To mark thirty years since the brand’s modern rebirth, A. Lange & Söhne has launched three special watches in its proprietary ‘Honeygold’ in honour of Ferdinand Adoph Lange. They are the 1815 Thin Honeygold, the 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold, and the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold.
1815 Thin “Homage to F.A. Lange”
This new limited model (175 pieces) comes in a 38mm sized 18 kt honey goldcase with a height of 6.3mm. People tend to focus on the Lange complications, but there’s a good reason their time-only pieces are still well loved – they are clean, elegant, and pretty much timeless. The 1815 Thin Honey Gold has a handmade copper dial in brilliant white two-part enamel dial, dark grey printed Arabic numerals, and a classic railway minute track. The hands are also in Honeygold.
Its movement is the Lange manually wound Calibre L093.1, which beats at 21,600VPH and has a power reserve of three days. Unlike their usual use of Glashütte ribbing, for this new model, the German silver three-quarter plate has a granular surface texture that is a nod to historical Lange pocket watches. The plates are untreated German silver, and of course there’s the hand-engraved balance cock, this time with the lines of the pattern treated with black rhodium, as is the inscription on the plate.
It comes on a dark brown strap with a matching 18kt Honeygold buckle.
1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”
Their sixth rattrapante (split seconds chronograph), this time A. Lange & Söhne have put this complication with a new movement into a 41.2mm Honeygold case (thickness of 12.6mm) in a limitation of one hundred pieces. With the combination of proprietary metal and a blackened solid silver dial, it’s also a new colour mix.
Functionally, along with the time there is a subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, the rattrapante with 30-minute counter, and a tachometer scale. The hands are a combination of rose gold, white gold, and rhodium-treated steel.
The new movement is the manually wound Calibre L101.2. With 365 parts, it beats at 21,600VPH and has a power reserve of fifty-eight hours. As you would expect the plates are untreated German silver, the hand-engraved balance cock is accompanied by an engraved chronograph bridge, and both are treated with black rhodium. Because it is visible through the open case back, as it should be for such a movement and complication, you can see the rattrapante function at work.
It comes on a dark brown leather strap with an 18 kt Honeygold prong buckle and is a boutique-only model.
Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”
Finally, there is the most complicated and thus most limited (fifty pieces) of the three new pieces – the Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold. This may ring some bells from 2017, when the first Tourbograph Perpetual was their SIHH centrepiece that year.
A grande complication that combines a fusée and chain with a tourbillon, rattrapante chronograph, and a perpetual calendar, this new one also comes in a 43mm sized (16.6mm thick) case but this time in 18 kt Honeygold. The dial is black rhodium-plated dial, with the numerals in relief, and a combination of Honeygold and blued-steel hands. The calendar has three subsidiary dials – the date at 12 o’clock, day at 9 o’clock, and month and leap year at 3 o’clock. The moon-phase is accurate for 122.6 years.
The movement is the same manually-wound Calibre L133.1 as its predecessor, which has 684 parts. It beats at 21,600VPH and has a power reserve of thirty-six hours. They built the perpetual calendar mechanism around the tourbillon (i.e. an integrated movement rather than using a module) and emphasised the minimal loss of energy even if the chronograph is in use when the calendar, which is accurate until February 2100, is being adjusted. Additionally, there wereadjustments to the fusée and chain (a further 636 parts in and of itself) to counter the loss of torque at the mainspring via a planetary gearing mechanism that maintains a constant force from the mainspring barrel when the watch is being wound. This new special edition has the same grained treatment mentioned earlier, applied to the bridges.
It comes on a hand-stitched dark brown leather strap with an 18kt Honeygold deployant buckle.
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