A Lange & Söhne

A Lange & Söhne’s 1815 Rat­tra­pante Per­petual Cal­en­dar Handw­erk­skunst is a mark of true crafts­man­ship.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Contents -

Grand art.

First seen at the Geneva Sa­lon in 2013, the ini­tial it­er­a­tion of the 1815 Rat­tra­pante Per­petual Cal­en­dar gar­nered con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion in the horol­ogy com­mu­nity and was seen as a tech­ni­cally and aes­thet­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated com­pli­ca­tion At the Grand Prix d’Hor­logerie de Genève in that same year, the watch not only won in the Grand Com­pli­ca­tions cat­e­gory, but also walked away with the Pub­lic’s Choice Award.

This year, the Handw­erk­skunst edi­tion, the sixth model of the 1815, chal­lenged the fin­ish­ers, the en­gravers and the enamel artists to raise the op­u­lence and the tech­ni­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion to a whole new level. En­no­bled with spe­cial dec­o­ra­tive tech­niques, the move­ment stands out with a unique com­bi­na­tion of a split-sec­onds chrono­graph and a per­petual cal­en­dar with a moon-phase dis­play.

This is the first model to com­bine enamel art and en­grav­ing on its dial. Solid white gold is lay­ered be­neath the deep-blue enamel show­ing off the stars on the moon-phase dis­play. The Ara­bic nu­mer­als are flush with the enamel and com­ple­ments the rhodi­umed white-gold hands of the time, the cal­en­dar and the pow­er­re­serve in­di­ca­tors.

These el­e­ments con­trast exquisitely with the four re­cessed sub­sidiary di­als in ar­genté- coloured white gold. The chrono­graph hand of­fers an es­pe­cially dis­tinc­tive colour ac­cent crafted from gold-plated steel. The dial is framed by an ar­gen­té­coloured flange ring with a tra­di­tional rail­way-track minute scale.

With only 20 pieces avail­able, the 1815 Rat­tra­pante Per­petual Handw­erk­skunst is one of A Lange & Söhne’s stand­out cre­ations.


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