A. Lange & Söhne Create ‘One-Of-A-Kind’ 1815 Chronograph Version

A. Lange & Söhne Create ‘One-Of-A-Kind’ 1815 Chronograph Version

A. Lange & Söhne will present a one-of-a-kind version of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH at the Concours of Elegance, taking place at Hampton Court Palace. 

This year’s event, will take place between the 2nd and 4th of September in the grounds of the historic Hampton Court Palace, former home of King Henry VIII. A. Lange & Söhne has been a partner of the Concours of Elegance since 2018 and provides the ideal backdrop to introduce a very special watch: the unique version of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH with a hinged cuvette.

This exclusive timepiece will be auctioned off on the 6th of November 2022 at the Geneva Watch Auction XVI for the benefit of The Prince’s Trust. The charitable organisation was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, supporting young people aged 11 to 30 to develop essential life skills, prepare for work, and access job opportunities. 

A.Lange & Söhne – The Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace 2018 – Photo: Ben Gierig

“We are proud to have the opportunity to support the important work of The Prince’s Trust.”

Wilhelm Schmid, CEO, A. Lange & Söhne 

Crafted explicitly for this year’s Concours of Elegance, the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH “Hampton Court Edition” stands out with a unique combination of features: For the first time, a white-gold case meets a black dial with sandstone-coloured numerals and scales. The tachometer scale on the peripheral – which enables the calculation of average speeds – emphasises the historic connection between motor sport and time measurement. 

The rhodié-coloured subsidiary dials for the small seconds and the minute counter contrast well with the black dial. Good legibility is also assured by the rhodiumed case-matched gold hands for the hours and minutes as well as by the rhodiumed steel hands for the chrono seconds, the subsidiary seconds, and the minute counter. The elegance of the concept is accentuated with a black hand-stitched alligator leather strap that is secured with a prong buckle in solid white gold. 

The selection of one of the most beautiful flyback chronographs for the “Concours Edition” also builds a bridge between motor sport and time measurement. The hinged cuvette, hand-engraved with the logo of the Concours of Elegance, conceals the Lange calibre L951.5 movement launched in 2010. It is assembled twice and features a column-wheel control, a precisely jumping minute counter, and a flyback function. The manually wound calibre has a power reserve of 60 hours. 

Technical Specifications:

1815 CHRONOGRAPH “Hampton Court Edition” Ref. 414.047 
Movement Lange manufacture calibre L951.5, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand 
Movement parts 306 
Jewels 34 
Screwed gold chatons 
Escapement Lever escapement 
Oscillation system Shock-resistant cam-poised balance; balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour, precision beat-adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring 
Power reserve 60 hours when fully wound 
Functions Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; flyback chronograph with precisely jumping minute counter, tachometer scale 
Operating elements Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, two pushers for operating the chronograph 
Case dimensions Diameter: 39.5 millimetres; height: 11.8 millimetres 
Movement dimensions Diameter: 30.6 millimetres; height: 6.1 millimetres 
Case 18-carat white gold, hand-engraved hinged cuvette, with the Concours of Elegance logo on the outside, limited-edition engraving “Unique piece” on the inside 
Dial Silver, black, subsidiary dials: rhodié-coloured; printed dial elements: sandstone-coloured 
Hands and appliques Hours and minutes: rhodiumed gold; chronograph hand, seconds hand, and minute counter hand: rhodiumed steel 
Crystal and caseback Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9) 
Strap Hand-stitched alligator leather, black 
Buckle Prong buckle in 18-carat white gold 
Limited edition One piece for The Prince’s Trust charity auction 

For more information please visit A. Lange & Söhne

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