HIGHLY COMMENDED: Luxury Watches of the Year, A Lange & Sohne 1815 F.A. Lange Anniversary

ALS 1815 honey gold

Lange’s 200th Anniversary timepiece celebration of its founder’s birthday was too successful for its own good.

The limited edition platinum watch with inky black dial was released earlier this year in a run of just 200 pieces and later spawned a second version, again in 200 pieces, but this time encased in the Glashutte manufacturer’s proprietary Honey Gold.

While the warmth of the alloy is a major part of the watch’s appeal, it’s the fine grain texture of the solid silver argente-graine dial that won our hearts.

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Look beyond the precious metal appeal of the case and the timepiece is powered by an exquisitely decorated handwound movement with 55 hour power reserve, the traditional Glashutte contrast between red jewels and blued screws holding its gold chatons in place and hand engraved balance cock. A beautiful example of incredibly complex watchmaking technique employed to produce a delightfully clean watch.

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