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A. Lange & Söhne 1815

A. Lange & Söhne launched the 1815 collection as a tribute to the brilliant founder of the company – Ferdinand A. Lange. It was precisely in the year 1815 that he was born. The company reflects on countless years of watchmaking tradition and renowned design that came about from his unyielding curiosity and inventiveness in the field of fine watchmaking.

All A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Watches

Ferdinand A. Lange

The man who brought watches to Glashütte

In the year 1815, The Congress of Vienna conferred, Napoleon was finally defeated at Waterloo, and Ferdinand A. Lange was born. It was he who founded the German watchmaking industry in the town of Glashütte in Saxony. Ferdinand A. Lange was born on February 18, 1815, in Dresden. Following the separation of his parents, Lange was taken in by family friends, whose prosperity allowed him to study at Dresden’s Technical University. While still in school, at the age of 15, Lange began a watchmaking apprenticeship with the distinguished court clockmaker Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. It was quickly discovered that Lange was skilled with precise craftsmanship.

Once he completed his internship, Lange moved to Paris, which was the capital of watchmaking at the time. There, he worked for the famous chronometer producer Joseph Thaddeus Winnerl and became a foreman in a prominent horological manufactory. But Lange was restless with his accomplishments and moved to England and Switzerland before finally returning to Germany in 1841. In 1842, he married the daughter of Gutkaes and also became a partner of Gutkaes’ company. Finally, in 1845, Lange established his own watch manufactory, which would later become celebrated far past Glashütte borders. On December 3, 1875, Ferdinand A. Lange passed away, leaving behind his watchmaking enterprise to his two sons, Richard and Emil.

The diversity of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection

A watch that writes history

The original 1815 model from A. Lange & Söhne embodies classic elements of watch design including faceted blue steel hands, Arabic numerals, and a railroad minutes track. The features appeal to the long tradition of A. Lange & Söhne and tell a tale of long standing tradition and a rich history. The case of the watch is optionally available in platinum, rose gold, and white gold. Furthermore, the leather bracelet perfectly complements the timeless essence of the timepiece.

The 1815 Chronograph sways enthusiasts of fine watchmaking. The timepiece combines traditional elements with advanced mechanics. The dial of the watch is tiered; as the centre dial and the seconds subdial are slightly sunken into the main dial, further adding depth to the overall design of the watch. The watch is fitted with a rich leather strap that complements the classic spirit of the timepiece.

Chronograph, Moon Phase, or Perpetual Calendar

Complicated watches from the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection

A distinctive 1815 model from A. Lange & Söhne is the Moon Phase in pink gold. The timepiece was presented in 1999 and was limited to 250 pieces. Despite its relatively young age, the 1815 Moon Phase has already attained remarkable prices at auctions.

Other impressive models include the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar that unites a split-seconds chronograph and a perpetual calendar. The 1815 Tourbillon evidently features the complicated tourbillon with a stop seconds and zero-reset. A. Lange & Söhne once again demonstrates superlative craftsmanship with their 1815 models. The complication watches come at a price however and are usually sold with a price tag that ranges above the 100,000 Euro mark.