The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Platinum goes back to a time in the 1980s when this elusive watch, as distinctive as it is exotic, dominated the desires of watch lovers. And looking at this timepiece, you can understand why. There is something fascinating about the hypnotic progression of the two superimposed seconds hands, which, at the command of a button, split to continue marking an interval of time, almost as if this act could crystallize a moment of life.
The everlasting charm of this timepiece, so classic and pure in its manual winding, is the most eloquent testimony to this horological finesse.
Genius and regulation
As is to be expected from A. Lange & Söhne, the watch's character is sublimated in the grandness of materials and finishing. Everything is executed with manic perfection and typically Teutonic canons, creating a timepiece that stands out for its technical and executive craftsmanship.
In a platinum case just 41.2 mm in diameter – a far cry from some of the rather large timepieces that have characterized the recent Saxon production – beats the hand-wound L101.2 movement, exposed to view through a sapphire crystal case back.
The bicompax dial is a masterpiece of German design, crafted in silver with a silvery finish, black printed scales and hour markers with a tachymeter scale, over which blued-finish hands run fluidly.
The heart of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Platinum
The caliber L101.2 that animates this marvelous timepiece is straight out of a watch enthusiast's vision and cannot fail to captivate the perfection of the finishes that have been applied to its 365 elements, resulting in high mechanical finesse but in a discreet, almost minimalist guise.
The caliber offers a double column wheel system with Argentan bridges, as is customary with the German Maison's productions, decorated with the usual Glashütte Stripes and finished with perfect anglage. Several stones are secured in gold bezels with small blued screws, in the purest tradition of German quality watchmaking.
The caliber beats at 3 Hz and mounts a single barrel that gives this timepiece 58 hours of power reserve.
An exclusive series for an exceptional watch
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante is produced in a limited series of 200 individually-numbered pieces available exclusively at official Lange & Söhne boutiques.
The official price has not been released, but a few years ago, the Maison launched a comparable watch with a Honeygold finish, which sold for around 120,000 euros. So we expect this series to have a similar or slightly higher list price.
More information and pricing details can be found here.
If you like the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Platinum, you might also be interested in the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold.