A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Enamel
Watch & Bullion16 July 2018 | 2 min read
Do you know the kind of guy whose life seems so eerily good it makes you question yourself? Not only does he have a great job, he’s good looking and seems unnaturally happy with his life. And the worst thing is he is nice too, leaving you with nothing but your competitive urge creeping up again. This kind of guy is the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial Limited Edition, a watch so good it leaves everyone but those who wear it feel like they stand in its shadow.
The normal 1815 Tourbillon is already amazing watch by any standard. Introduced back in 2014 it set itself apart not only by virtue of the Lange standard of finishing but also by the zero-reset mechanism. This means that when you pull the crown out the seconds hand will always reset itself to zero and stop there, allowing for a precise setting of time. While some might say this is not particularly useful, I feel it fits the theme of the watch perfectly. After all, it can be argued that a tourbillon in the first place is not very practical, but the perfectionists of the world will appreciate it nonetheless, and I am sure that same group of people will appreciate the zero-reset mechanism.
The enamel dial edition uses the exact same L102.1 hand-wound movement with the 72-hour power reserve. It also uses the same 39.5 mm case. It is however ever so slightly thicker than the normal version at 11.3 mm, and that is due to the name giving enamel dial. Lange states that the inspiration for its use came from their old pocket watch, through which they wanted to bridge the connection between their roots and their modern capabilities. At $197,200 it is no bargain, but I would argue for the quality and craftsmanship the price is fair. This model will be offered in Platinum in a limited series of 100 pieces.