Editor's note: The other day I caught up with someone who'd recently picked up an A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down, and holding it in my hand — by golly gosh, those German guys at ALS know their way around a watch. This piece might not be their most complicated or most hyped, but it's pretty perfect …* Even though there's no doubt that the darlings of A. Lange & Söhne's lineup are the more contemporarily styled pieces like the Lange One and the Zeitwerk, there's still a place for deeply traditional design in the catalogue of Glashütte's favourite son – and that's the 1815 collection.   Named for the year of founder Ferdinand A. Lange's birth, the 1815 family of watches takes as its inspiration early marine chronometers. First developed in the 18th century, these ship-bound timepieces were extremely accurate, and a vital tool in navigation. And while the design isn't what we'd associate with tool watches these days, make no mistake, legibility and reliability were the name of the game. It's logical that Lange, those masters of function and style, adopt this distinctive look as the trademark for their 1815 collection. With the blued sword-style hands, railroad minute…

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