HEY, HONEY

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - TIMEPIECES -

Nes­tled in the foothills of the Ore Moun­tains in Sax­ony, Glashütte is a sleepy town of about 7000 peo­ple. It’s also the birth­place of the Ger­man watch in­dus­try, and home to A. Lange & Söhne, a brand that ri­vals the best Switzer­land has to of­fer in terms of pres­tige and qual­ity. 2015 marked the 200th an­niver­sary of the birth of the brand’s founder, F. A. Lange. To cel­e­brate, the firm is re­leas­ing a se­ries of lim­ited edi­tion mod­els from its first col­lec­tion. One such watch is the 1815 in honey gold, a clas­si­cal, hand-wind­ing dress watch with the sort of sober good looks you’d ex­pect from a Ger­man watch brand.

We’ll for­give you if you’ve never heard of honey gold. The al­loy is used ex­clu­sively by A. Lange & Söhne in watch­mak­ing, and is char­ac­terised by its warm tone, which is some­where be­tween red and yel­low gold. It also con­tains a small amount of sil­i­con, which gives the watch a dis­tinc­tive shine and hard­ness, rem­i­nis­cent of plat­inum. It’s dif­fi­cult to con­vey just how spe­cial this gold looks in real life; the honey gold is un­der­stated and pale, less flashy than yel­low gold and not as bold as red. It pos­sesses a dis­creet charm per­fectly suited to this dis­tin­guished watch, which is lim­ited to 200 pieces. RRP $42,000

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