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The Battle of High-End Annual Calendars Part 3 – Lange vs. Ferrier… The Verdict

The Battle of High-End Annual Calendars Part 3 – Lange vs. Ferrier… The Verdict


Having assessed both Lange’s and Ferrier’s annual calendars in the earlier days, today it’s the ideal opportunity for a go head to head, a possibility for these two mid-weight complication champs to participate in a false battle. The two candidates are obviously lovely watches, completely coordinated in usefulness and mechanical respectability, so kindly take a ringside seat and check whether you concur with our decision in the battle of annual calendars pitting the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar versus the Laurent Ferrier Annual Calendar School Piece .

Case size and presence on the wrist

Without really expounding (kindly see the reviews of the ALS 1815 Annual Calendar and the Laurent Ferrier Annual Calendar), how about we investigate the common attributes of these annual calendars.

Both contenders share 40mm gold cases and the two watches appreciate a commanding presence. The Lange 1815 has a stature of 10.1mm while the Laurent Ferrier is thicker at 12.8mm (counting the sapphire precious stone). It’s simply reasonable for say that the LF sits higher on the wrist and causes to notice its bends with its thick cleaned bezel and huge onion crown. As should be obvious, the two models include short inclining carries that position the caseback flush against the wrist and the two watches sit flawlessly on the wrist (both shot on Frank’s 18.5cm wrist).

There is likewise the case material to contemplate. The Lange is produced using glistening 18k white gold, a careful metal that can be mistaken for hardened steel for wearers who esteem carefulness, while the Laurent Ferrier is produced using yellow gold. Albeit the yellow gold is an uncommon “sand-coloured” composite with unobtrusive, exquisite tone, there is no uncertainty that the LF is a gold watch.

Conclusion: Lange’s case is subtler, more conventional and downplayed. The amble, erotic bends of the Laurent Ferrier model will undoubtedly stand out. Lange is more formal and dressier, while LF is seriously enamoring. This is altogether a matter of taste.


Both contenders have gone that additional mile to make the watches easy to understand and both display sidelong pushers to control certain highlights of the annual calendar. The simple to-hold pusher on the LF model at 10 o’clock allows you to change the day of the week and the crown includes extra usefulness to change the date and month functions.

The pusher at 2 o’clock on the Lange allows you to propel all the signs all the while, a helpful gadget on the off chance that you have neglected to wind the watch (we should not fail to remember that the two watches are manual-winding). There are likewise three recessed pushers on the case that can be discouraged with an exceptional apparatus to set the day, month and moon stage capacities individually.

Conclusion: While horizontal pushers in the caseband, usefulness and ease of use are amazing in the two models, the LF has greater usefulness at the crown, making it much simpler to use than the Lange, which depends on recessed pushers for singular changes and requires a different device. An additional bit of leeway for Ferrier here.


Once once more, both annual calendars have put a premium on clarity. Lange has settled on an exemplary set of three of sub-dials with two focal and evenly adjusted counters for the calendar data (day and date on left, month on right) and a third counter at 6 o’clock for the running seconds and moon stage show. Laurent Ferrier has picked a 1940s-style calendar design with two rectangular gaps for the afternoon and month, a fringe date ring with pointer hand and has put the little seconds in the regular 6 o’clock position – short moon phase.

Despite the bountiful measure of engravings on the Lange watch, the fashioners have figured out how to coordinate the data in a wonderful way. Like other individuals from the 1815 assortment, numerous subtleties on the dial – rail route moment and seconds tracks and enormous Arabic numerals – behold back to the author’s accuracy pocket watches and instill the dial with a solid feeling of elegance and tradition.

The Laurent Ferrier is a fascinating combination of old and new. The blue date ring highlights Art Deco-style numerals while the exquisite lance formed hands are trademark LF. The unpretentious utilization of shading adds an invigorating, more contemporary measurement to the watch.

Conclusion: Excellent game plan of the capacities on the two watches. Be that as it may, the white dial of the Lange is less intelligent than the silver-tone dial of the LF and simpler to peruse. By and by, the format and character of the Lange come across as a more formal and thorough dial.

Manual-winding and force reserve

Another decision both Lange and LF have made is the consolidation of a manual-winding development. To some degree odd given the commonsense, ordinary work of an annual calendar, yet with helpful pushers gave to several days of inertia, it isn’t the end of the world and adds a dash of old school beguile that numerous gatherers will appreciate. The LF has a burly force save of 80 hours and the Lange a good 72, both enough to see you through a weekend.

As you would anticipate from these watch marks, the developments are flawlessly completed but totally different in style. The Lange parades conventional contacts like the exemplary German silver ¾ plate and hand-engraved equilibrium chicken; the Laurent Ferrier is quite more contemporary with thick Geneva stripes and extensions plated with dim ruthenium.

Conclusion: Ample force save in the two models, incredible completions and enhancement. No reasonable victor here, however indeed the developments mirror the characters of these watches.


A Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar white gold retails for EUR 38,000, while Laurent Ferrier Galet Annual Calendar School Piece for EUR 50,000 (and somewhat less in treated steel). The quality and execution are noteworthy in both cases.

Conclusion: That’s a distinction of EUR 12,000. Consider however that Laurent Ferrier is a little, independent brand and doesn’t have the creation limit of ALS’s Saxon assembling. On account of the LF, this converts into exclusivity.

Rolls Royce or Bugatti?

At the end of the day, when comparing two watches that are so similarly coordinated and flawlessly made, the victor will reduce to a matter of individual taste.

When requested to compare these two models I found that vehicle analogies were helpful. Lange’s 1815 Annual Calendar helps me to remember a vintage Rolls Royce, an impressive vehicle murmuring magnificently as it were on account of its immaculate motor and body. The well proportioned exotic nature of Laurent Ferrier’s watch helps me to remember a 1938 Bugatti, glad to stand out, however without being ostentatious or gaudy.

You could say that the Lange watch is more consensual, a more customary interpretation of the annual calendar. This is the sort of watch that may speak to the individuals who need to want to fly under the radar, those with a specific outdated style and a limited disposition. However, hold on for me, it stays a brilliant watch.

The Laurent Ferrier has a more arousing demeanor and is more perky and challenging in my eyes. The Galet Annual Calendar might just speak to gatherers who need something less standard, maybe someone who as of now has an exemplary watch and who is looking for something exceptional and less customary. Hence, it may engage more prepared collectors.


(Editor’s note: remember that the decision here depends on Rebecca’s individual preferences.) If I could, I would purchase the Laurent Ferrier annual calendar. I love the Lange, yet it doesn’t captivate me like the Ferrier. There is actually nothing I can bandy about with the Lange, yet it doesn’t draw in me on an enthusiastic level and I miss the highlights that I partner with Lange watches like the outsize date and off-focused counters. I realize that we are talking about the more moderate 1815 family, yet if I somehow happened to put resources into a Lange watch, it would must have in any event one of those trademark features.

For me, the Laurent Ferrier is more alluring, interesting to both the visual and material neurons of the wearer. These are absolutely esthetic contemplations, as these two watches are amazing as far as mechanics, family, execution and design… But isn’t that the key factor while pondering between two entirely coordinated candidates?