Introducing the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with Enamel Dial

Hacking, zero-reset tourbillon and a red "12".

Originally introduced in 2014 as the entry-level tourbillon from A. Lange & Söhne, the 1815 Tourbillon harks back to the Tourbillon Pour le Merite, the very first tourbillon wristwatch from the German watchmaker and one of its most significant watches. The 1815 Tourbillon was subsequently given the elaborate Handwerkskunst treatment, and now a simpler, but still handcrafted, dial in vitreous enamel.

Classically dressed with blue steel hands, the dial is fired white enamel, done a copper base. All the markings on the dial are printed in enamel paint and fired separately, once for the lettering, black numerals and minute track, and once for the red “12”.

Lange 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial platinum 2

Intended for the wearer to swiftly orientate the watch, the red “12” is often found on historic timepieces of all stripes, but more importantly it was a feature on the Langematik Anniversary, a limited edition introduced in 2000. Now a desirable collectible that sells for a significant premium on the secondary market, the Langematik Anniversary also had a white enamel dial, albeit one with Roman numerals.

Lange 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial platinum 1

Like the Langematik Anniversary, the new 1815 Tourbillon has a platinum case, which remains the same 39.5mm as the standard model. But at 11.3mm, it’s slightly thicker than the stock version, with added height to the bezel to accommodate the dial (as enamel is thicker than a standard silver dial).

Lange 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial platinum 3

Mechanically it’s also identical to the standard model, with the L102.1 movement inside. It’s hand-wound with a 72-hour power reserve, distinguished by two features when the crown is pulled out to set the time. One is the hacking tourbillon, thanks to a Y-shaped lever that stops the carriage. The second is the zero-reset seconds, which means the seconds hand flies back to the 12 o’clock position.

Lange 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial platinum 5

The zero-reset seconds is yet another nod to the Langematik Anniversary, which was equipped with the first Lange movement to incorporate the feature. Back then the calibre was also known as the Sax-O-Mat, a reference to the zero-reset (hence the “O”) and automatic winding.

Lange 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial platinum 6

The hacking mechanism is partially visible to the left of the tourbillon cage.

Price and availability 

The 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial (ref. 730.079F) is a limited edition of 100 watches that will be available at A. Lange & Söhne boutiques as well as retailers, starting September 2018. It’s priced at €198,000, including 19% German tax. That’s equivalent to US$232,000.


 

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Panerai Introduces Entry-Level Radiomir Logo with In-House Movements

The PAM 753 and PAM 754 with P.6000.

Having come off a decade when it was one of the hottest brands in the world, Panerai has now returned to the trenches with simpler, more affordable watches, led by a recently installed chief executive. That direction is exemplified by its two latest launches, which package Panerai’s signature style with an in-house movement and accessible price.

Positioned as the most affordable watches in the line-up – explaining the Panerai “OP” logo at six o’clock – the Radiomir Logo (PAM 753) and Radiomir Black Seal Logo (PAM 754) are both equipped with Panerai’s own cal. P.6000. The equivalent models in past catalogues were powered by a Unitas-based calibre, the OP XI. In contrast, the P.6000 is in-house, and though also loosely derived from the same Unitas, has upgraded functionality and construction, most notably with a longer, 72-hour power reserve.

Both are priced around €4000, or below US$5000, not much more than the earlier generations of the same model that had Unitas movements.

The Radiomir Logo 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00753) is steel, 45mm in diameter and rated to 100m. It’s hand-wound with a solid, screw-down back.

Panerai Radiomir Logo PAM 753 2

Panerai Radiomir Logo PAM 753 1

The Radiomir Black Seal Logo 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00754) is differentiated with the addition of a subsidiary seconds at nine o’clock, but is otherwise identical in size, specs and movement.

Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Logo PAM 754 2

Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Logo PAM 754 1

Price and availability 

The Radiomir Logo 3 Days (PAM00753) is priced at €3900, or S$5,700.

And the Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days (PAM00754) is €4200, S$6,200. Both will be available in Panerai boutiques and retailers starting August 2018.


 

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