A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph: Malaysia Price and Review

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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph
When A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 Chronograph made its debut in 2004, the watch’s high-performing Calibre L951.5 movement and brilliantly designed dial layout quickly made it a fan favourite of the brand. Last year we saw the 1815 Chronograph take on a clean execution with white gold casing and a black dial that saw many collectors praising the combo.

This year, the watch gets another upgrade with a pristine 18K pink gold casing featuring two versions—a black dial with pink gold hands and black alligator leather strap (top), and a silver, or argenté, dial with blued-steel hands and a red-brown alligator strap.

Compared to the Datograph, another chronograph within Lange’s fold, the 1815 Chronograph is a simpler and more straightforward execution both in aesthetics and build. Smaller in width with a 39.5mm diameter versus the 41mm Datograph, the 1815 Chronograph is also 1.5mm slimmer than the Datograph making it more appealing to those with slender wrists.

The new pink gold take endows the 1815 Chronograph with a warmer tone compared to the 2017 white gold version giving this latest piece a much more vintage feel compared to its more contemporary predecessor. The pink gold casing also increases the luxurious appeal of the watch, further increasing its value and while the previous version might have more contemporary fans, this execution will definitely draw wearers who seek something a little more regal and unique.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph
Both versions feature two sub dials with the 30-minute chrono register at three o'clock and the running seconds at nine o'clock. Adding to the watch’s classical appeal is the vintage pocket watch inspired peripheral pulsometer scale. Used by doctors for heart rate measurements, the scale is graduated by measuring the time it takes to count 30 heartbeats. For the 1815 Chronograph, the scale is graduated from 40 to 200 beats. When the chronograph gets activated, its hand will indicate the heart rate in beats per minute.

Flip the watch over and the sapphire caseback reveals the intricate Calibre L951.5 movement with next level detailing. All 306 parts of the movement are finished by hand. In full view are the nicely polished bridge angles, thin Glashütte stripes, blued screws, straight grained and bevelled chronograph levers with several gold chatons, sharp angles and a hand-engraved balance cock.

We love its slender build and simpler take in terms of its design aesthetics. When considering the high-end chronograph market, this timepiece definitely comes out on top for us.

Case

39.5mm 18K pink gold

Dial

Black or argenté

Movement

Manual-winding in-house Calibre L951.5

Strap

Hand-stitched black or reddish-brown alligator leather

Functions

Hours, minutes, subsidiary stop seconds, flyback chronograph with jumping minute counter and pulsometer scale

Power Reserve

60 hours

Price

RM196,000

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.



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