In the past years we have evaluated, what we consider to be the absolute best and generally beautiful, among chronographs. I’m talking about the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split and Datograph . Although these two chronographs are relatively ‘young’, they are already notable, and dearest, among authorities. Their plan is notorious – something that this German brand is by all accounts generally excellent at – and inimitable. That’s not because of what can be seen on the dial side, all the more so when turning the watch over, you peer into its beating heart you’ll be welcomed by a development that is absolutely staggering. After evaluating the strong Double Split (as it’s affectionately alluded to by gatherers) and the Datograph, we’re going to have a gander at their younger sibling, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph.
Yes, we called the 1815 Chronograph the DS and Dato’s younger sibling. To place things into point of view: there are 10 chronograph references in the assortment of this 25 year youthful brand, and the 1815 Chrono is the most affordable with a retail cost of simply finished € 43.000 Euro for the pink gold variant. Let’s immediately make clear that A. Lange & Söhne is a league apart, and they don’t have many companions. The development architecture of their chronographs is breathtaking, and the completing is of the greatest thinkable level. That being said, the 1815 Chronograph may be the least complex chronograph in A. Lange & Söhne’s assortment, anyway when comparing it to different chronographs out there, it is still one of the most noteworthy ones.
Due to the eliteness of the brand, there are not that many retailers – and just a hand-full of official A. Lange & Söhne stores – on the planet. During a new excursion to Amsterdam I deliberately visited one of two retail focuses in the Netherlands ( Schaap & Citroen gem dealers has a Lange & Söhne corner ) to have a more critical gander at this particular watch. After having the pleasure of doing a broad survey of both aforementioned chronographs, wearing each for a long time, I was interested how these two compared to the 1815 Chronograph.
Here’s a brief hands-on comparison (which is not the same as our usual broad audits), so here we go with the facts. The greatest of the three is the Lange Double Split and it certainly has the most noteworthy development, and capacities, of the three. It features the world’s just twofold rattrapante, and all four chronograph/rattrapante hands come with a flyback work. The sheer size of the watch is also noteworthy and so is the weight. Next, and few millimeter smaller and more slender, is the Datograph. Its chronograph features a flyback work, anyway no rattrapante on this one. It demonstrates the date in the outsized twofold date window, and the remaining force save is appeared as well. The Datograph actually has a great deal of similarities with the 1815 Chrono, albeit similarities that perhaps don’t immediately catch the attention.
When taking a gander at the development, which is noticeable through a sapphire crystal, the main similarity becomes self-evident. Its development, caliber L951.5, looks exactly like the Datograph’s development that is name caliber L951.6. The Dato clearly has the additional outsized date and force save indication, anyway the chronograph development is to be sure the same. The completing is of the same impeccable quality and a feast for the eye. The lone indication for this on the dial side, is the situation of the chronograph’s 30-minute register and the running second sub dial, which are both situated marginally beneath the horizontal axis.
The case of the 1815 Chronograph is smaller, and measures 39.5mm in diameter and 10.8mm in stature, while the Dato is 41.0mm by 13.1mm. Like the development it is done flawlessly, with straight brushed completion on the mid-case, satin completed (and engraved) case-back, and cleaned bezel. The drags are reflect cleaned on the upward facing parts, and have the same straight brushed completion on the sides.
Due to smaller measurements and lower weight, the 1815 Chrono is more comfortable on the wrist than its greater siblings. That also means that it’s easier to fit under a tight sleeve, of your dress shirt, and style-wise it has a more classic, dressy, look than for instance the Dato. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph has a retail cost of € 43.400 Euros for the pink gold form and € 44.400 Euros for the rendition in white gold, which we showed you here. That’s a lot lower than the aforementioned Datograph, anyway you should take into account that the Dato we audited is in platinum (and that is always more expensive).
Final words: all-together the 1815 Chronograph is the most classy, and ‘dressy’, of the parcel. There’s less going on, on the dial, and because of its smaller extents it has a more classic appearance. And most awesome aspect all, it features a dazzling development that is very close to that in the Datograph. With a retail cost of simply under € 45k it is great value for money!