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