While working for watch brands before, I thought I had got broad and profound knowledge in this field, but until switching to watch magazine, I found out I was just a little, ignorant person in this vast world. Since then, I have fallen in love with A. Lange & Söhne, and have always been eager to visit their manufacture in Glashütte. At the end of last year, there was a great opportunity for me to have to peek at their brand-new Pre-SIHH collection, elite craftsmanship and to meet Mr. Walter Lange (who passed away in early 2017) in person. The Lange family’s mansion exhibited almost every offering of the renewed brand within the past twenty years. I was totally engaged to the Zeitwerk collection, but almost every collection is my favourite, especially its chronograph series.
As told by most renowned watchmakers, creating a beautiful chronograph movement is more difficult than making a tourbillon. Besides Patek Philippe and Minerva of Montblanc, A. Lange & Söhne also has the most stunning hand-wound chronograph movement.
Datograph is one of the most signature chronograph model in the brand’s history and even in the entire watch-making industry. Anyway, 1815 Chronograph is another piece that can be compared with Datograph. Since 2004, 1815 Chronograph has become a member of the 1815 collection, incorporating the classic design element of pocket watch - the minute railway track symmetrical to the sub-dial plate. In 2010, 1815 Chronograph is replaced with new hand-wound chronograph movement L951.5, with the frequency of 2.5Hz and 60-hour power reserve. Revealing the exquisite handcraftsmanship, the calibre is finely polished and adorned, not to mention the beautiful carvings on the balance wheel and bridge, flyback chronograph with precisely jumping minute counter and pulsometer scale. The traditional German watch-making elements are worth to be mentioned as well, like 3/4 plate, swan neck regulator and screwed gold chatons. Composed of a 39.5mm white gold case, this year’s brand-new 1815 Chronograph also includes the same hand-wound chronograph movement, yet with a black dial with silvered accents.
Datograph在品牌歷史上，甚至整個製錶工業上，是最為重要最為經典的計時腕錶之一，但其實1815 Chronograph也不遑多讓。從2004年開始，品牌為1815家族加入新的計時錶款1815 Chronograph，加入昔日袋錶的設計元素，例如火車軌分鐘刻度環 和對稱的sub-dial錶盤設計。到2010年，品牌為1815 Chronograph換上一台全新的手上鍊計時機芯L951.5，2.5 Hz擺頻，60小時動力儲備，機芯以全人手打磨和裝飾，擺輪夾板亦以手工雕刻上漂亮花紋；備飛返計時功能、跳分式計時和脈搏計刻度。還有傳統德國風格的製錶工藝，例如四分三夾板、鵝頸微調、黃金螺絲套筒等。今年推出的新款1815 Chronograph，同樣採用這台L951.5手上鍊飛返計時機芯，但就換上黑色純銀錶盤，襯以39.5毫米白金錶殼。