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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 112.049
    Movement No: 35’117
    Case No: 148’467
    Model Name: Lange 1, “Sincere Edition”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Lange 1 is a true icon of today, setting the benchmark of traditional German watchmaking, it has become the firm’s most iconic creations till date with a variety of rare iterations released over the years since its re-establishment of the firm in 1994. For Walter Lange and his friend Günter Blümelin to make a striking comeback for Lange, it was important that the first watches released surprise collectors and experts.

    With an emphasis in creating what would be a signature design in the years to come, the Lange 1 featured an unusually smart asymmetrical dial layout featuring the hour and minutes in a larger dial on the left with an oversized date display on the top right, small seconds counter on the bottom and a power reserve indicator sandwiched in between, just pure aesthetics. The movement does not lack any excitement either as they needed to be not only superbly constructed but also have a visually arresting finish with gold chatons, red jewels, blued screws, polished angles and impeccably applied Glashütte waves.

    The present example embodies the statement above, rarity, aesthetics and traditional German watchmaking all packed into one. Released in 2003, the Lange 1 ref. 112.049 was made as a limited edition of 100 pieces for Singaporean retailer Sincere Fine Watches. Cased in white gold, the dial is pretty much where it all happens. Decorated with the firm’s signature ‘Doppelfederhaus’ finish, it features a beautifully guilloche dial with vertical stripes that is further repeated in the Glashütte waves featured on the movement. The dials are finished with the classic pattern as seen on the ref. 112.021 contrasted by a brush-finished chapter creates the ultimate sight yet preserving the legibility of the dial.

    Preserved in excellent overall condition, a fantastic chance for collectors looking for a rare and utterly attractive Lange.

  • 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. 112.049
A very attractive and rare limited edition white gold wristwatch with small seconds, date, guilloche dial and presentation box, one of a limited edition of 100 pieces made for Sincere Fine Watches

Circa 2003
38.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$195,000 - 350,000 
€22,800-41,000
$25,000-44,900

Sold for HK$567,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022