A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled a unique collection of watches as a tribute to its founder, Walter Lange. Exactly 262 watches of the “1815 Homage to Walter Lange” will be released, and made available only in precious metals.This limited edition timepiece will debut in January 2018.
It features a stoppable jumping second’s hand that bears similarity to the 150-year-old invention conceived by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The jumping sweep second’s hand was first demonstrated in a masterpiece crafted by his grandfather, Emil Lange. A patent was granted to A. Lange & Söhne in 1877 for the enhanced design of a mechanism mounted on the three-quarter plate, and was referred to as a “one-second movement with a jumping hand”.
With a case diameter of 40.5 millimetres, the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” comes in three editions: 145 watches in white gold, 90 in pink gold and 27 in yellow gold. One more 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” will be produced – in stainless steel. Fitted with a black fired enamel dial, this will be amongst the few steel wristwatches by Lange ever made. The steel piece will be sold later in 2018 at an auction, with all proceeds going to charity.
The blued steel hands contrast well against the argenté-coloured dial with the classic railway-track minute scale. The movement has a special calibre designation: L1924. It refers to Walter Lange’s birth year.