The watch’s manufacture movement, manual-wind Caliber L051.1, bears all the hallmarks of the classical Glashütte horological style, including the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, a hand-engraved balance cock, classical screw balance, whiplash spring, gold chatons to secure the bearing jewels, and thermally blued screws. The three-quarter plate, in particular, is a living symbol of F.A. Lange’s contributions to German watchmaking, invented in its current form in 1864 for the purpose of better stabilizing the overall movement.
The A. Lange & Sohne 1815 “200th Anniversary F.A. Lange” is delivered on a had-stitched black alligator leather strap with a platinum pronged buckle. Each watch bears an engraved series number (001 through 200) on the caseback. It will be priced at $33,500. Scroll down for more specs on the watch.
Movement: Lange manufacture Caliber L051.1; manually wound, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand; 188 parts; 23 jewels; lever escapement; shock-resistant screw balance; Nivarox balance spring with a frequency 21,600 vph; precision beat-adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring; 55-hour power reserve; 30.6 mm in diameter, 4.6 mm thick
Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop-seconds function
Dial: Solid black, silver, with rhodiumed gold hands
Case and strap: platinum case, 40 mm in diameter, 8.8 mm thick; sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness = 9) front and back; on black hand-stitched alligator strap with platinum prong buckle
It’s a beautiful watch and a nice design and size: but if it’s manual wind, why not a modern (larger) crown, to match the modern (40mm) watch size? For that matter, the watch could be a big seller with that simple and elegant design and size, even if done in stainless steel for the case, and without the solid silver dial and overly decorated movement.
But I suppose it will be exclusive at that price.