A. LANGE & SÖHNE – 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR HANDWERKSUNST
WATCH OUT: A MASTERPIECE!
The watchmaking art has many faces. The new watch designed by A. Lange & Söhne is one of the year’s finest creations. We take a closer look.
A. Lange & Söhne is widely recognised for its exclusive, high-quality watches. Each one is a jewel of technical skill, rigour and formal aesthetic beauty without concessions. For all these reasons, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst probably represents the epitome in contemporary luxury watchmaking. This year, the German watchmakers have made a new limited edition of 20 pieces of this watch, first released in 2013. The model is adorned by a gold dial on which the deep blue enamel and highly elegant engraving provide an unmatched visual spectacle.
The brilliant self-winding mechanism is powered by the calibre L101.1, and its 631 components are hand-assembled. The mechanism drives the hour, minute and second hands. Using the split-second chronograph function, you can measure short intermediary and consecutive time periods. The perpetual date will display the date, day and month without error until 2100, while taking into account leap years. At 6 o’clock, the moon phases will be accurately shown for a full 122.6 years. A power reserve display completes the picture, giving the operating time remaining – up to 42 hours when the watch is fully wound.
If you turn the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Date Handwerkskunst over, there is even more magic. The hinged, gold case back, with a diameter of 41.9 mm, features an impressive relief engraving on a medallion showing the Moon goddess. When you lift the lid, the engraved finishes of the mechanism, bridges and plates are unveiled. The stars scattered between the counters on the dial, as well as all over the movement, also sparkle in the eyes of the watch’s lucky owner.
By Dan Diaconu