A Passion for Classics

A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid is convinced that cars and watches are far more than the sum of their properties and functions. Behind every invention and design are passionate people.

He knows from his own experience that choosing the right car or the perfect watch is a very emotive matter:

“My two passions in life are cars and watches, so the prospect of displaying our timepieces in this beautiful and historic space alongside over sixty of the most amazing cars ever created is a dream come true. Speaking from experience, I know that there is a great deal of common ground between car and watch collectors: ultimate craftsmanship, technical innovation and unrivalled heritage are the key values of both vintage cars and our approach to watchmaking. That’s why this partnership between A. Lange & Söhne and the Concours of Elegance is such a perfect fit.”

This is why A. Lange & Söhne supports the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court.

Wilhelm Schmid in his Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe, 1954

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph

The 1815 ANNUAL CALENDER in white gold with dial in argenté

Talk to the Driver: Whilhelm Schmid meets Katie Forrest

Concours of Elegance participant Katie Forrst and Wilhelm Schmid share a passion for British Roadsters and fine watchmaking. So Wilhelm embarked on a journey to visit Katie, who won the RAC Spirit of Motoring prize at the Concourse of Elegance 2018.

Actually, there are quite a few striking similarities between mechanical watches and classic cars. “The attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship draw very close similarities to one another, not to mention the pin-point precision of every component within their mechanisms to make them work with such beauty and balance”, Katie explains.

Watch the full drive of Wilhelm and Katie here:

1815 Chronograph – Refined Timekeeping

The 1815 CHRONOGRAPH unites traditional elements with latest-generation technology. The calibre L951.5 movement enhances the mechanism of the precisely jumping minute counter with a comfortable flyback function. This makes it possible to instantaneously reset the chronograph hands to zero during an ongoing measurement simply by actuating a button, and to immediately start a new measurement by releasing it. The dial layout is well-organised and functional as in A. Lange & Söhne’s historic pocket chronographs. Slightly shifted below the horizontal centreline, the two subsidiary dials emphasise the classic origins of the watch, as does the characteristic railway-track minute scale. The additional graduation on the minute scale allows readings of stopped times to an accuracy of one-fifth of a second. Pulse rates can be determined with the pulsometer scale on the outer ring of the dial.

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For several generations, the watchmakers of A. Lange & Söhne have been pursuing one goal: To craft timepieces that represent the pinnacle of international watchmaking artistry. Discover the whole story on our website.

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