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— A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 Tour­bil­lon is notable for com­bin­ing two patented pre­ci­sion-keep­ing in­no­va­tions: a zero-reset mech­a­nism and a stop-sec­onds func­tion. In July, the Saxon man­u­fac­ture re­leased a lim­ited edi­tion of the pi­o­neer­ing time­piece with a new white enamel dial. e watch is lim­ited to 100 pieces, each in a num­bered plat­inum case mea­sur­ing 39.5 mm in di­am­e­ter and 11.3 mm thick – a smidgen thicker than the orig­i­nal 1815 Tour­bil­lon due to the dif­fer­ent dial ma­te­rial (gold in the orig­i­nal, cop­per with enamel coat­ing in the new model). e white enamel dial, whose craft­ing re­quires more than 30 man­ual pro­cesses, has the clas­si­cally un­der­stated de­sign of the 1815 col­lec­tion – blued steel hands, el­e­gant Ara­bic nu­mer­als, a rail­way-style min­utes track – made ex­cep­tional by the ad­di­tion of a large aper­ture at 6 o’clock, where a 1-minute tour­bil­lon cage ro­tates on its axis, sus­pended by a black pol­ished bridge. e nu­mer­als are black ex­cept for the sep­a­rately printed, red-fired nu­meral 12 – a nod to the his­tor­i­cal pock­et­watches that in­spired this col­lec­tion’s de­sign.

Inside the case and ac­ces­si­ble to the ad­mir­ing eye through a sap­phire case­back, is a man­u­fac­ture move­ment, the man­ual-wound Cal­iber L102.1, graced with numer­ous han­dap­plied, dec­o­ra­tive fin­ishes and el­e­ments of tra­di­tional Saxon watch­mak­ing. e three­quar­ter main­plate, made of un­treated Ger­man sil­ver, is el­e­gantly curved and cut out in a man­ner that en­ables the tour­bil­lon to be viewed from both sides of the move­ment and also al­lows views of the spring bar­rel and parts of the wheel train. e Cal­iber’s 262 com­po­nents in­clude 20 jew­els, one of which is the di­a­mond end­stone for the tour­bil­lon, set in a screwed gold cha­ton on the fourth­wheel bridge. Fully wound, the move­ment will run for 72 hours.

e A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tour­bil­lon with white enamel dial is mounted on a hand­stitched black al­li­ga­tor strap with a large de­ploy­ant buckle made of the same solid plat­inum as the case. e price is $197,200.

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