Only German watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne could create a watch that is both understated and overstated at the same time; the 1815 Tourbillon.
The 1815 Tourbillon
For those familiar with the German watchmaker known – and praised – for its fairly minimalist designs, the 1815 Tourbillon is more of an affirmation than an awakening. For those new to the brand however it is a gateway into a whole new, eye-opening way of thinking about watch design.
Ok, I am being perhaps a tad dramatic here but can you blame me? This watch is gorgeous! It draws every eye in the room and yet at the same time it manages to maintain a sort of subdued air about it that other brands can only hope to one day achieve. It seamlessly melds classic design with attention grabbing technical prowess all the while daring you to say it doesn’t look ‘complicated enough’.
The fact is however that the L102.1 mechanical movement in the 1815 Tourbillon is both wonderfully complicated and exceptionally well-executed, which is exactly why its prime feature – the tourbillon, of course – has been made so prominently visible on the dial side at 6 o’clock.
Now, I know you’ve seen plenty of tourbillon watches before, so many in fact that the spinning little mechanism probably doesn’t quite turn your head like it used to. And I’m not going to try and tell you that this one is any different than the rest, although it does feature stop seconds and zero reset functionality. Instead, I, like Lange & Sohne, am going to ask you to gaze upon its incredible beauty and simply appreciate it for what it is.
Sure the 1815 Tourbillon isn’t going to be the anchor of your burgeoning collection but with a perfectly sized 39.5mm pink gold or platinum case which measures just 11.1mm thick and a dial that turns heads everywhere it goes, you can be sure that it will be a hit to whatever special event you choose to wear it to.
Pricing for the 1815 Tourbillon is set at US$164,100 for the pink gold version and $201,300 for the platinum version, the latter of which is limited to just 100 pieces.
For more information on the 1815 Tourbillon please visit the official Lange & Sohne website.
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