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A. Lange & Söhne celebrates the 200th Birthday of its founder F.A. Lange with a limited edition 1815 timepiece

by Nick Gould on February 18, 2015

On February 18, 1815 Ferdinand Adolph Lange was born.  In 1845 he set up the watch company  A. Lange & Söhne.  Today marks his 200th Birthday.

FA Lange

The founder: Ferdinand Adolph Lange

To celebrate the occasion A. Lange & Söhne has produced a limited edition timepiece. The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange”.  Only 200 pieces will be made.

1815 front

The 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange”

The watch has a 40 millimetre case which is made from platinum.  The dial made from solid silver is black in colour and features subsidiary seconds at the 6 o’clock position. It also features Arabic numerals and railway-track minute scale.  This look is based on the pocket watches that were made by F.A. Lange.

Viewable through the clear sapphire case back is the  L051.1 movement.  The three quarter plate is made of untreated German silver, and signature elements include the hand-engraved balance cock, the classic screw balance, the whiplash spring, the gold chatons that secure the bearing jewels, and the thermally blued screws.  A beautiful looking movement that is hand finished.

 

Movement

The L051.1 movement

On the back of the case, the serial number is engraved from 001/200 to 200/200 to identify each watch.

Back

Back of the watch featuring the limited edition serial number

It will retail for $31,500 Euros.

A very nice looking timepiece to celebrate the 200th birthday of F.A Lange.

Specifications from Press Release

1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” Ref. 236.049

Lange manufacture calibre L051.1; manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand.

Movement
188 Movement parts
23 Jewels
5 Screwed gold chatons
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillator: Shock-resistant screw balance; Nivarox® balance spring* with a frequency 21,600 semi-oscillatiofeatuns per hour, precision beat-adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 55 hours when fully wound
Functions: Time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds
Operating elements: Crown for winding the watch and setting the time
Case dimensions: Diameter: 40.0 millimetres; height: 8.8 millimetres
Movement dimensions: Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 4.6 millimetres
Crystal and back: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Case: Platinum
Dial: Solid silver, black
Hands: Rhodiumed gold
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather strap, black
Buckle: Platinum prong buckle

Limited edition
200 watches, engraved 001/200…200/200

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