A Lange & Söhne’s time­piece for the mod­ern gen­tle­man.

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The cov­eted 1815 Chrono­graph by A Lange & Söhne re­turns to the spot­light in a di­vine black and white num­ber. First in­tro­duced to the 1815 col­lec­tion in 2004, this lat­est it­er­a­tion will ap­peal to staunch ad­mir­ers of clas­sic de­signs with a con­tem­po­rary twist. Pre­sented in a gleam­ing 39.5mm white gold case and paired with a solid sil­ver dial in mes­meris­ing jet-black, a closer look at the re­fined dial re­veals sev­eral en­tic­ing de­tails that will surely de­light devo­tees of the Saxon watch­maker. This in­cludes rhodium-plated gold hands for mea­sur­ing the hours and min­utes in­di­cated in clas­sic Ara­bic nu­mer­als, and a sec­ond sweep sec­onds hand in rhodi­umed steel is used for the chrono­graph that comes equipped with a fly­back func­tion that al­lows it to be re­set in­stan­ta­neously with a press of the but­ton at 4 o’clock. Com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sors, the sub­sidiary sec­onds dial at 3 o’clock and 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock of this model have also been slightly en­larged for bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity. This seem­ingly mi­nor de­tail also serves to en­hance the over­all sym­me­try of the dial’s de­sign, which is per­fectly framed by the rail­way-track minute scale. A closer in­spec­tion of this outer ring will also re­veal a nifty pul­sime­ter scale that can be used for de­ter­min­ing one’s heart rate. To keep horol­o­gists on their toes, the watch­maker from Glashutte has also added a plethora of sub­lime de­tails to the cal­i­bre L951.5 man­u­ally wound move­ment. As­sem­bled and dec­o­rated by hand, a glimpse of this me­chan­i­cal mar­vel will re­veal a col­umn wheel used to con­trol the chrono­graph func­tions, the levers of the fly­back mech­a­nism and the snail of the jump­ing minute counter – all of which can be fully ap­pre­ci­ated by ob­serv­ing the sap­phire crys­tal case­back of the watch.

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