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 Width: 20mm
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Not a big fan of Panerai watches but I like this one.
That was my initial reaction to this watch. I’m not a Panerai guy, but this one is unusual. I like unusual things. So I assumed that 959 is the right PAM for me. Not too big, not too thick and the colorway is interesting. But there is a drawback. It’s not that easy to match a strap. Which probably was the sole reason for lack of love between us, as I find the OEM rubber strap simply awful. Fortunately things have changed, thanks to the straps mentioned below. Having the right strap can make all the difference.
Let’s take a look at the watch. 42mm in diameter, 13mm thickness, 52mm lug to lug and 22mm lug width in a regular Luminor Submersible case. Panerai for smaller wrists, as they say. The most distinctive features are the matte blue ceramic bezel, light grey textured dial and turquoise blue seconds hand. These colors and textures will play a big factor in pairing the strap.
Hi, it’s Oliver (@olli.ver) again and this time I’m happy to present you some impressions of my Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch „First Omega In Space“.
Presented at Baselworld 2012 the Speedmaster „First Omega In Space“ or so called „FOIS“ refers to the CK2998, worn by Walter Shirra during the „Sigma 7“ mission of the Mercury Programme in 1962. 50 years later this modern re-interpretation was released with some slightly redesigned elements but still features the black dial, black bezel and stainless steel case with the diameter of 39,7mm, symmetric lugs and no crown guards as the original one. It also got similar Alpha and Baton style hands. On the caseback you can find the „Hippocampus“ or Seahorse that you could also find on Shirra’s watch. Besides that, as a „Numbered Edition“ every FOIS got it’s own serial number. Inside the case, the actual model runs with Omega’s well-known 1861 movement.
But to keep this a bit short and simple, let’s start with the showcase of some straps to maybe provide some inspiration of how this speedy works with different styles.
Once in a while, the people get what they want. The Tudor Pelagos was first released in 2012 coming in at a large wearing 42mm. It wasn’t the diameter that made it wear large. Rather, it was the slab sided case giving the visual appearance of a top heavy watch. Enthusiasts have been praying to the watch gods ever since for a smaller version. The Black Bay 58 was the first of Tudor’s recent dive watches to be downsized so it was only a matter of time before the Pelagos would get a reduction as well. Enter the Pelagos 39. It's a titanium watch coming in at 39mm across the case but closer to 40mm across the bezel. Speaking of the bezel, we get a radial brushed fully lumed ceramic insert over the matte version of its big brother. This is a feature that has grown on me with ownership. It gives the watch a more dynamic appearance with the bezel looking from stark black to a ghost gray depending on the lighting. Most importantly, the Pelagos remains a strap monster. The lugs are an odd width at 21mm but as usual, Delugs to the rescue!