HANDS-ON: Saxony at its most serious – UK Cheap Replica A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down

Even though there’s no doubt that the darlings of A. Lange & Söhne’s lineup are the more contemporarily styled pieces like the Lange One and the Zeitwerk, there’s still a place for deeply traditional design the catalogue of Glashütte’s favourite son – and that’s the 1815 collection.

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Named for the year of founder Ferdinand A. Lange’s birth, the 1815 family of watches takes as its inspiration early marine chronometres. First developed in the 18th Century, these ship-bound timepieces were extremely accurate, and a vital tool in navigation. And while the design isn’t what we’d associate with tool watches these days, make no mistake, legibility and reliability were the name of the game. It’s logical that Lange, those masters of function and style, adopt this distinctive look as the trademark for their 1815 collection. With the blued sword-style hands, railroad minute track (with the brand’s distinctive triple dot at the cardinal points) and the ornate, Jugendstil numerals the luxury fake A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down would look just as stylish in 1915 as it does today.

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For me though, the most charming feature of this watch is the bottom-heavy subdial layout, a sure sign (if any were needed from Lange) that the L051.2 movement definitely isn’t an off the shelf ebauche. And while the right-hand dial displays the running seconds, it’s the Auf/Ab indicator on the left that is the soul of this watch. If your deutsche is up to scratch (or you’re just observant), you’ll have worked out that Auf/Ab means Up/Down and that this is a power reserve read out, showing off the 72 hour power reserve. Aside from adding balance to the dial, the inclusion of the power reserve indicator again harks back to the time when this sort of watch was a critical tool, and knowing when it was about to stop telling the time was serious business. Sale Replica A. Lange & Söhne Watches Online UK.

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These days it’s less crucial, but there’s no doubt the 1815 Up/Down looks the business – it’s a serious, sober watch, the sort of timepiece the mountains of Saxony have been producing for centuries. There’s no reason you couldn’t dress it down a little, but to really make that pink gold case shine, wear it with a suit.
Cheap Repllica A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down Australian pricing

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down, in pink gold on a pin buckle, $33,200

UK Replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch

Having the opportunity to analyse new watches of this calibre is really quite something. A. Lange & Söhne have a long and rich history of watchmaking excellence that has been compounded over the past decade. With the SIHH 2016 release of the cheap replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watches, the Glashütte-based manufacture has combined the show-stopping complications of two of their previous Grand Lange watches.

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Seeing a new piece that literally integrates the selling points of previous models is quite unusual. You might wonder how the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch reflects on its forerunners, but given there will only be 200 pieces of this exceptional piece made available, it seems like there won’t be enough to go around in any case.

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We débuted the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen watch way back in December 2012, when it first came out (check out the article here). In that model, we saw the big date for which A. Lange & Söhne is so renowned glow in the dark for the first time. One year and one day later, we went hands-on with the UK fake A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase watches (see that article here). With that release, A. Lange & Söhne débuted a moon phase complication that dominated the main dial at nine o’clock. Two years down the road, and the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch adds that celestial dance to the largely unchanged dial of the Lumen, and ensures it marries aesthetically by bringing it to life in the dark.

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Obviously, one of the key aspects of this watch is the fact so many of its elements are luminous. This is kind of a weird selling point for a watch of such high horological integrity. I am addicted to good quality luminant and adore A. Lange & Söhne watches, but I’d never really thought the two went together like strawberries and cream. But it seems I was wrong. Sure, the green tint of the luminant does give this A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch a much more modern appearance than its truly classical contemporaries, but just because it is different doesn’t mean it is bad.

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The effect of the glowing big date is incredibly satisfying, and the starry scene of the moon phase enlivens the whole face the second the lights go out. Normally, A. Lange & Söhne would use gold moonphase discs, but not on this watch, The moon phase disc is made of lume-backed glass, which is then coated via a patented process that effectively turns the surface of the glass black. The disc is then passed under a laser beam that accurately cuts-out 1164 stars and the moon to create this heavenly vista. And it doesn’t just look awesome: once it has been set-up, the moon phase will only need correcting by one day every 122.6 years.

When analysing a watch of such visual interest, it’s almost possible to overlook the quality of the underlying calibre. The extremely wearable 41mm platinum case of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch houses the in-house L095.4. The L095.4 is an elaborately finished calibre with a three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing. The large top plate of this manually-wound movement is studded with seven screwed gold chatons. A screw balance with a free-sprung hairspring guarantees superb accuracy. The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days), features 446 parts, 45 functional jewels, and an operating frequency of 21,600vph.

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Made of blackened silver and black tinted, semi-transparent sapphire-crystal glass, the dial of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch is a fantastic muted backdrop to the excitement of the complications at work. The resulting appearance is, in my opinion, one of the sportiest ever seen from A. Lange & Söhne. The special coating applied to the glass blocks most of the visible light but dos not prevent the luminous elements behind the glass from charging. This is particularly important for the ‘tens’ cross that is responsible for the first digit of the date, displayed through the ample aperture at one o’clock.

Most people recognise the big date windows for which A. Lange & Söhne has become known, but fewer appreciate how the effect is achieved. Using two date discs that are not centrally mounted presents a challenge A. Lange & Söhne have solved in a very cool way. Thanks to the semi-translucent sapphire dial of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch we can see exactly how this optical illusion is performed. Rather than using two discs to indicate the big date, UK replica A. Lange & Söhne watches use one disc (for the second digit) and one cross (printed with 0, 1, 2, and 3). This enables the close bunching of the numbers and the crisp separation between the disc and the cross (two discs presenting two numbers so closely set, would have resulted in at least a little overlap).

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I think that the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch is a really exciting addition to the range. They’ve thrown out the form book and started afresh with this piece. By utilising glass and luminant for the moon phase disc instead of gold as they would have done traditionally, they’ve changed the aesthetics drastically. The result is a spectral and sporty piece that uses tiny flashes of colour (such as the red/orange of the power reserve indicator at five o’clock) to excellent effect. The only negative I can muster is that it is a little expensive for a watch of this general mien. The exact fake A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watches comes in at a price of €69,600. It’s certainly something different from this storied brand, and could be paving the way for more of the same. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that that’s the case.