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A. Lange & Söhne releases pre-SIHH Handwerkskunst model


A. Lange & Söhne’s presented its new 1815 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst model ahead of the international trade show, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), set to be held in Geneva by January 2016.

The new model is presented by the brand’s Saxon manufactory, and is limited to 30 pieces only. It also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the its founder’s birthday.

Handwerkskunst is German for “artisanship”, and has been a term used by the brand since 2011 to identify special limited-edition watches, but not any limited-edition model is distinctive enough to earn that status, only those featuring authentic and impressive craftsmanship do.

In this case, the 1815 Tourbillon features finissage and engraving techniques on the dial and movements’ distinctive decorations that make It stand out from previous tourbillon models.This is the fifth Handwerkskunst edition presented by A. Lange & Söhne.

Moreover, the new Handwerkskunst merges two patented mechanisms; the Zero-Reset function, first launched in1997 and the stop-seconds device for the tourbillion, introduced in 2008.

Merging these two functions allows the timepiece’s owner to stop and set the watch with one-second accuracy, and ultimately better time precision.

Aesthetically, this Handwerkskunst model comes in a 39.5mm pink-gold case, and one striking difference between the new model and its predecessor from 2014 is the dial.

The new dial is created from black rhodiumed pink gold that is decorated with tremblage engraving.

To reach such the final result, the engraver sculpts the material with a special lining burin in order to achieve a uniform, fine granular structure.

Afterwards, the relief element on the dial, such as the brand logo and the numerals, are polished to a mirror gloss, to prominently contrast and appear on top of the darker background.

The large one-minute tourbillion appears at six o’clock; it’s bridges and the upper parts of the cage are polished in black, showcasing the artisan techniques.

The watch featured a 72-hour reserve power. It is available in a leather brown crocodile strap.


First published on Aficionado, sister publication of Luxurymena.

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