A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 815.036
    Movement No: 44’420
    Case No: 159’980
    Model Name: Datograph
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.1, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Richemont Japan Ltd., dated 7th April 2008, product literature, leather folio, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1999, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph has widely been regarded by collectors as one of the finest modern chronograph wristwatches produced by any firm. Since its re-establishment of the manufacture, A. Lange & Söhne has been creating some of the most impressive timepieces executed to the highest quality. Featuring an in-house manual movement, it is expertly finished throughout with Glashütte stripes and the firm’s signature hand-engraved balance cock. The oversized date window display particular to Lange wristwatches inspired by the Dresden Semper Opera clock sits perfectly legible on the 12 O’clock position.

    The first generation of the Datograph features a 39mm diameter case without the existence of a power reserve indication giving the dial a clean and simplistic appeal. Furthermore, the platinum case and black dial is the original Datograph that captured the admiration of so many collectors and connoisseurs when it first appeared at Baselworld in 1999. In 2012, the firm upgraded the Datograph featuring a larger 41mm diameter case as well as implementing an up/down power reserve indication at 6 O’clock also featuring baton indexes instead of Roman numerals.

    While most examples of the model were encased in precious metal, the present example in platinum with a first generation 39mm diameter case is further charmed with a bedazzled baguette-cut Top Wesselton diamond-set bezel with a total weight of 4.5 carats composed of 48 individual diamonds. A rare example with a low production output, the present example from circa 2008 is offered in well-preserved condition and is complete with its full set of accessories.

  • 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. 815.036
An extremely fine, attractive and rare platinum and diamond-set flyback chronograph wristwatch with large date, tachymeter scale, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2008
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$300,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$1,638,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021