A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2007
    Reference No: 304.049
    Movement No: 50'039
    Case No: 160'114
    Model Name: Grosse Langematik Gangreserve
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L921.6, 42 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee stamped by Madrid retailer Gerard D. Wempe, product literature, leather document holder, numbered presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present timepiece represents the union of two of the best renowned names of the German watchmaking market: A. Lange & Söhne and retailer Gerard D Wempe. Wempe was founded in 1878 as a small family shop in Elsfleth but, after connecting with Swiss watchmaker, a proper store was opened in the early 1900s. The success enjoyed was such that already in 1914, Wempe already boasted five branches in Hamburg. The rest, as they say, is history and today Wempe is one of the most respected names in the business.

    In 1938, Wempe took over the company ChronometerWerke GmbH, founded in 1905. This model celebrates the centenary of the founding of that company, and it was released in a limited edition of, fittingly, 100 examples. An exercise in supreme elegance and balance, the dial is given a regulator-style (while not being a regulator timepiece) with two subsidiary dials at 12 (power reserve) and at 6 (running seconds). With utmost German restrain, the name of the celebrated retailer does not appear on the dial, rather it is engraved to the back next to the limited edition numbering. The regard A Lange & Söhne had for this limited edition is apparent when considering that even the box is numbered, twice: once on the inside of the top lid, and a second time on the metal frame of the watch cradle.

  • 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. 304.049
A very fine and rare platinum wristwatch with power reserve indication, zero-reset feature, guarantee and box, numbered 14 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

Circa 2007
40.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$140,000 - 195,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

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