Watches & Wonders Shanghai: A. Lange & Söhne Unveils A Trio Of “Homage To F. A. Lange” Anniversary Editions

A. Lange & Söhne is celebrating two big anniversaries this year – 175 years since its foundation and 30 years since its rebirth after the fall of the Berlin Wall – and what better way to honor these historic moments than with a trio of limited editions?

By Sophie Furley

Today marks the opening of Watches & Wonders 2020 Shanghai in the city’s West Bund Art Center with 11 leading brands, of which A. Lange & Söhne leads the list. Following is Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Purnell, Roger Dubuis, and Vacheron Constantin.

Watches & Wonders Shanghai is the perfect occasion for A. Lange & Söhne to share its new trio of “Homage to F. A. Lange” Anniversary Editions. All three watches come from the brand’s 1815 collection. And, as the name suggests, they pay homage to the brand’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange (1815-1875), who is credited with laying the foundation of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry by opening the very first pocket watch workshop that was inaugurated on December 7th,1845.

A Man Ahead Of His Time

It all started with a teaching workshop with 15 apprentices, which grew into a watch factory producing pocket watches for clients all over the world. F. A. Lange introduced modern production methods based on the division of labor by encouraging employees to establish their own companies. He also introduced the metric system into watchmaking, devised numerous measuring instruments and tools, and created many innovative mechanisms and horological solutions that he patented. One such patent pertains to his three-quarter plate, which remains a signature feature of the brand’s timepieces since its relaunch in 1990.

A Trio Of “Homage to F. A. Lange” Anniversary Editions

The trio of watches comes in an exclusive honey gold that is a special alloy of gold that undergoes a unique thermal treatment, rendering it more scratch-resistant than other gold alloys and giving it a particularly warm hue. These three limited editions also feature new dials and include special movement decorations. Let’s take a closer look.

1815 Thin HoneyGold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

This two-hand, 38mm, honey gold timepiece measures a mere 6.3mm in height, making it extremely elegant on the wrist. It comes with a hand-made, two-part, white enamel dial that takes its inspiration from the brand’s early pocket watches. The dial features dark-gray printed Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale that contrast beautifully with the white dial.

The 1815 Thin HoneyGold is powered by the brand’s L093.1 manufacture caliber whose German-silver three-quarter plate has been decorated with a granular surface texture, a finishing technique often found in historic Lange pocket watches. Boasting a 72-hour power reserve, this 175-piece anniversary edition will retail for $34,000.

1815 Rattrapante HoneyGold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

This 100-piece limited edition is the first watch from A. Lange & Söhne to combine a honey gold case with a black dial made from solid silver. The 41.2mm timepiece features a split-seconds chronograph/rattrapante mechanism that is located on the movement side of the brand’s new L101.2 manually wound caliber, whose three-quarter plate has also been endowed with a granular surface. This piece is available exclusively in A. Lange & Söhne boutiques for $134,100.

Tourbograph Perpetual HoneyGold “Homage to F. A. Lange”

Last but not least, A. Lange & Söhne is unveiling its Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite” in a limited special edition honey gold case. With its five complications – fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon, chronograph with rattrapante function, and perpetual calendar – in a unique arrangement, the 43mm Tourbograph Perpetual HoneyGold is paired with an18-karat honey gold dial with a black-rhodium finish. It also features granular finishing on the L133.1 caliber movement. Limited to just 50 pieces, price is upon request.

Watches & Wonders Shanghai will be held from 9th to 13th September, by invitation only. This exclusive event will also be transmitted online via the Watches & Wonders website for those hungry for more details.

(Images provided by A. Lange & Söhne)

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