A. Lange & Söhne 1815: A Look at the Prestigious German Watch Collection

Luxury watch brands are unbeatable in terms of the beauty of their timepieces. As opposed to watch brands like Casio or Luminox, which focus on crafting practical, robust utility watches, luxury watchmakers offer exquisite timepieces meant to elevate your glamorous style.

One extraordinary luxury watchmaker is the German brand A. Lange & Söhne. The brand is known for its classic luxury dress watches and expert craftsmanship with precious metals like gold and silver. Every timepiece from A. Lange & Söhne is extremely well-built, with sophisticated designs that are sure to turn heads at your next dinner event. Of all the watches in A. Lange & Söhne’s catalog, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection perfectly encapsulates the brand and its unique approach to luxury timekeeping. Read on to find out more about the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 and some of the best models it offers.

A Brief Background on the A. Lange & Söhne 1815

Ferdinand Adolph Lange - Founder of A. Lange & Söhne
Ferdinand Adolph Lange – Founder of A. Lange & Söhne

First launched in 1995, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 was introduced as a tribute to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, a legendary German watchmaker and founder of the A. Lange & Söhne brand. Lange was born in 1815, which is what the name of this collection is derived from. During the industrial revolution, railways became an important and extremely commonly-used form of transportation. Lange himself was a crucial part of this process. He crafted durable watches that were fit for travel, which provided extremely precise timekeeping that was essential to railroad workers.

As a homage to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 watches show off old-school designs that are inspired by Lange’s original railway watches. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 timepieces also notably incorporate the use of precious metals such as white, rose, and yellow gold, all of which are staples in the luxury watch market. With that being said, here are some of the most recommended models from the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 series.

7 Best-Selling A Lange & Söhne 1815 Models

1. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 White Gold Ref. 235.026

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 White Gold Ref. 235.026

First on the list is the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 White Gold Ref. 235.026. Despite its lavish white gold case, this timepiece is actually one of the more affordable models in the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 lineup.

This watch comes in a slender 38.5mm case made of 18K white gold and a lovely alligator leather strap in dark brown. The dial is made of solid silver and embellished with a polished argenté finish. This term, “argenté”, is used to describe a lighter silver hue that offers a particular shine compared to normal silver material. This allows the dial to better complement the gleaming silver-toned watch case. The dial itself has a very straightforward, almost minimalistic layout. It comprises Arabic numeral hour markers in a neat typeface, sweeping lancette hands made of blued steel, and a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock that is varnished with a sunray finish.

Underneath this exquisite watch face, you can find an in-house Caliber L051.1. This is a hand-winding movement that can last for up to 55 hours when fully wound. You can admire this movement in all of its glory through the watch’s transparent caseback. In addition, the screwed-down caseback also gives this watch its 30-meter depth rating, which is quite typical for a dress watch like this one.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Ref. 235.026 retails at just $27,300 USD.

2. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” Ref. 297.032

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" Ref. 297.032

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” Ref. 297.032 is one of the newer models in the 1815 collection. It was introduced in 2017, and as its name suggests, was created to pay tribute to Walter Lange. Yet another famous watchmaker, Walter Lange was the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Lange was the man who helped revive A. Lange & Söhne in 1990 after it ceased to exist in the aftermath of World War II.

This watch is presented in a 40.5mm case made of 18K rose gold, coupled with a brown alligator leather strap. On the right side of its case, you can find a stout crown, with a long stop pusher above it. The crown comes with deeply grooved edges, which provide wearers with a better grip so they can grasp and turn the crown more easily. The stop pusher, on the other hand, is used to control the watch’s small seconds chronograph.

Like the previous timepiece, this watch shows off a lovely dial with an argenté silver finish, which has a nice visual harmony with the rose gold case. It also follows a very similar layout, which consists of black Arabic numeral markers, blued steel lancette hands, and a minute track on the rim of the dial. It also has a small seconds chronograph counter placed at 6 o’clock.

Driving this watch is the in-house A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L1924. This hand-winding movement possesses an impressive power reserve of 60 hours. In addition, this movement is also equipped with a power reserve indicator, but this complication is not incorporated into the Ref. 297.032, which is a pity.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” Ref. 297.032 is a limited edition timepiece, with only 90 pieces available around the world. As such, this watch is quite exorbitant, with the price given upon request.

3. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Ref. 238.026

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Ref. 238.026

Another outstanding 2017 model is the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Ref. 238.026. Compared to the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Homage to Walter Lange Ref. 297.032, this timepiece is packed with a lot more complications. This renders it a highly practical timekeeper that offers a lot of utility, on top of being an elegant dress watch.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Ref. 238.026 is housed with a 40mm 18K white gold case, paired with a classic black alligator leather strap. Although its argenté silver dial is quite busy, the components of the dial are still neatly organized. This prevents the dial from looking too messy or hard to read.

This dial is adorned with Arabic numeral hour markers in black, blued steel lancette hands, and three sub-dials which are used to display the annual calendar. The sub-dial at 3 o’clock displays the months, while the one at 9 o’clock has an outer ring that shows the date, with day-of-the-week indicators near the center of the sub-dial. At 6 o’clock, you can also find a larger counter. This serves as both the small seconds sub-dial and the moonphase indicator, which takes the shape of a rich blue, starry display.

All of these functions are powered by the A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L051.3. This hand-wound movement provides an extended power reserve that lasts for up to 72 hours.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar Ref. 238.026 costs approximately $46,400 USD. Considering its refined style and all the complications it comes with, this is a true value-for-money luxury dress watch.

4. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028

In this entry, we have our first true chronograph watch from the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection — the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028. This watch also has a darker aesthetic that gives it a serious and more authoritative look.

This A. Lange & Söhne 1815 timepiece utilizes a 39.5mm 18K white gold case, along with a black alligator leather strap and a matching black dial. The dial face showcases a straightforward chronograph display. It contains Arabic numeral hour markers in silver, slender lancette hands, and two chronograph sub-dials for the 30-minute and 60-second counters. On the rim of the dial, you can find an internal pulsometer bezel. This cool old-school complication is used to help wearers calculate their heart rate per minute.

This watch runs on the A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L951.5. This is a hand-wound chronograph movement with a power reserve of 60 hours. Wearers can admire this movement at work through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Ref. 414.028 sells at around $60,000 USD.

5. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 425.050

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 425.050

Next up, we have the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 425.050. Aside from its intriguing Rattrapante feature, this limited edition watch is also notable for being a tribute piece to the brand’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The watch sports a 41.2mm case made of 18K honey gold, coupled with an alligator leather strap in a rich dark brown. This use of lovely, warm tones gives the watch a very soothing vibe that you simply love to look at.

The dial comes in jet-black and is adorned with Arabic numeral hour markers and lancette hands, both in honey gold, along with two chronograph sub-dials for the 30-minute and 60-second counters. The biggest selling point of this watch is its Rattrapante function, which is displayed as an extra seconds hand that overlaps the main set of hands. Also referred to as the double chronograph, this is a rare complication that allows wearers to record multiple different time intervals with the same start time but different end times. On the rim of the dial, you can also find an internal pulsometer bezel.

This watch is powered by the in-house A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L101.2. This is an unusual, robust hand-winding movement that possesses the Rattrapante complication and a 58-hour power supply.

As mentioned, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 425.050 is a limited edition with only 100 pieces available. This watch is priced at an exorbitant $134,100 USD, which is not surprising considering its inclusion of the exclusive Rattrapante feature.

6. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Ref. 421.025

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Ref. 421.025

Another rattrapante watch offered in the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 lineup is the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Ref. 421.025. As you might have guessed from the name, this timepiece does not just come with a Rattrapante function, but it is even equipped with a handy perpetual calendar.

This watch uses a 41.9mm case made of gleaming 950 platinum, along with a black alligator leather strap. It is a return to form, with its classic argenté silver dial. The dial is also filled with a wide array of components and complications. These include Arabic numeral hour markers, blued steel lancette hands, and an additional honey gold seconds hand for the Rattrapante feature.

Near the center of the dial, you can find four different sub-dials. The 6 o’clock sub-dial serves as both the small seconds counter and the moonphase display, while the 9 o’clock one indicates the date and day of the week. The month dial is placed at 3 o’clock, and finally, at 12 o’clock, is a 30-seconds chronograph counter.

Inside this impressive timepiece is the robust A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L101.1. This is an incredibly intricate hand-winding movement, made up of a total of 621 incredible components, with 211 components for the perpetual calendar and another 206 parts for the Rattrapante mechanism. It also offers a solid 42-hour power supply.

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Ref. 421.025 is an extremely expensive watch. Not only is it filled to the brim with useful and unusual complications, but its 950 platinum composition also adds to the value of this timepiece, since this material is worth even more than 18K gold. The price of this watch is available upon request.

7. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 239.050

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 239.050

Lastly, we have the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 239.050. Introduced in 2020, this is yet another watch crafted in homage to the father of A. Lange & Söhne. Discreet and elegant, this watch perfectly espouses the principles of simplicity and minimalism.

This A. Lange & Söhne timepiece comes in a thin 38.6mm case made of 18K honey gold and a rustic-looking alligator leather strap in brown, which gives the watch a more vintage aesthetic. The sector dial of this watch is made of enamelled copper, which gives it a pure, clean white finish. The layout of the dial is as simple as can be, with a style that is especially evocative of the minimalistic German Bauhaus watches. It is furnished with black Arabic numeral markers and sweeping lancette hands in honey gold.

This watch is also powered by the A. Lange & Söhne Caliber L093.1, a hand-winding movement that has an excellent 72-hour power supply. Both the thin case and movement make this watch very light, so you will not have any trouble toting it around all day. The underside of the watch is also sealed shut by a sapphire crystal caseback, through which you can observe the watch’s movement.

The price for the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Ref. 239.050 starts at $34,400 USD.

Final Thoughts

A. Lange & Söhne made a name for itself with its masterful craftsmanship of elegant luxury watches, and no collection encapsulates that as completely as the brand’s A. Lange & Söhne 1815 lineup. Filled with lovely timepieces that show off refined and sophisticated designs, this series is an extravagant showcase of A. Lange & Söhne’s expert watchmaking techniques, incorporating rare complications such as the perpetual calendar, annual calendar, Rattrapante, and more. If you want a luxury dress watch that truly offers something different, then you should definitely check out the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection.

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