A highly attractive and rare platinum perpetual calendar flyback chronograph wristwatch with leap year indicator, power reserve, moonphases, and platinum bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 410.425 E
    Movement No: 48’289
    Case No: 158’107
    Model Name: Datograph Perpetual
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L952.1, 45 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped by U.S.A. retailer Betteridge Jewelers and dated November 11, 2006, instruction booklet, leather document holder, sale tag, setting pin, fitted leather presentation box and outer packaging, as well as two extra bracelet links.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in 2006, the Datograph Perpetual in platinum remained in production until 2011, and since, very few examples have appeared publicly, especially with an accompanying platinum bracelet. The elegant display includes a 60-second counter and a 30-minute counter, as well as indications for the day of the week, month, leap year, and day/night. This model was the first wristwatch manufactured by A. Lange & Söhne to combine a chronograph with a perpetual calendar, and has the additional useful flyback function, which is activated with the top chronograph pusher.

    The brand’s signature oversized date apertures are opposite to the comparatively smaller moonphase window. Turning the watch over, one can glimpse the 556 individually hand-finished components, including the free-hand engraved balance cock and delicate "Glashütte" waves throughout. The solid rhodium silver dial creates a pleasant monochromatic effect when paired with the 41mm platinum case and bracelet. The hint of blue at the day-night indicator and the moonphase aperture provide a subtle complement to the blued steel hands found within the two sub-dials. The watch’s most impressive feat remains the contrasting elements of a delicate dial design and the striking weight of the case. Further enhancing its appeal is the hardly ever seen, factory bracelet made of platinum that was specially ordered by the original owner at great expense. Sumptuous, luxurious, and exquisitely crafted both inside and out, this example of the Datograph Perpetual will delight the seasoned collector.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 410.425 E
A highly attractive and rare platinum perpetual calendar flyback chronograph wristwatch with leap year indicator, power reserve, moonphases, and platinum bracelet

2006
41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 100,000 
€60,000-85,700
$74,100-106,000

sold for CHF106,250

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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