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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition

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Expected delivery: Jun 19, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019
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Listing number 5VT0S8
Brand A. Lange & Söhne
Model 1815
Movement Manual winding
Case material White gold
Bracelet material Crocodile skin
Year 2017
Condition Good (Light signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery Original box, original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Caliber

Movement Manual winding

Case

Case material White gold

Bracelet/strap

Bracelet material Crocodile skin

Description

When thinking of the real heavyweights in Haute Horlogerie, only a few big names come to mind- Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and of course, the Germans next door, A. Lange & Sohne. While many see Swiss watches as the pinnacle of watchmaking, Lange serves as a reminder that this isn’t the case. In fact, one can say that in some areas, Lange is considered much better than its Swiss counterparts.

Everything said in the introduction predominantly revolves around one aspect of watchmaking- the chronograph. This A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition is a testament to that and was released in 2015, marking the 200th birthday of F.A. Lange, the manufacture’s founder. Usually, when describing watches, I would begin with its aesthetics but with this piece, we really need to start with the movement.

This watch is powered by a manually winding, in-house L951.5 movement and it is hailed by many as one of the greatest chronograph movements of all time. Based off the calibre that you find in the Datograph, the 1815 chronograph is the younger brother and lacks the big date. First introduced in 1999, it sent shockwaves through the watch industry as creating an in-house chronograph was no easy feat. It was a very traditonal, super high end manually wound chronograph made in Germany and this calibre played an instrumental role in sealing the reputation of A. Lange & Sohne as one of the best.

What is so crazy about the movement is just how beautiful it looks. Architecturally, it has an amazing three-dimensional look to it and with its bridges and plates made out of German silver, all perfectly hand-finished and balance cock hand engraved, words really cannot do it justice.

Mind you, up until recently, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin were using Lemania based ebauches, with Patek Philippe only releasing their in-house chronograph in 2010 and Vacheron in 2015. Moreover, Audemars Piguet still uses an outsourced base F. Piguet calibre for their chronographs making A. Lange & Sohne over a decade ahead of the ‘holy trinity’ of Swiss watchmaking!

While there have been many versions of the 1815 chronographs released over the years, the most desirable would have to be this Boutique Edition. While it is not strictly a limited edition model, it is reserved only for the 16 A. Lange & Sohne boutiques worldwide and only a few pieces are given to each a year, making this a pretty damn rare piece.

What you get is your standard 1815 chronograph characteristics with this example made in 18k white gold. The case is expertly made as you would expect and has a rounded polished bezel with brushed sides, bevelled angular protruding lugs and square pushers that are similarly bevelled, polished and brushed. Where it differs is very subtle, but in my opinion, makes all the difference. Instead of the usual black, the numerals and text on the dial have been printed in blue and features a pulsations scale. The blue is just stunning and throws off different shades of blue depending on the light source, a small subtlety that I enjoy very much.

While the Datograph is certainly more iconic, the 1815 chronograph can certainly be seen as the thinking man’s choice as it is smaller at 39.5mm and much thinner at 11mm. It wears much more elegantly on the wrist and the no-date is also seen as a plus by many as it is seen as the more purist approach to watchmaking.

This watch comes as a full set along with a matching dark blue alligator strap and an 18k white gold tang buckle. The A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition is not an easy piece to attain and it is certainly one of my favourite dress chronographs.

CONDITION REPORT

This A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition come as a full set. It has its inner and outer box, guarantee and service booklet along with an instructions manual in a leather folder. It is in good used condition with some scratches on the bezel. There is also a scratch on the side of the bottom right lug. It is in full working order and the chronograph and flyback operates smoothly. The strap has been used but it is in good condition. It comes with its original 18k white gold tang buckle.

SPECS

Brand: A. Lange & Sohne
Year: 2017
Model: 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition
Reference Number: LSLS4143AA
Serial Number: Case No. 226XXX, Movement No. 121XXX
Material: 18k White Gold
Movement: Manual Winding L951.5
Case Diameter: 39mm
Bracelet/Strap: A. Lange & Sohne Dark Blue Alligator Strap with signed 18k White Gold Tang Buckle

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