“All we had was the vision of once again crafting
the world's best watches in Glashütte.“

Walter Lange

Honouring a committed life

To commemorate the company founder Walter Lange, who passed away in January 2017, A. Lange & Söhne has extended the 1815 watch family with one unusual timepiece:

1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”

REFERENCE 297.078

The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” has a stoppable jumping seconds hand, which dates back to a 150-year-old invention by his great-grandfather Ferdinand Adolph Lange.

A unique timepiece

The 40.5-millimetre case of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” is made of stainless steel. This single piece features a black enamel dial inspired by the design of historic pocket watches with the traditional railway-track minute scale and polished hands.

The newly developed movement carries the special calibre number L1924. This refers to Walter Lange’s year of birth. In addition, the first three numbers of the reference number, 297, cite his date of birth, 29 July.

 

As unique as the man whose name it carries

With this, the new timepiece corresponds to what Walter Lange might have imagined as a perfect timepiece: Externally, it is reduced to the essentials, but, on the inside, it presents something special – a simple but technically exciting complication.

The unique 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” in stainless steel has been auctioned off by Phillips for CHF 852,500 / US$ 852,414 / € 713,627 (hammer price, plus buyer’s premium) on 13 May 2018 in Geneva. This is the highest result that a Lange watch has ever achieved at an auction. „Our company founder Walter Lange, to whom we have dedicated this timepiece, would have been very happy about this result - so are we“, says Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid. All proceeds will go to Children Action. The Swiss-based aid foundation supports disadvantaged children all over the world.

Charged with history

In addition to the unique steel version of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”, limited editions will be available in yellow, white and pink gold. The unusual limitation numbers refer to important dates in the manufactory’s history: 27 years ago, in 1990, Walter Lange founded his company – exactly 145 years after the pioneering achievement of his great-grandfather.

REFERENCE 297.021 Limited to 27 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.032 Limited to 90 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.026 Limited to 145 timepieces

“There's something one should expect
not only of a watch but also of oneself:
to never stand still.“

Walter Lange

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