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A. Lange & Söhne


The 1815 Annual Calendar

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Presented in a perfectly sized 40mm x 10.1mm round case, in your choice of either 18k white gold or 18k rose gold, the 1815 Annual Calendar will satisfy experienced watch snobs and novice collectors alike. On the one hand it offers a great introduction into the world of complicated watches, boasting a highly practical annual calendar complication complete with a wonderfully detailed moon-phase indicator that will be accurate for the next 122.6 years. On the other hand it comes equipped with an in-house, manually wound movement – the Calibre L051.3 – that will satiate even the most demanding of aficionados.

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The 1815 collection is so named for the birth year of Ferdinand A. Lange, who established Germany’s precision watchmaking industry in Glashütte. The design is characterised by traditional style elements meaning large Arabic numerals, blued hands and a railway-track minute scale. In addition to these elements the solid silver dial of the 1815 annual calendar also features 3 sub-dials, arranged in a traditional 3 – 6 – 9 formation. At 3 o’clock is the month, at 6 o’clock is the aforementioned moonphase as well as the small seconds, and finally at 9 o’clock the day and the date indicators. The main hands are blued for the hours and minutes, whilst the other hands match the case’s material.

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As with all Lange timepieces though, the dial is only half the story. Turn it over and you are greeted with the sight of the superbly decorated manually wound calibre L051.3.  The ¾ plate is decorated with Glashutte stripes, there’s gold chatons with blued screws, and of course a beautifully hand-engraved cock bridge and screwed balance. In total the movement measures just 5.7mm thick, including the 1.4mm thick annual calendar module which sits on top of the base calibre. Don’t let the slim profile fool you though, this new manually wound calibre L051.3 still offers a very healthy power reserve of 72 hours.

Offered on a hand-stitched alligator leather strap with pin buckle matching the case, the new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar looks a treat paired with a suit and tie but is equally at home in more relaxed settings.

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About A. Lange & Söhne

Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he established his manufactory in 1845. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly vanished. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange had the courage to relaunch the brand. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. With 59 manufacture calibres developed since 1994, A. Lange & Söhne has secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. Brand icons such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a regularly produced wristwatch and the ZEITWERK with its precisely jumping numerals display, rank among the company’s greatest successes. Sophisticated complications such as the LANGE 1 TOURBILLON PERPETUAL CALEDAR, the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER or the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” reflect the manufactory’s determination to achieve ever-new pinnacles in horological artistry.