Strap Guide written by @onefree5ole. Thank you Kelven!
The Lange 1815 Up Down is a watch I knew I wanted the first time I set sights on it on a few Instagram accounts. The combination of classic pocket watch design with the beautiful blue hands and the hue of that rose gold case just spoke to me. Lange makes incredible watches with amazing caseback too and as a result, I was convinced that this piece would be the first Lange in my collection and possibly the only one I will ever need. When I add dress watches to my collection, I need it to also look the part casually too and I was convinced that with a 20mm lug width, this 1815 will play well with a variety of looks. So this is my guide for 5 different looks you could pair with the 1815 Up Down.
Possibly the most classic combo would be to pair the 1815 with an alligator strap. It plays to this piece's dressy characteristics well and the blue ties into hands. This strap is a great shade of blue (akin to a deeper royal blue) and I love that it is matte and not shiny, allowing it to be a little less flashy as this is not what this piece is. This alligator strap is pliable and soft, not stiff at all like you sometimes see in these kinds of leather straps.
I was surprised how well this color worked with the rose gold case of the 1815. Grigio is a warm color with a hint of green undertone - very understated green though. The tone on tone stitching along with the light padding of this strap does a great job of providing a classy yet casual look.
The side stitching is, to me, the identity of this strap. This strap style will definitely give any watch a more casual vibe and I enjoyed what it did for the 1815. The Cognac brown hue (note this is not your typical warm brown strap - it is more brown than it is yellow) worked well with the rose gold case and the silver dial. A great look for those casual days with t-shirt and shorts.
This may be my favorite strap combo of the five that I was able to try. The dark denim blue and the textural pattern of the leather on this strap makes it feel a little like an aged navy leather jacket or passport holder. It is also a very thin and very comfortable strap to wear that works really well with the rose gold, silver dial and blue hands. This combo could work with t-shirt and jeans but also do perfectly well in a business casual setting.
The most "fun" and controversial out of the five straps is this purple strap. The hue is like a lavender and I thought it would work well with the silver dial. The leather has a great texture to it and is soft and very comfortable to wear as well with its slim profile. Something I might put on during those nice Spring or Summer days, this gave my 1815 more of that fun factor that sometimes we want to have on wrist.
- Reference: A Lange & Soehne 1815 Up/Down 234.032
- Case Size: 39mm
- Lug-to-Lug: 46mm
- Thickness: 8.7mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
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