A. Lange & Söhne - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: LSLS1402AM
    Movement No: 97'998
    Case No: 206'323
    Material: Platinum and white gold
    Calibre: Manual, L043.4
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum buckle, signed A. Lange & Sohne
    Dimensions: 41.9mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 23/30
    Accessories: Guarantee dated January 12th 2014 confirming the present watch is numbered 23 of a limited edition of 30 pieces, instruction booklet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced in a limited edition of just 30 examples in 2012, the Lange Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst is the rarest of all of Lange’s coveted Zeitwerk models. The first time ever appearing at auction, it’s distinguished by a meticulously crafted dial, made of white gold and hand engraved with a grained texture known as “tremblage”. The resulting surface is sumptuous and exquisite, and the product of two weeks of labor. Its heavy platinum case, measuring a masculine 41.9 mm in diameter, shines with highly polished lugs and a brushed-finished central case band. The Lange caliber L043.1 within is specially finished with a granular surface treatment, and all writing on the movement is hand engraved, further demonstrating the importance of this exceptional timepiece. In immaculate condition, this example includes its original boxes, leather folio, and guarantee papers.

  • Artist Biography

    A. Lange & Söhne

    German • 1845

    Originally founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Dresden, Germany, the firm established an entire watchmaking culture and industry in Glashütte. The brand quickly became Germany's finest watchmaker, first creating dependable, easy-to-repair watches before going on to produce some of the world's finest complicated pocket watches, including Grande Sonnerie watches, tourbillon watches and Grande Complications.

    On the final day of World War II, their factories were destroyed by Russian bombers, and in 1948 the brand was confiscated by the Soviet Union. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Ferdinand's great grandson Walter Lange re-established the brand with the objective to once again produce top-quality luxury watches. Now part of the Richemont Group, its original vintage and modern creations are highly coveted by collectors. Key models from the modern era include the Lange 1, Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon and the Zeitwerk.

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Ref. LSLS1402AM
A very rare limited edition wristwatch with digital display, power reserve and unusual white gold hand engraved dial

41.9mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 23/30

CHF120,000 - 250,000 

Sold for CHF221,000

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm