A. Lange & Söhne Unveils the Lange 1815 Chronograph in Black

A monochromatic take on Lange's pulsometer stopwatch.

The latest from A. Lange & Söhne is almost a black and white rendition of its popular 1815 Chronograph – a dial in black and silver combined with a white gold case. It’s not a novel look, but it is a good one.

Palette aside the 1815 Chronograph in black is identical to the earlier versions of the watch. The dial is solid silver, just like nearly all Lange dials, with a pulse rate scale on the periphery of the dial. Graduated for 30 heartbeats, the pulsometer was originally designed for a doctor or nurse to measure a patient’s heart rate conveniently.

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Lange 1815 Chronograph black dial 2

The white gold case is 39.5mm in diameter with the L951.5 movement inside. That’s the second generation Lange chronograph calibre featuring an extended 60-hour power reserve (compared to just 36 on the first generation) as well as a free-sprung, adjustable mass balance wheel.

Lange 1815 Chronograph Boutique Edition Pulsometer 10

Unlike the flagship Datograph, the 1815 Chronograph lacks a date function, which is why it is a relatively slim 11mm high.

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Price and availability 

The 1815 Chronograph in black (ref. 414.028) is priced at €49,000 or S$67,700. Unlike the blue and white version of the same, the black dial model is not a boutique-only watch. It is already available at retailers and boutiques.

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Longines Marks 90 Years of Charles Lindbergh’s Atlantic Crossing

With a remake of the watch Lindbergh himself designed, but in titanium and dressed in modern colours.

After Charles Lindbergh completed his transatlantic flight in 1927, turning him into perhaps the most famous pilot in history, the aviator designed the Hour Angle watch for Longines. Conceived for a pilot to calculate longitude during a flight, the original Hour Angle was a distinctive, oversized wristwatch that’s now valuable, selling for US$50,000 or more.

Several remakes of the Hour Angle have been produced over the years, but the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary is unusual. It’s a faithful replica of the origin in size and design, but with a twist: the case is titanium while the colour scheme is a contemporary black and silver.

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The case is 47.5mm in diameter, just like the original, but made of titanium, making it noticeably lighter than it looks. The bezel has a glossy black coating. Inside is the L699.2, an automatic calibre that is actually the ETA A07.L01, essentially a Valjoux 7750 with the chronograph mechanism removed.

An original from the Longines museum

Lindbergh’s sketch for the Hour Angle

A 1937 Lindbergh Hour Angle watch that sold at Phillips in Hong Kong for US$45,000 in May 2017

Price and availability 

Limited to only 90 watches, the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary (ref. L2.678.1.71.0) is priced at SFr5000 or S$7950.


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Breguet Opens Singapore Boutique at Marina Bay Sands

With a collection of exquisite vintage Breguet timepieces on hand.

Now bigger and better than before, the Breguet boutique recently reopened in another location inside Marina Bay Sands, the casino and resort complex by Singapore’s financial district.

Almost 1500 square feet, the store is clad in Breguet’s redesigned interior decor, the second in Asia to sport the new look. But not everything inside is new: taking pride of place in the front corner is a rose engine from 1905, the type of machine used to create traditional guilloche on watch dials.

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Guests at the opening looking at the rose engine

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Similarly, while the store carries the full range of contemporary Breguet timepieces, including prototypes of new launches from Baselworld 2017 like the Tradition Dame 7038, a half dozen strong historical collection is also on hand for the opening.

Breguet Classique ref. 7147

Breguet Marine Équation Marchante ref. 5887

On display till the middle of June, the historical collection includes pocket watch no. 2592, a quarter repeater made for the Turkish market in 1817 decorated in vivid red enamel with Eastern Arabic numerals on its dial.

Breguet Turkish pocket watch no. 2952

Breguet Turkish pocket watch no. 2952 dial

Also notable is montre a tact from 1799. Covered brilliant blue enamel, the “tactful watch” indicates the time with a diamond-set arrow on its outside, allowing the owner to feel the time inside his pocket so as not to offend his guests by taking out his watch.

Breguet montre a tact pocket watch

The Breguet boutique is located at:

#B2-236 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018972

This was brought to you by Breguet.

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