There are always watches that are high on your wish-list while knowing you probably will never actually own one. Simply because it’s (far) out of budget or because they are only produced in limited numbers and hard to acquire. And sometimes it’s even both. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in some way which is exactly what happened when we had the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial for a few days.The designs and an incredible level of detail always impress me. And the same goes for this 1815 which impresses more the closer we look at it. But before diving into the details let’s have an overlook of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial.
Although this limited edition looks similar to the regular version there are a few tiny details which set it apart. Where this limited edition is made in platinum only, the regular version is available in pink gold also. While having the same case diameter of 39,5 mm the thickness is slightly increased to accommodate the enamel dial. But with an increase of only 0,2 mm, this will be hard to notice. Also, the dial is produced from copper instead of the traditional silver. This has to do with the production process of the enamel dial which is a time consuming and difficult process.
Inside the watch and visible through the open enamel dial beats the hand-wound L102.1 caliber. Featuring two patents by A. Lange & Söhne combined into one movement. First of those is the stop seconds function which stops the tourbillon cage when setting the time. Combined with a Zero-Reset function it allows you to set the watch with the utmost precision. When pulling the crown to set the time, the seconds hand on the tourbillon cage resets to zero instantly. This way you can set the time perfectly to start the movement again at the beginning of the minute.
Looking more closely you will discover various fine details which suit a watch of this caliber. On the top of the dial, the 12 o’clock sign is printed in red which adds contrast to the dial. Doing this brings an additional step in the production process of the dial. Fine details such as the minute track with different hour markers at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock set also bring some life to the dial without making it too busy.