A. Lange & Söhne launched a one-of-a-kind incarnation of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH on the Concours of Magnificence this September, with plans to convey it to public sale in Geneva on the sixth November, by Phillips in Affiliation with Bacs & Russo. All proceeds from the sale of the distinctive timepiece (which includes a solid-silver dial and a hand-engraved hinged cuvette) will go to The Prince’s Belief, a youth charity arrange by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Launching at a high-calibre magnificence pageant
A. Lange & Söhne has been a associate of the Concours of Magnificence since 2018. This 12 months the occasion takes place from 2nd to 4th September within the grounds of Hampton Court docket Palace. The pageant not solely showcases uncommon vehicles but in addition unique mechanical timepieces crafted by A. Lange & Söhne. As such, the Concours of Magnificence gives the perfect backdrop for introducing a really particular watch: the distinctive model of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH with its hinged cuvette.
The Geneva Watch Public sale XVI
Following its high-profile introduction, the unique timepiece will likely be auctioned on 6 November 2022, benefitting the charitable organisation based by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Prince’s Belief was inaugurated in 1976 to assist younger individuals aged 11 to 30 in growing important life expertise, making ready for work, and accessing job alternatives. It’s a trigger near the guts of Wilhelm Schmid; the Lange CEO is satisfied that every youngster, no matter their upbringing and social background ought to have a good probability of self-fulfilment and a contented future. “We’re proud to have the chance to assist the necessary work of The Prince’s Belief” Schmid has mentioned.
Basic design and progressive know-how
The 1815 CHRONOGRAPH was first launched in 2004, displaying artisanal perfection and refined particulars, its design absolutely centered on optimised legibility. The dial boasts Arabic numerals, the railway observe minute scale and barely shifted subsidiary dials paying homage to the of A. Lange & Söhne’s historic pocket watches. The newest Hampton Court docket Version has been crafted solely for this 12 months’s Concours of Magnificence, providing a novel mixture of options.
A model new design
A white-gold case is complemented by a black dial with sandstone-coloured numerals and scales. The tachometer scale on the peripheral – which allows the calculation of common speeds – emphasises the historic connection between motorsport and time measurement, whereas the rhodié-coloured subsidiary dials for the small seconds and the minute counter additionally distinction effectively with the black dial. Rhodium case-matched gold palms mark the hours and minutes, with metal palms for the chrono seconds, the subsidiary seconds, and the minute counter.
Combining motorsport and time measurement
A hinged cuvette is hand engraved with the emblem of the Concours of Magnificence, concealing the Lange calibre L951.5 motion launched in 2010. Assembled twice, it includes a column-wheel management, a exactly leaping minute counter, and a flyback operate. The manually wound calibre has an influence reserve of 60 hours. A big cam-poised stability wheel pushed by a freely oscillating hairspring crafted in-house assures wonderful fee accuracy, and, with its frequency of 18,000 semi oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz), the watch shows stopped occasions to a superb accuracy of one-fifth of a second.
A novel piece of horology
A shocking sapphire-crystal case again gives a peek on the hand-finished chronograph mechanism, whereas a subtly organized selection of various supplies and floor decorations to spotlight the three-dimensionality of the open motion structure. By way of this, the complicated switching processes in addition to the artistically hand-engraved stability cock with Lange’s iconic whiplash spring may be seen. A small however fantastically embellished floral motif makes this a part of the motion recognisable as a Lange piece.
Lastly, the timepiece carries the engraver’s private signature and is accomplished by a black hand-stitched alligator leather-based strap, secured on the wrist, with a prong buckle in stable white gold.