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The Battle of High-End Chronographs Part 3 – Patek vs. Lange… The Verdict

The Battle of High-End Chronographs Part 3 – Patek vs. Lange… The Verdict


Having surveyed both the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph and the Patek Philippe Chronograph 5172G manual-twisting chronographs in earlier days, today it’s the ideal opportunity for a face-off between these two premium competitors. Both are undeniably beautiful examples of the ‘pure-chronograph-no-additional-complications genre’ and both are impeccably crafted. Yet, they are as various as chalk and cheddar, so please, take a ringside seat and check whether you agree with our decision in the battle of top of the line chronographs pitting the Lange versus the Patek.

Case Size, Presence and Material

Patek Philippe’s ref. 5172G has a 41mm diameter and a tallness of 11.45mm, A. Lange & Söhne’s 1815 Chronograph measures 39.5mm with a tallness of 11mm. The two models feature lateral pushers for the chronograph capacities, yet that’s about where the similarities end.

Although the Patek is somewhat larger than the Lange, it sits flatter on the wrist thanks to the ventured plan of the case and tapered hauls. The Lange is ‘fleshier’ in the event that you like, with adjusted, plumper surfaces that ascent up to meet the gaze. The pushers on the Patek are cylinder or mushroom-style and jab out past the crown. The pushers on the Lange are rectangular and don’t surpass the crown. Clearly, the look and feel is totally unique. The Patek looks sportier and more retro, the Lange is classier and more traditional.

Another salient feature that had Patek fans going shaky at the knees are those fabulous layered hauls. Suggestive of Art Deco styling, the three-ventured carries consolidate the vintage vibe of the watch and attenuate the components of the watch.

Case material plays a tremendous part in the personality of a watch and the decision of 18k white gold for Patek’s chronograph is by a wide margin a sportier decision than the rich 18k pink gold picked for the Lange. The heaviness of the two watches is reassuringly luxurious.

Conclusion: Although the Patek is larger all round, it sits flatter on the wrist than the Lange and oozes a sportier, intentionally retro character. The Lange is all the more stately, more traditional, and has a heftier, more extravagant presence.

Functionality and handling

The Patek ref. 5172G was acquainted in March 2019 with replace the longstanding and much-cherished ref. 5170 chronograph. Fitted with the same in-house manual-twisting development as its archetype – caliber CH 29-535 PS – the Patek is a traditional segment wheel chronograph activated by two pushers on the case. The Lange is also a traditional section wheel chronograph yet with the extra functionality of being a flyback chronograph (combining the stop, reset and restart in one single operation allowing instant back to back timings). Another extra feature of the Lange is the accurately bouncing moment counter in the sub-dial just under 3 o’clock that advances in 1-minute augmentations when the chrono is running.

As referenced, the style of the pushers is radically unique on the two watches. Patek utilizes small, vintage cylinder style pushers while Lange depends on larger, more unobtrusive rectangular pushers. As you would anticipate from names like Patek and Lange, the reaction of the pushers is rich smooth. In any case, the whole MONOCHROME team agrees that the handling of the pushers on the Lange is ‘great’, probably the smoothest on the market today.

Conclusion: With its flyback chronograph work and definitely bouncing minutes counter, the Lange offers more functionality than the Patek. The reaction of the chronograph pushers is incredible in the two cases, although the Lange is awesome perfect.

Contemporary Blue versus traditional black

Again, the tone and styling of the dials underline the particular state of mind of the two watches. The Patek features a handsome and on-pattern navy blue dial with fresh white markings. The incorporation of a peripheral tachymetre scale emphasizes its energetic planning nature. Be that as it may, what genuinely sets the dial of this new-generation chronograph apart from its archetype, the 5170, is the liberal amount of lume on the numerals and hands. The numerals are not, at this point classic ‘Breguet-style’ yet less difficult, more elementary numerals that dress the watch down. The vintage state of mind is further consolidated with the cool needle style hands and the container shaped sapphire crystal over the dial.

Two unobtrusive yet particular details of the 5172G: the triple-ventured hauls and the guilloche chronograph pushers

The Lange passes on an altogether different, more formal personality. The inky black dial and pink gold case are unabashedly lavish and not for the faint of heart. Like all individuals from the 1815 family, the chronograph features the symmetrical layout, Arabic numerals and railway-track scales that recall the organizer’s elegant pocket watches. Instead of an energetic tachymetre scale, the 1815 Chronograph displays a charming yesteryear pulsometer scale. The pink gold hands are intended to match the case and there isn’t a trace of lume.

Conclusion:  Two chronographs with two totally different temperaments: the Patek seeks after a cool vintage vibe and is altogether sportier and more casual than the Lange; the 1815 Chronograph is stately, dressy, traditional and boundlessly more formal.

Manual-winding section wheel chronograph movements

Ref. 5172G is furnished with Patek’s achievement development, caliber CH 29-535 PS. Five years really taking shape and covered by six patents, manual-winding caliber CH 29-335 PS was a glad achievement for the brand replacing the refined architecture of the Nouvelle Lemania-based caliber CH 27-70 (cherished by authorities) that PP had been utilizing for its chronographs since the 1980s. Totally considered and created in-house, caliber CH 29-535 PS  made its introduction in 2009 on board a ladies’ watch, and a year later in 2010, in the men’s ref. 5170J.  Running at an advanced 4Hz/28,800vph recurrence and offering a force save of 65 hours, the development has a diameter of 29.6mm and lean tallness of simply 5.35mm. Gotten done with great care with regards to the mandates of the Patek Philippe seal, you can see the hand-chamfered and cleaned edges of the scaffold with Côtes de Genève ornamentation, the circular graining, the gold chatons, the entirely completed switches and the particular cap covering the section wheel.

The 1815 Chronograph also utilizes a prior caliber and is fitted with L951.5, a similar development utilized on the Datograph – without the outsize date and force save indicator. Lavishly wrapped up by hand with all Lange’s hallmark contacts, the architecture of the development is as graceful as it is complex. With no three-quarter plate to impede the view, you have an open perspective on a marvelous staggered city humming with switches, gears, springs and wheels to animate the flyback chronograph. Beating at a more slow 2.5Hz/18,000vph and with a force hold of 60 hours, this development has a diameter of 30.6mm and is 6.1mm thick.

Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph

Conclusion: Patek’s caliber CH 29-535 PS may be a more present day and technically better development than the more traditional L951.5, yet the composition and persuasive completions on Lange’s Caliber L951.5 are undeniably prevalent. Patek’s development is decorated with barely enough twists to obtain its own in-house seal however it doesn’t offer the intricate degree of hand-completes and visual complexity of the Lange.


The Patek Philippe Chronograph ref. 5172G retails for EUR 66,870. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph retails for EUR 51,000.

Conclusion: That’s a distinction of around EUR 15,000 and the two chronographs are regular creation models. Probably not an immense amount on the off chance that you playing in this sort of upmarket league yet some may presume that you are getting ‘more chronograph’ for the cash with the Lange.


(Editor’s note: remember that the decision here is based on Rebecca’s personal preferences.)

I’ve learned my exercise about making comparisons among watches and car brands in the last face-to-face article featuring annual calendars . Thanks to you all for your comments and learned input!

Given the decision, I would go for the Lange 1815 Chronograph. I admit that the two models are beautiful however the contrast between the striking pink gold case and inky black dial, the satiny handling and (almost liberal) richness on the dial and development side of the1815 prevailed upon me. Some may reprimand the lack of contrast on the chronograph hands, yet that is a minor consideration for me. The development driving this watch is genuinely a show-stopper and if it’s adequate for master watchmaker Philippe Dufour, it’s sufficient for me!

Although I love the lively, almost laid-back (in Patek terms, obviously) appeal of the ref. 5172G, there two or three things that didn’t appear to be directly about this watch, almost certainly features that have enchanted others. In my eyes, the Patek is an amalgamation of pieces and pieces got from other models in the company’s vast collection: pushers from historical ref. 1463; needle style hands and brilliant Arabic numerals from ref. 5320 perpetual calendar; and those sleek hauls, also acquired from ref. 5320 (thus acquired from ref. 2405 from the 1940s)…

It’s completely legitimate to dunk into one’s heritage, yet the components have to shape a lucid entirety. Although the layered hauls are absolutely beautiful, adding a glamorous bit of Art Deco styling, I was torn. Do these fancy carries really have a place on a lively chronograph? Then there were the cylinder pushers. They may capture the vintage vibe impeccably, however the fact that they jabbed out so far past the crown and delved into my wrist on occasion didn’t persuade me. The development, albeit completed to Patek’s exacting standards, is colder and essentially less enthralling than the Lange.

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