A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst [NEW]
When A. Lange & Söhne released its perpetual calendar – the 1815 – in 2013, collectors fell over themselves trying to get on the waiting list. After four years on the market, there is still a sky-high waiting list, and to address the supply, the brand has unveiled a new-limited edition.
The 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst adds a dash or artistic panache to the impeccable engineering of Lange's artisans. It features a vibrant blue enamelled dial on a layer of engraved white gold, as well as a moon-phase subdial. And the decoration doesn't end there.
There's a hinged cover plate – called a cuvette – that portrays the goddess Luna in an engraved ring made of cloud-and-star patterned blue enamel. Lastly, the hand-would calibre L101.1 movement features bridges made from German silver and finished in an almost granular texture.
Aside from the decoration, the L101.1 remains unchanged when compared to its 'regular' model (one can hardly call the 1815 Rattrapante 'regular'), and still uses a pair of column wheels to control the split-second chronograph.
The perpetual calendar mechanism compensates for the duration of months – as well as leap years – which means the next time it will have to be set, is the year 2100.
The limited edition A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is limited to just 20 pieces worldwide. It's expected to sell at AED1.27 million (or 290,000 euros).
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