Often, a distinctive style is created with only a few special hallmarks. Apart from iconic designs, the A. Lange & Söhne signature stands for mechanical ingenuity. It permeates all models of the 1815 watch family, and particularly the 1815 UP/DOWN launched this year. The timepiece, whose name stands for Ferdinand A. Lange’s birth year, melds the characteristics of a legacy that began in the early 19th century with contemporary horological know-how, resulting in a fusion of the arts honed to sleek perfection.
Connoisseurs do not even need to see the “A. Lange & Söhne” signature on the dial of the 1815 UP/DOWN to realise that they are looking at a Lange watch. A glance at the L051.2 manufacture calibre through the sapphire-crystal caseback would suffice. Apart from the three-quarter plate, details like the hand-engraved balance cock, the classic screw balance or the gold chatons secured by thermally blued screws are ample evidence. Decorated with solarisation, the winding mechanism wheels are reminiscent of the finissage that once graced high-end pocket watch calibres. The following images afford a closer look at some traditional Lange hallmark parts.