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A. Lange & Söhne

1815 Chronograph in White Gold CHF 52 500

DETAILS

The 1815 Chronograph was introduced by A. Lange and Söhne in 2004 as a more or less affordable and less complicated alternative to the already famous Datograph watch. Among the Datographs, the platinum models carry the most weight, both literally and figuratively, while the 1815 Chronograph was and is offered exclusively in gold. It loses the large date that makes the Datograph dial so unique, but it still has the classic look of a chronograph dial, where everything is dedicated to this function and there is nothing additional that has nothing to do with it. Due to the elimination of the large date, the 1815 Chronograph has significantly lost case thickness compared to the Datograph - from 12.8 mm to 10.8 mm, which makes the 39.5 mm 1815 Chronograph feel very comfortable on the wrist. At the same time, the caliber L951.0, the movement of the 1815 Chronograph, which is essentially a stripped-down version of the Datograph's caliber L951.1, has completely retained its advantageous appearance on the back - one of the undisputed advantages of the Datograph, which has thus been inherited by the 1815 Chronograph. For all these reasons, langepedia.com, the definitive independent source for Lange watches of the modern era, considers the 1815 Chronograph to be the ideal watch for chronograph enthusiasts.

REASONS TO BUY

Since 2004, the brand has launched three generations of the 1815 Chronograph. The first generation, characterized by the original caliber L951.0 and the pulsometric dial, comprised the two references 401.026 in white gold and 401.031 in rose gold, both with white silver-plated dials. Production of the first generation was discontinued in 2008 and the second generation was introduced in 2010. In addition to the design update, which mainly affected the dial, which lost the pulsometer scale and received a new layout with larger counters, the second generation of the 1815 Chronograph is equipped with an upgraded caliber L951.5. Compared to the previous caliber, the power reserve has been significantly increased, from 36 to 60 hours, and the number of parts has been reduced from 320 to 306. The updated L951.5 also features an in-house free-sprung balance wheel and a hairspring that is also manufactured in-house. However, the most valuable asset again remained almost unchanged - the appearance of the caliber on the back. This model was produced in only two versions: Ref. 402.026 in white gold and Ref. 402.032 in rose gold, both with a white silver-plated dial. The second generation was discontinued in 2014. The third generation was launched in 2015 with the 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition (Ref. 414.026) in white gold with blue markings on the white dial, which returned to the original scheme with an attractive inclined outer ring with logo and pulsometer scale. The case thickness has increased almost imperceptibly to 11 mm, while retaining the comfortable proportions of the case.

In 2017, A. Lange & Söhne introduced perhaps the coolest wrist chronograph Lange has ever created - the 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028 (the present watch), which has a clear military style influence. The white gold watch has a black dial with vertically aligned white Arabic numerals. Please note that Ref. 414.028 is the first version of the 1815 Chronograph with a combination of white metal and black dial.

ABOUT THIS WATCH

The 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028, representative of the third generation of the 1815 Chronograph, is considered one of A. Lange & Söhne's most charismatic and sought-after chronographs due to its clear military style influence. The unique combination of the classic chronograph complication with flyback function, jumping minute counter and large date cemented A. Lange & Söhne's reputation as a leading master of modern chronograph wristwatches. The caliber L951.1 of this watch can be regarded as one of the most beautiful chronograph movements of modern times, with outstanding quality in the finishing of the parts. The fine finishing of the movement’s parts and its exquisite and obviously very complex design will impress the heart of any connoisseur, and A. Lange & Söhne’s reputation in these areas should be recognized as impeccable.

The hand-wound caliber L951.5 of this watch is manufactured according to the traditional pattern of a high-end chronograph from Lange and features a lateral clutch, control via a column wheel, a jumping minute counter and a flyback function. Particularly noteworthy are the orchestrated shapes and the high-quality finish of the numerous steel levers, the flat steel springs and the bridges made of untreated nickel silver, which has been given a beautiful gold-grey patina. The list of fine design details continues with four jewels in gold chatons attached with blued screws - a typical high-end feature for Lange wristwatches and pocket watches. Among the assets of the caliber L951.1 are undoubtedly the large balance wheel with regulating eccentrics and a hairspring with Breguet overcoil, beautifully curved parts, especially the chronograph intermediate wheel lever, which has polished chamfers with sharp inner and outer corners, and the steel parts with black polish – these are the caps of the escapement wheel and fourth wheel pivots, a column wheel and a few others. The gold chatons are also highly polished. Overall, the meticulous finishing with straight grinding, Glashütte stripes, perlage, blued screws, polished chamfers, a swan-neck micrometer regulator, engraved and gilded inscriptions in addition to those already mentioned make the movement one of the best in its category, while the traditionally hand-engraved balance cock makes the watch one of a kind.  


SPECIFICATION

D=39.5
DialBlack
GlassSapfire glass
REF:414.028

DELIVERY & RETURNS

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from Switzerland or Europe, your watch will be sent the same working week. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working week.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on the choice of courier and destination.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

WARRANTY

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.

Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new.

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