The coveted 1815 Chronograph by A Lange & Söhne returns to the spotlight in a divine black and white number. First introduced to the 1815 collection in 2004, this latest iteration will appeal to staunch admirers of classic designs with a contemporary twist.
Presented in a gleaming 39.5mm white gold case and paired with a solid silver dial in mesmerising jet-black, a closer look at the refined dial reveals several enticing details that will surely delight devotees of the Saxon watchmaker. This includes rhodium-plated gold hands for measuring the hours and minutes indicated in classic Arabic numerals, and a second sweep seconds hand in rhodiumed steel is used for the chronograph that comes equipped with a flyback function that allows it to be reset instantaneously with a press of the button at 4 o’clock. Compared to its predecessors, the subsidiary seconds dial at 3 o’clock and 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock of this model have also been slightly enlarged for better visibility.
This seemingly minor detail also serves to enhance the overall symmetry of the dial’s design, which is perfectly framed by the railway-track minute scale. A closer inspection of this outer ring will also reveal a nifty pulsimeter scale that can be used for determining one’s heart rate. To keep horologists on their toes, the watchmaker from Glashutte has also added a plethora of sublime details to the calibre L951.5 manually wound movement. Assembled and decorated by hand, a glimpse of this mechanical marvel will reveal a column wheel used to control the chronograph functions, the levers of the flyback mechanism and the snail of the jumping minute counter – all of which can be fully appreciated by observing the sapphire crystal caseback of the watch.