Now into its third year, the annual Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong did not disappoint with its new horological offerings, writes Lydianne Yap
A. Lange & söhne 1815 “200th anniversary F A Lange”
First launched in 2013 as Asia’s answer to the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) that has taken place in Geneva since 1991, Watches & Wonders returned to Hong Kong for its third edition in September 2015. Organised by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), the four-day exposition saw guests from across the region flocking to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for the much-anticipated showcase of watchmaking savoir-faire.
As per previous years, the exhibition offered watchmaking workshops that gave visitors first- hand experience in assembling watch movements; in-depth lectures about industry trends; and a cultural exhibition. This is, of course, on top of the fair’s main highlight: The debut of new timepiece creations by the 12 participating fine watchmaking Maisons. From pocket watch minute repeaters and erotic complications, to highly artistic (and not to mention realistic) decorated dials, this instalment of Watches & Wonders definitely yielded some impressive pieces. And after last year’s less than smooth-sailing edition (in light of Hong Kong’s unfortunate state of political unrest during the show period), it appears that third time’s truly a charm. To celebrate the 200th birthday of its founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange, A. Lange & Söhne released a limited edition version of its 1815 timepiece earlier this year in platinum (previously only produced in pink, yellow and white gold), with a black dial. Now, the Saxon manufacture is offering yet another variant for this 200-units-only commemorative watch, with a honey gold case and solid silver argenté-grainé dial. Like previous pieces within the 1815 collection, it runs on the L051.1 calibre (left), which provides a power reserve of about 55 hours and a small seconds display at six o’clock.