My pride and joy

Feb 11, 2024,03:41 AM

I have more elaborate pieces but this one - the Lange 1815 Up/Down in pink gold - has remained my favourite over the years. This is the second generation model with a stepped 39mm case, slightly enlarged sub-dials and the little pop of red on the dial. I could never part with her.

I've read and watched many of the debates about the cohesion of the dial with part of the "6" missing on the simple 1815 three-hander. It has actually never worried me in the slightest: seconds sub-dials have most commonly been found at the 6-o'clock position in wristwatches - what I don't like is when they are placed too high, thus usually betraying that too small of a movement sits inside the case. However, if the fate of the "6" does trouble you on the simple 1815, then the Up/Down's dial geometry elegantly resolves it whilst also enhancing the apparent bilateral symmetry.

For me, whilst nicely balanced in their own right, the placement of the twin sub-dials also echos the 1815 Chronograph and so is particularly pleasing. And, of course, the core DNA of the 1815 dial is unimpeachable: the glistening printed numerals, the railway track and the little flourishes at the cardinals - and, most especially, those lush blued hands, here contrasting beautifully with the argenté dial and pink gold case. The flat-polished cannon pinions are an unexpected highlight on-wrist too - they reflect adjacent light and add a surprising sparkle each time it happens.

The power reserve complication has a rich provenance at Lange Uhren. Patent no. 9349 was granted to A. Lange & Söhne back in 1879 for a gangreserve in pocket watches. And, in 1940, Otto Lange earned Patent no. 732162 for an enabling planetary gearing mechanism between the plates of a pocket watch movement rather than stacking a module on top. Both are incorporated here.

And it's just a supremely useful complication amongst a collection of manually-wound watches!

The L051.2 caliber is particularly visually fetching too with its exposed winding train - that is probably the one element I have always missed on the simple 1815 as it stands in contrast to most Lange pocket watches; but it is present here (and also on the 1815 Annual Calendar). And of course, no less than seven screw-fixed gold chatons - what a delight!!

I took this photo an hour after I bought the piece - so it's mint fresh. I had just experienced curling the factory strap around my wrist and buckling it for the first time - y'all know that feeling...

Best regards,  aviya.

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 By: jpd : February 11th, 2024-05:32
I can relate to your sentiments. Enjoy it to the fullest.

Pure class!

 By: J K : February 11th, 2024-08:06

What a beautiful watch 😍 Wear it in good health!

 By: Watchlover42 : February 11th, 2024-13:26
I just added the brother in white gold to my collection. Both share the same typical Lange DNA and both are highlights on the wrist even being entry level watches of the brand! ...  

Thank you yacomino. That photo (by a window on a bright but cloudy day) did turn out rather well.

 By: aviya : February 12th, 2024-08:33
Fortunately, one's strap can be relatively easily changed.


 By: Watchlover42 : February 12th, 2024-16:36


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : February 12th, 2024-17:17

Thank you Watchlover42, and for your good wishes.

 By: aviya : February 12th, 2024-08:31
A magnificent piece yours! A shimmering ensemble with the white gold, blued hands and tan strap.

Love this one!

 By: TeutonicCarFan : February 11th, 2024-13:28
I think the 1815 line is delightful. Been thinking about the annual cal, in pictures the dial seems a nice silver, sometimes more matte finished 🤷‍♂️

Indeed TeutonicCarFan - I find it delightful too.

 By: aviya : February 12th, 2024-08:39
I'm caught betwixt and between with the 1815 Annual Calendar. A typically beautiful piece in the 1815 family I love the blued hands and the exposed winding bridge The three subdials are kind of "common" in their layout Even at 40mm, I can't read the date ... 

Thanks aviya!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : February 12th, 2024-11:56

Beautiful Lange.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 11th, 2024-15:20
This was my first Lange love, and remains a watch I desire. I have taken different, sometimes more complicated, directions with Lange but have not lost the desire for this one. Lots of fans, and owners, on this forum. Look forward to seeing more of yours.... 

Great writeup! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

 By: CR : February 11th, 2024-16:46
I think the popularity of 1815 Up/Down has increased over time. The standard 1815 got much more attention back in the days of the first generation 1815's, from what I recall. The addition of the stepped case was a thoughtful design element. Truncated or c...  

Thanks CR. I do like writing.

 By: aviya : February 12th, 2024-08:46
A beautiful piece yours - I had the Walter Lange homage in this generation (right at the end). I had a first-get 1815 three-hander too - the 37mm in PG. It was my very first Lange and cost USD8,200 and it had just gone up! A svelte piece with the original... 

A beautiful Lange!

 By: KCLQMULKU : February 11th, 2024-22:16

Thank you KCLQMULKU.

 By: aviya : February 12th, 2024-08:46

Congratulations on one of the nicest watches out there

 By: JLG22 : February 15th, 2024-02:23
Wear it in great health! Mine says hello from Canada 😃 ...