The 1815 Chronograph by A. Lange & Söhne may very well be the best meaning of a chronograph, in its most flawless structure. While the symbol stays the Datograph Up/Down , it includes a few extra complications, for example, the large date and the force save. The 1815 is as unadulterated as possible envision. Back in 2015, the German production refreshed the model slightly, with the expansion (or the comeback) of a pulsometer scale on the dazzling shop version . It is this equivalent version that is today introduced in a very Monochrome-style, with the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Black Pulsometer Dial.
For those of you who just have eyes for the notorious Datograph , we must inform you that the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph isn’t a poor’s man substitute. Far, extremely distant from that. Indeed, it combines numerous incredible components. Obviously, before the 2015 store release, we might have contended somewhat about a certain moroseness of the dial (the absolute first version, dispatched in 2004, highlighted a pulsometer dial until a facelift eliminated it in 2010, finishing in a fairly unadulterated/void dial – depending on your place of view…) However, with the shop version , the model restored some attractive quality with the generally straightforward return of the pulsometer scale on the outskirts, putting the model back on scene as a genuine contender.
In expansion to this, compared to the Datograph , the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph profits by 1. a slimmer case – a decrease of 1.5mm, which is very something on the wrist), due to the shortfall of the date and force hold and a more modest measurement (39.5mm versus 41mm) 2. precisely the same base development (and what a development it is) 3. a substantially more available value, given that it is made in white gold and not platinum, and furthermore a bit simpler on the mechanical side 4. a thin look, with its clean dial and monochromatic shading plan. However, the view from the back is equivalent to a Datograph, and that is a serious compliment. So to say, there was a great deal to adore about the 1815 Chronograph, anyway just for the individuals who love white dials… as of recently, as the “entry-level” chronograph is currently accessible with a black dial.
So, for 2017, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph gets another visual treatment, composed of a 18k white gold case – still estimating a sublimely adjusted 39.5mm and a sensible 11mm in tallness, which is fair for a chronograph – combined with a completely black dial, with coordinating sub-counters. For the rest, we find back precisely the same presentation and style as the 2015 shop release, with the pulsometer scale on the outskirts, marginally raised, and in the middle the standard little second and 30-minute counters, situated somewhat lower than the focal pivot. The indexes are still huge Arabic numerals, adapted with the conventional Lange textual style, and the hands are totally made in white gold – so to say, an extremely black-and-white attire.
Why does this black dial change everything? Indeed, truth be told, this decision of shading adjusts the watch to the remainder of the chronographs from the brand, which are, generally, founded on a black dial, with silvered emphasizes. Without saying that it makes this watch a less difficult Datograph, in any event it gives the 1815 Chronograph a touch of the appearance of the symbol and a marginally sportier, more easygoing style.
What doesn’t change – thankfully – on this new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Black Pulsometer Dial is the shocking development discovered inside the case. As said, it is a similar base type as the Datograph, implying that since 2010 and the facelift of the watch, it additionally profits by the more drawn out force hold of 60 hours (compared to 36 hours on the primary version). The rear of this flyback, section wheel chronograph is a blowout for the eyes: profound, complex, sublimely completed, stunningly decorated… Certainly perhaps the most fulfilling chronograph developments accessible available (and for a lower cost than the competition – think Patek 5170 or Vacheron Harmony ).
This new A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Black Pulsometer Dial, unlike the white/blue dial variant, won’t be a shop selective, implying that it will be accessible at any A. Lange & Söhne retailer, and at a similar cost, EUR 49,000. More subtleties with the inside and out survey we did about the watch and its development here , just as on www.alange-soehne.com .
Technical Specifications – A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Black dial
- Case: 18k white gold – Diameter: 39.5 millimeters; stature: 11.0 millimeters – sapphire gem on the two sides – 30m water resistant
- Dial: all hands in rhodiumed white gold
- Functions: Time demonstrated in hours, minutes and auxiliary seconds with stop seconds; flyback chronograph with absolutely hopping minute counter; pulsometer scale
- Movement: Lange produce type L951.5; physically twisted, designed and collected by hand; exactness changed in five positions; plates and scaffolds made of untreated German silver; balance chicken engraved by hand; 306 sections; 34 gems (remembering 4 for screwed gold chatons); switch escapement; Shock-safe offset wheel with unusual balancing loads; balance spring made in-house with a recurrence of 18,000 semi-motions each hour, accuracy beat-change framework with horizontal set screw and whiplash spring; power hold of 60 hours; Diameter: 30.6 millimeters; tallness: 6.1 millimeters;
- Strap: Hand-sewed crocodile calfskin lash, white-gold prong buckle
- Reference: 414.028
- Price: € 49,000 Euro (incl. taxes)