Judging from how assured the proportions and dial layout of this new fake A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar are, you might be forgiven for thinking that the annual calendar complication is something of a speciality at A. Lange & Sohne. But, in reality, this is only the second annual calendar from the Glashutte-based manufacture, the first being an automatic Saxonia Annual Calendar from 2010.
The movement treats February as a 30-day month thus the watch requires its sole annual adjustment on March 1st. Lange has also included a moonphase indication within the small seconds dial at the six o’clock. This astronomical moonphase will remain correct to one-day for the 122.6 years. This new watch uses a new manually wound, Calibre L051.3 with a 72 hour power reserve coupled with a calendar module which, together, present a combined height of 5.7mm.
The dial is a bit of a masterclass in typography, using the same typeface throughout and giving everything plenty of breathing space. Rich black numerals on a granular silvered dial make for excellent legibility while a railway minute track around the perimeter ensures everything hangs together.
Ease of use has been at the forefront of the rose gold A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar’s design with a pusher at the 2 o’clock, which advances calendar indications collectively while individual corrections to day, date, month and moonphase can be made using four recessed quick correctors.
I could perhaps do without the superfluous ‘Annual Calendar’ legend within the month sub register at the three o’clock, but that’s the most minor of criticisms and it’s the kind of dial that will have you staring at your wrist even when you have no interest in the time.
That A. Lange & Sohne copy watch presented the date using an oversized date window, while this iteration uses a more traditional subdial and hand arrangement, in keeping with the 1815 line’s more classical bent.