A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X Hong Kong Friday, July 10, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 401.031
    Movement No: 43'345
    Case No: 153'372
    Model Name: 1815 Chronograph
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 951.0, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee dated March 2005, and stamped Jolly Oro srl, Torino, A. Lange & Söhne presentation box, leather envelop with product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While A. Lange & Söhne’s rich history reaches back to the 19th century when Ferdinand Adolph Lange was born in 1815, the modern rebirth of the firm occurred in 1990 when Ferdinand’s great grandson Walter and Günter Blümlein set out to re-establish the firm’s prestigious past and a return of superior high quality watchmaking to Glashütte. By 1992, they had filed patents for their oversized date wheels and in 1994 the brand released four watches that today are icons amongst haute horlogerie, the Lange 1, the Arkade, the Saxonia and the Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite". Since that time A. Lange & Söhne’s has become a global force and a cherished horological collectible known for their technical complications, and clean modern aesthetic. In 1996, Walter Lange released the 1815 Collection in honour of Ferdinand’s birth in 1815, and while the watches ranged in design from time only to complications timepieces, they all featured large cases with railway-track minute scale, and Arabic numerals all reminiscent of their traditional past and fine pocket watches manufacturing.

    The present 18k pink gold 1815 Chronograph from the first generation produced between 2004 and 2008 is a wonderful representation of the goals set forward by Walter Lange. The watch combines traditional watch making with 21st century engineering with the caliber 951, their renowned chronograph movement first used in 1999 in their Datograph model. The flyback mechanism allows the hands to zero reset for immediate new measurements. The black dial with two silvered subsidiary dials plays off the pink gold of the case and has a bold masculine aesthetic. This example is very appealing and is accompanied by its guarantee and original presentation box. It is an opportunity to own a first generation 1815 Chronograph by A. Lange & Söhne.

  • 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. 401.031
A rare and attractive pink gold flyback chronograph wristwatch with black dial, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2005
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

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