The release slate of A. Lange & Söhne in 2022 so far has been a fantastic mix of sporty innovations, classic redesigns and high end horology. By which I mean we’ve seen their first titanium watch, a fresh take on the Grand Lange 1 and the Richard Lange Minute Repeater. Now though, they’re combining all three of those concepts into a single timepiece in the form of a classically styled, haute horological take on a sporty complication: the new 1815 Rattrapante Chronograph.
It’s an impressive watch to look at. A vertically stacked bi-compax chronograph layout consisting of a 30-minute timer and running seconds is set into a white dial that’s completed with effortless elegance by black numerals and a railway track minute scale.
All of which sits housed in a 41.2mm diameter platinum case. The classical aesthetic is furthered by blued steel hands for hours, minutes, the two subdials and one of the two central chronograph seconds hands.
There are two central chronograph seconds hands because the 1815 Rattrapante Chronograph has (ready to have your mind blown?) a rattrapante function. Also known as a flyback or split-seconds chronograph, a rattrapante has two chronograph hands that can be started in unison and stopped separately.
This enables the user to take specific timings during a longer event without resetting the whole complication – the most common example of which is taking lap times during a multi-lap race. For the 1815 Rattrapante the two hands have separate colours to make them easy to differentiate, the primary hand is rhodium plated and the flyback hand is the blue one.
Powering this haute horological complication is the A. Lange & Söhne manufacture movement L 101.2, visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback. It’s a manual movement with a 58-hour power reserve and double column wheel configuration to control the precise movements of the two chronograph hands.
As befits a titan of Saxon watchmaking, the bridges are made from untreated German silver and there are numerous gold elements. It’s decorated with straight graining to create the iconic Glashütte stripes pattern.
Unsurprisingly, the 1815 Rattrapante Chronograph is limited to 200 pieces. It’s a premier example of classic style blended with modern, German horology. However, between the platinum case, stellar calibre and limited production, it’s sure to have a weighty price tag.
Price & Specs:
- Model: A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Chronograph
- Case/dial: 41.2mm diameter x 12.6mm height, 950 platinum case with solid silver, argenté dial, tachometer scale bezel
- Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L101.2, manual winding, 36 jewels, 365 parts
- Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
- Power reserve: 58h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop seconds, chronograph with 30 minute counter
- Strap: Black hand-stitched alligator leather with prong buckle in 950 platinum
- Price/availability: POA, limited to 200 pieces