, 1990, which is exactly 145 years from the day Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the company. Also, 27 is a reference to the 27 years that have passed between December 7th, 1990 and December 7th, 2017.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 'Homage To Walter Lange' Watch Watch Releases

Last but not least, I said that the watches were only available in precious metals, but A. Lange & Söhne are also creating a unique piece in stainless steel that they plan to auction for charity. Apart from the stainless steel case, this unique piece also stands out for its black enamel dial and polished stainless steel hands. The watch will be auctioned off at some time in 2018, and all proceeds will go to charity. The other A. Lange & Söhne 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" watches are all priced at €47,000 regardless of the case material. alange-soehne.com

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  • IanE

    Nice to pay tribute to The Man, but that is some pricey (and rather weird, not to say bizarre!) complication. A one-minute chronograph that only measures to the nearest second: odd.

    • JosephWelke

      Yeah, but have you ever seen it before?

      • TheChuphta

        Seriously. Do you even chronograph, bro?

  • ProJ

    It seems the central seconds hand only stops and runs, i.e. doesn’t go to ‘zero’ position. I wonder how this complication can be of any usefulness?

  • ???

    I can’t find any movement photo of this watch from every media.

    • Marius

      Try Playboy, or The Pattaya Evening Post.

  • Mikita

    Hm, want to see the central hand in action. So far not sure how it works and what is it for.

    • Yan Fin

      It’s like a chronograph that can measure whole seconds. For example, time of premature ejaculation, as long as it is under 1 min, ?? ??? ??? ???? ????????.

      • Mikita

        Excellent example! I knew it’s somehow related to large cars 🙂

        • Yan Fin

          And 55mm+ watches

  • Jerry Davis

    Not even if I was in the market for a watch in this price range.

  • BrJean

    Standard edition: precious metals.

    Unique piece: stainless steel.

    What a time to be alive!

  • Ulysses31

    It doesn’t blow me away. An AL&S has to do that; their other watches have spoiled me.

  • Marius

    Lange has always been one of my favourite brands. Having lived in Dresden for a few years, I had the opportunity to experience this brand firsthand before it achieved the level of fame of today. Nevertheless, over the last few years, Lange seems to be on a rather unconvincing and lackluster path.

    Firstly, it appears that the Richemont Group has adopted a very Panerai-esque strategy for Lange. Over the last years, Lange has released quite a few timepieces as “Homage to Walter Mitty”, “Homage to the Lange boutique in Dresden”, “Homage to the new duty-free shop in Bangkok” etcetera. In my view, Lange should leave the limited editions for awesome brands such as Hüblotter, Paneristi, or Undone.

    Secondly, I have always admired Lange because although they manufactured high-end, highly-finished watches, they always focused on creating very legible as well as practical timepieces. To me, Lange is the Rolex of the upper echalon because it focuses on a very practical approach, and its watches can very easily be worn on a daily basis. Yet, this new reference is gimmicky just for the sake of being gimmicky. I don’t see the purpose of having two seconds indicators, and I don’t understand why you would install a jumping seconds indicator that can be activated only for “brief periods.”

    Lastly, Lange is starting to push its prices to stratospheric levels. Sure, I agree that the quality level displayed by Lange is slightly superior to The Holy Trinity (Patek, Vacheron, Audemars), but even so, I find their watches quite overpriced. For instance, this watch costs almost $50,000, and to me, it doesn’t even look like a $20,000 watch. Even if you take into account the jumping seconds complication (which works only for “brief periods”), I still don’t see how it can cost $50,000. Personally, I would use the $50,000 to get a JLC Duometre à Chronographe ($42,000) AND a Reverso Tribute 1931, and engrave on the caseback “Push harder, me” referring to my Thai ladyboy. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6412d67566dbc97ab8fc383d4a864cde911912230d2b1076c19a4220a9ca005a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8c3de229a5bd8cbb8ab111fb813be87a8d92f10422be72635ce05f982b08b0d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8f2e503c139d0fdf8a7d3669bfe473f5f89f41fae74017d39946c5ba212acac.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4fa116a9f9fffe155ca039e567286973cdff6c1bec1481f91728fcf3df64539.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37023f8ac77efe8f3a9bb3ba7c1363ed890071868092bbbf381177dc252e74eb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0824909d2b4135532ebbaefec82ecb37b5dffd326774921ad6b78bd9d17d4074.jpg

    • BNABOD

      “Push harder, me” got to say you are quite creative Marius. Some will even go as far as calling it a sign of intelligence so chapeau

    • After a successful day a week ago, are you flush enough to buy the JLC?

    • Rupert Muller

      I completely agree with everything you say, Marius. And I also like your price comparisons that you draw for many of the watches presented on ABTW.

      However, I think the price comparison is only an argument for the poor, which, as you surely know, do not live in Monaco. Someone that is in the market for one of these “Homage to Walter Lange” watches with this absolutely silly complication couldn’t care less about a comparison to the Duometre and Reverso. Because he already OWNS a Duometre and three Reversos.

      The same is true for your recent comparison between the Spike Lee Daytona and the Lange 1 / regular Daytona. Someone interested in the flashy Brooklyn Daytona for sure already owns a Lange 1 and Paul Newman Daytona (and maybe even three Ladyboys).

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        I’m going to echo that sentiment Marius. You do post some lovely/interesting pictures of alternative watches in you’re posts.
        I must be ill, I’m giving out free praise. Just ignore me.

    • Terance Hill

      I openly admit I don’t know a lot about watches but I’m learning.
      .
      But I think this guy just schooled you in a rich classy kinda way.

    • egznyc

      Those are each beautiful watches. One with its beautiful complications and the other for its simplicity- and both so well balanced. I’ll only dream of spending my hard-earned money on the likes of these.

  • BNABOD

    All these watches are starting to look exactly the same to me w variations of the same topic. Tribute to Winnie the Pooh, spike Lee edition for a man that still feel oppressed while leaving large, Jesus and his Undone and today the Adolph tribute for 50Gs w a useless complication. Now ok ALS blah blah nice brand great finish good reputation but can we please attempt to get back to reality price wise. Bored to death already w these

  • Ranchracer

    Yawn.

  • TheChuphta

    A friend of mine in college had a Pontiac that had a digital “heads up” display that would project the car’s speed onto the bottom of the windshield to save the driver the effort of looking all the way down at the dashboard. I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. This has blown it out of the water at only about 8x the price.

    They’ve made a watch with the most generic, uninspired design paired with a perplexingly redundant and fundamentally useless complication. What an embarrassing “tribute”.

    • And then there was the hood tach on the 1970 GTO Judge too.

  • I guess I’d ask – what watch did Walter wear? And then make a special version of that. Maybe he was a 1815 wearer. But if not since the Lnage 1 put the resurected ALS back on the map, some tribute of that might have been more appropriate. Anyway, nice watch but outside of the family history it seems like a bizarre/stupid/esoteric/useless (pick one) complication. And the price, as everyone has noted, seem out of line for what your are getting in terms of a watch – even for an ALS. Guess you have to want the homage and limited series pretty badly to pay that price.

  • Price aside, it would be a really nice watch with just a straight jumping seconds complication and no running seconds sub-dial.

  • Gnarly Flies

    €47k! What are they smoking there?

    • Mikita

      Euros.

  • SuperStrapper

    A bit bland for my tastes, but the hand lengths alone are tantalising. Why do so many watches get that wrong.

    I think it would have been cooler and more interesting to present this as an actual one minute chronograph that utilises the same star and flirt mechanism. Doesn’t appear there is a reset on the seconds hand though, you either just stop or start it regardless of position. If a reset could be implemented along with the flirt you would have a very elegant and unique watch. Not that this is neither currently, but moreso is available.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Somewhat esoteric function there. But as usual AL&S have brought out another very pretty, proportional, harmonious looking watch

  • DanW94

    Love the watch, not necessarily the price. It’s obviously designed as a tribute so I assume the usefulness of the complication never really entered into the equation as much as capturing the old world Lange affiliation to the dead beat stop seconds function. Weird complication and seemingly inflated cost aside, I assume these LE’s will find a home.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    A “Museum Piece” indeed.

  • mefflet vincent

    Chic and classy as always with Lange. Of course if you need a traditional looking Swiss watch in your collection and you do have 47K Euro to spend (it could happen) , hopefully a nice Longines Master Collection or a Frederic Constant should bring you this delicious feeling of continuing the tradition for 1-2K Euro. At this price the “Chronomètre Bleu” from Journe is a bargain.