Returning to Midtown Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 21-23, WatchTime New York 2022 is only a few days away with this seventh edition of the event set to be one of our biggest shows yet. The three-day horological event is dedicated to showcasing more than 30 participating watch brands and highlighting some of the most impressive novelties of the year. Among the brands joining the event is A. Lange & Söhne, which this year will be highlighting its 1815 Rattrapante in platinum. The incredible timepiece saw its launch this past July, with it following up on the original 1815 Rattrapante that saw its debut in 2020, then in the brand’s signature Honeygold material.
The new 1815 Rattrapante is the same in general design as the 2020 original, with its primary difference being its platinum case material and matching silver dial, these as compared to the original yellow gold case and black dial. On the wrist, the timepiece measures 41.2mm by 12.6mm, with its silhouette recalling familiar styles seen throughout the 1815 collection, and its extremely fine polished finishing matching the exceptional quality A. Lange & Söhne is known for. A pair of rectangular pushers flank the deeply knurled crown, while a third rests of the other side of the case to assist in the watch’s uncommon rattrapante complication.
On the solid silver dial, the watchmaker makes use of a light argenté finish, with a layered style being seen courtesy of a raised outer tachymetric scale. On the inner section of the dial, a vertically oriented pair of sub-dials balance the appearance— the lower indicating running seconds and the upper a 30-minute counter for the chronograph. Above these, blued steel dauphine hands showcase the running hours and minutes, while one blue steel and another rhodium pointer accompany the look and assist in tracking seconds elapsed for the rattrapante. A rattrapante is better known as a splits-second chronograph, and it helps the user measure multiple time intervals that begin simultaneously, for example laps on a track. While simple to understand, its one of the most complex and difficult to produce complications in mechanical watchmaking, and so its appearance in this model is to admired.
Powering the rare complication and the watch’s regular timekeeping is the A. Lange & Söhne calibre L101.2. The movement saw its first debut in the original 1815 Rattrapante, with it based on the watchmaker’s calibre L101.1. The manual-wind movement is comprised of 365 components with 36 jewels, operates at 21,600 vph, and has a 58-hour power reserve. The wonderfully warm-toned German silver plates, hand engraving throughout, blued screws, and all the other finishing touches are pure Lange. You can read more about Lange finishing, here.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante in platinum is limited to 200 pieces, with price available upon request.
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