“All we had was the vision of once again crafting the world's best watches in Glashütte.“

Walter Lange

Honouring a committed life

To commemorate the company founder Walter Lange, who passed away in January 2017, A. Lange & Söhne has extended the 1815 watch family with one unusual timepiece:

1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”

REFERENCE 297.078

The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” has a stoppable jumping seconds hand, which dates back to a 150-year-old invention by his great-grandfather Ferdinand Adolph Lange.

A unique timepiece

The 40.5-millimetre case of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” is made of stainless steel. This single piece features a black enamel dial inspired by the design of historic pocket watches with the traditional railway-track minute scale and polished hands.

The newly developed movement carries the special calibre number L1924. This refers to Walter Lange’s year of birth. In addition, the first three numbers of the reference number, 297, cite his date of birth, 29 July.

 

As unique as the man whose name it carries

With this, the new timepiece corresponds to what Walter Lange might have imagined as a perfect timepiece: Externally, it is reduced to the essentials, but, on the inside, it presents something special – a simple but technically exciting complication.

To honour Walter Lange’s passion for craftsmanship, his pioneering efforts and his never-ending pursuit of perfection, the stainless-steel 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” is to be auctioned off for a charitable cause on the 13th of May 2018.

In the weeks to come, Phillips will offer collectors and aficionados the opportunity to take a closer look at the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”, along with other pieces to be auctioned, at the following cities as part of an international preview tour:

Charged with history

In addition to the unique steel version of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”, limited editions will be available in yellow, white and pink gold. The unusual limitation numbers refer to important dates in the manufactory’s history: 27 years ago, in 1990, Walter Lange founded his company – exactly 145 years after the pioneering achievement of his great-grandfather.

REFERENCE 297.021 Limited to 27 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.032 Limited to 90 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.026 Limited to 145 timepieces

“There's something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.“

Walter Lange

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