A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down 18K Rose Gold 234.032

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down is the latest model, but this is not the 1st version of watch. The original was produced from 1995 to 2007. The “1815” in the model name is the year of birth of the company founder Ferdinand A. Lange. Considering the 1815 Up/Down is known as a quintessentially modern Lange, this reference is apt as it incorporates traditional aspects of the brand’s pocket watches. Lange timepieces have offered power reserve indicators since Lange patented an early version in 1879.


The aesthetic of the 1815 Up/Down is pure Lange. Just one look at the dial will tell those who know you’re wearing something special. But the exterior is designed to inform, not impress. Prominent Arabic numerals and railway track minute scales, together with blued-steel hands extending to the relevant track, ensure excellent legibility during the day. This watch is suitable as a dress watch and does not offer luminous material.

It equipped Lange Caliber L051.2,  Aesthetically, the movement answers Lange critics who liken the three-quarter plate . 

The movement holds with Lange tradition. The plates are German silver . This metal has a special color, and the Glashütte ribbing offers .

The plates are untreated, and over time the metal oxidizes slowly, taking on a golden-yellow patina. 

The edges of the plates are chamfered and polished, and the exposed winding wheels have what Lange calls a “solarized” finish, which is like a sunray finish but with curved rather than straight lines emanating from the center point. Jewels are set in highly polished gold chatons that are secured with heat-treated blue screws.

The crystal is a slightly domed sapphire. Behind it, the silver-plated sterling silver dial features an ingenious countersunk center. The finish of the dial has a pleasant matte texture.

The case has a classic 39mm diameter and is 8.9mm thick.  The case is finished to the highest standard and is fully polished.

This watch is very comfortable to wear with reasonable size and 77 gram weight render it barely notice able. The curved, low-mounted lugs assure a good fit .