A few days ago, we showed you another watch presented by A. Lange & Söhne, the 1815 “Cuvette” Limited Edition . All things considered, this was by all account not the only oddity the Saxonia-based brand had to show us in this long stretch of September 2017. Be prepared, because what Lange just launched is both noteworthy, complex, demonstrative, rare and magnificently executed. Here is the “Handwerkskunst” version of the exceptionally regarded A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar. And the individuals who are knowledgeable about the brand will know what is hidden behind this very barbarian German word…
Don’t be scared by this word. Indeed, it is very hard to articulate and to read for non-German speakers. However, this word, when connected to the brand A. Lange & Söhne, makes us feel a feeling of joy. “Handwerkskunst” is a German word which could be translated by “an art achieved by the hands of a craftsman“, accordingly in short craftsmanship or handicraft (or artisanat for our Swiss and French readers). And when this word is attached to the name of an A. Lange & Söhne model, it means that it has gotten a special decorative treatment, which can include engravings, explicit decorations on the dial or the development (done by hand of course), enameling or hammering. it also means profoundly restricted watches, from 15 pieces to 30 pieces.
A. Lange & Söhne has already presented 5 watches under the name “Handwerkskunst“:
- 2011 – Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” Handwerkskunst
- 2012 – Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst
- 2013 – Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst
- 2014 – Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst
- 2015 – 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst
Today, A. Lange & Söhne presents its sixth “Handwerkskunst” version, for certain details and methods that have never been utilized before.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst
At Lange, “Handwerkskunst” watches are usually based on top of the line models: tourbillon, tourbillon with perpetual calendar, tourbillon with fusée-and-chain, hopping hours and minutes… The sixth release is no special case for the rule. Surely, it is based on the complex 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, which as indicated by its name, combined a split-seconds chronograph and a perpetual calendar, so-to-say such a sacred goal for collectors. And it tells the time as well. This complex watch, with insane development (a specifically created development, which isn’t based at once Split or the Datograph ), presently gets an exceptional decorative treatment, combining hand-engraving, hammering and enamelling.
Launched at the SIHH 2013, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar was immediately applauded by collectors and insiders, as it got two awards at the GPHG 2013, as the champ in the Grand Complication category and the Public’s Choice Award. This watch was a clear reaction to Patek Philippe and its references 5004 and 5204 , both emblematic representations of the split-seconds/perpetual calendar combination. Lodging a serious complex development, to say the least, as it is composed of no less than 631 parts, it was a rather large part, measuring 41.9mm x 14.7mm. The display was classical, with both chronograph hands on the central axis and a perpetual calendar displayed thanks to traditional sub-dials.
Yet, as complex as it is mechanically-speaking, the habillage remained a lot of Lange: pink gold or platinum case, a silver dial and blued hands. On the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst there is much more regarding respectability – and it feels completely extraordinary compared to the remainder of the collection. The most visually striking aspect is the dial – and it alone shows how capable Lange is regarding artistic craftsmanship. The clear subject here is the moon and the starry sky that encompasses it. The dial is obtained from a strong white gold plate that is painstakingly engraved by hand with specks and stars – as an expansion of the moon displayed at 6. On top of it, a translucent dark blue enamel is applied, and it brings about engravings (including the Arabic numerals for the hours) that dissolve into this rare material.
The display and dial layout of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst remain unchanged to the standard edition of this watch. That means legible moment and second track on the fringe, moon and small second at 6, day and date at 9, month and leap year at 3, power save and 30-minute counter at 12. A complex display without a doubt, yet the large dial and the very much situated indications make readability very helpful. All the hands related to the time or the calendar indications are rhodium plated, while the rattrapante second hand is in gold and the 30-minute hand is blued. It’s certainly not the minimalistic approach seen on the Saxonia collection , yet even with such countless details and methods applied, the dial remains clear.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst has the same case as the standard version, and it’s done here in 18k white gold. Be that as it may, if the front and side of this case are unchanged, the back is another story. Much the same as the 1815 “Cuvette” Limited Edition that we acquainted with you as of late, this new restricted version has a particular pivoted caseback, such a residue cover, which Lange have named “cuvette”. Revealing the development when opened, the caseback is also done in white gold, it is completely adorned with a complex hand-made engraving (both with reliefs and tremblage) and depicts the goddess Luna, the ancient mythological personification of the moon. It is circled with blue translucent enamel, much the same as the dial. The diameter of the watch remains unchanged at 41.9mm, be that as it may, because of the “cuvette” back, the tallness is currently 15.8mm.
Finally, the development, already a masterpiece of watchmaking, is specifically decorated in the classical “Handwerkskunst” way. The German-silver train connect is done with a granular (hammered) surface frequently found in the developments of memorable pocket watches. Alleviation and tremblage engravings on the operating-lever, cover and chronograph connects as well as on the rattrapante and balance rooster offer reverberation to the stellar topic of the dial. The remainder of the development is done to Lange’s usual specifications – meaning in a legitimate very good quality way.
This A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is an exceptionally complex watch, mechanically-speaking as well as far as look. Obviously, not all will like its completely adorned style. Notwithstanding, nobody can prevent the beauty from getting the work done here. Again Lange have excelled every way under the sun. Cost is 290,000 Euro, while the standard release of this watch is valued at 199,900 Euro. It will be produced in 20 pieces only.
More detail on www.alange-soehne.com .
Specifications – A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst
- Case: 41.9mm x 15.8mm – 18k white gold case – hinged cuvette in blue enameled white gold with engraving – sapphire crystal on both sides
- Dial: Six-part, blue enameled white gold with alleviation engraving; argenté-shaded flange ring with railway-track minute scale
- Movement: calibre L101.1, in-house – manually twisted – 3Hz recurrence – 42 hours power hold – 631 parts – hours, minutes, seconds, power save, split-seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar
- Strap: Hand-sewed alligator leather, blue-gray with gray seam – deployant buckle in white gold
- Reference: 421.048FE
- Limited Edition: 20 pieces
- Price: 290,000 Euro