Enamel Beauty —
— 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.