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November 20, 2013

A. Lange & Söhne Wins Awards at Grand Prix

By Chris Boyle

A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar watchWatchmaker A. Lange & Söhne adds Grand Prix d’Horlogerie awards to its collection.

A. Lange & Söhne has won two awards at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for its 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar watch.

An international 23-member expert jury selected it as winner in the Grand Complication category on 15 November 2013. A non-Swiss watch brand was honored in this category for the first time in the history of the competition. It has also received the competition’s Public Prize.

The 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar combines the technical fascination of a split-seconds chronograph with the enduring precision of a perpetual calendar that does not need to be corrrected until the year 2100, and then by only one day.

The timepiece also received the audience award in the Watches over €40,000 category at the Munichtime watch exhibition just a few days before. At both Munichtime and its sister event Viennatime, watch enthusiasts voted it the best watch in the Complicated Mechanics group.

A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia Automatic also garnered two accolades. At both events it was the first choice in the Feminine Aesthetics category. And finally in Munich, the Grand Lange 1 Lumen was chosen as the contest-winner among classically elegant watches.

In autumn, A. Lange & Söhne received further prizes in Mexico and Poland. At the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico City, the first prize in the Grand Complication category was awarded to Lange’s Grand Complication watch, presented earlier this year. The brand’s most complex wristwatch of all times was declared winner, both in the Complicated Watches and Watch of the Year 2013 disciplines at a competition organized by the watch portal Chronos24.pl in Warsaw

With a total of 19 awards in 2013, A. Lange & Söhne can look back on one of the most successful years in the history of the manufactory. Since presentation of the first collection of the new era in 1994, the brand has reaped an impressive number of some 200 awards.

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