It’s pretty big news whenever A. Lange & Söhne release a new timepiece. Bigger still is the announcement that four new wristwatches will make their début at the upcoming haute horlogerie exhibition in Hong Kong. This will be the third such fair in the centre of the Asian market, and Lange deemed it an appropriate platform by which to launch their new collection, which includes the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph, because of the continent’s strong links to manufacture and the growing enthusiasm for high-end watches in the region.
Building on the success of its first two years, the haute horlogerie exhibition in Hong Kong, entitled Watches & Wonders, will run from September 30th to October 3rd, 2015. A. Lange & Söhne is the only brand of the twelve exhibitors that hails from Germany. For a country with such an admirable history in watchmaking, the brand carries a great deal of responsibility to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will host the event. Asia’s top connoisseurs should be in for a treat with four new novelties on show.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph will feature a pulsometer scale (often used by doctors in the past to determine the heart rate of patients) and a white gold case. The time will be indicated by way of rhodiumed gold hands and the chronograph distinguished by hands of blued steel. This exclusive chronograph will only be available in A. Lange & Söhne’s 16 boutiques worldwide. Aside from the exquisite materials used in the production of this watch, the most striking thing about it is its unusual colour scheme. With nothing but white, silver, and blue, this watch appears cold and clinical. A dash of red, as often seen on these old-fashioned dial designs (such as the recently released Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph, and the Mont Blanc Villeret of a few years ago), is commonly added to vitalize the dial. The result is a watch that looks boldly professional. Its colour palette would look at home on the wrist of a ward doctor, the clean lines and mien of the dial reflecting the sanitation of a hospital.
This year celebrates the 200th birthday of A. Lange & Söhne’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange. In 1845, the 30-year-old Lange set up shop in the Saxony region of Germany. The brand barely survived expropriation after the Second World War. In 1990, Walter Lange, the great-grandson of the founder, decided to relaunch the brand. Since then, it has enjoyed a huge revival, building its modern reputation on the cornerstone of exceptionally finished proprietary movements with interesting and usable complications. The decoration of Lange’s movements is well documented, and the painstaking process of hand assembly, strictly overseen.
In just 25 years, A. Lange & Söhne has re-established itself as one of the major players in the world of haute horlogerie. With a couple of iconic models (the Lange 1 and the Zeitwerk) in its arsenal, the brand is poised for future success if it is able to successfully woo the Asian market. This launch of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph along with the other new models aims to curry favour with those responsible for the burgeoning watch culture on the continent. Price for the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph is 49,000 euros. Also, check back with us for detailed coverage of the other new models soon. alange-soehne.com