At the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” the 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR by A. Lange & Söhne received not one but two awards during a gala event held at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva on 15 November. The international 23-member expert jury selected it as winner in the category “Grand Complication”. For the first time in the history of the competition, a non-Swiss watch brand was honoured in this category. In addition, the watch, introduced at the beginning of this year, also received the competetion’s “Public Prize”. The 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR combines the technical fascination of a split-seconds chronograph with the enduring precision of a perpetual calendar that does not need to be corrected until the year 2100, and then by only one day.
Just a few days before, this exceptional timepiece had received the audience award in the highest category at the Munichtime watch exhibition. At both Munichtime and its sister event Viennatime, watch enthusiasts voted it the best watch in the group “Complicated Mechanics”. The SAXONIA AUTOMATIC also garnered two accolades: at both events it was the first choice in the category “Feminine Aesthetics”. And finally in Munich, the GRAND LANGE 1 “Lumen” was chosen as the contest-winner among classically elegant watches.
On 13 November, the “Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie” (FHH – Foundation for the Promotion of Fine Watchmaking) honoured Walter Lange in Lausanne with the “Hommage à la Passion” for his lifetime achievement. The jury comprising of 18 international watch experts praised him as “the man who engineered the fabulous reawakening of A. Lange & Söhne”.
In autumn, A. Lange & Söhne received further prizes in Mexico and Poland. At the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico City, the first prize in the category “Grand Complication” was awarded to Lange’s GRAND COMPLICATION, presented earlier this year. The brand’s most complex wristwatch of all times was declared winner, both in the disciplines “Complicated Watches” and “Watch of the Year 2013” at a competition organised by the watch portal Chronos24.pl in Warsaw.