The first generation 1815 Chronograph was introduced in 2004 and it had a pulsometer dial. Six years later it was replaced with a cleaner dial, but now at SIHH 2018, the pulsometer 1815 is back, again.
If a watch brand unveils successive iterations of the same model, you know it’s a good seller. The new 1815 Chronographs follow the black on white gold 1815 Chronograph last year, and the white and blue version three years ago.
The new 1815 Chronograph in pink gold is offered with either a black or silver dial. A feature conceived originally for doctors for easy measurement of a patient’s pulse rate, the pulsometer occupies the outer section of the dial.
Of the two, the most striking is the inky black dial against the pink gold case, a combination that harks back the first 1815 Chronograph, with the only difference being the black counters here (while the original had silver sub-dials).
The second version is a new one, though familiar. It is the first time Lange is offering a silver pulsations dial with a pink gold case. Along with the blued steel hands, the watch does offer a lot of vintage appeal. On the first generation model, the silver dial was matched with a white gold case.
Dial and case colours aside, everything else remains the same. Its proportions are still 39.5mm in diameter, and 11mm in height.
Ditto for the mechanics. Inside is the cal. L951.5, a hand-wound, column-wheel and horizontal clutch chronograph equipped with a free-sprung, adjustable mass balance wheel and a 60-hour power reserve. And a fact worth savouring: the caseback offers the same view one would get with a Datograph.
Price and Availability
The 1815 Chronograph in pink gold, with either a black dial (ref. 414.031) or silver dial (ref. 414.032) is priced at €49,000. It will be available at Lange boutiques and retailers come April 2018.
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