A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2017
    Reference No: 260.028
    Movement No: 110’781
    Case No: 229’409, 009/218
    Model Name: Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L044.1, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Pendulum Singapore dated 2nd March 2017, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With synonymous horological expertise in creating some of the finest wristwatches with a strategic focus on craftsmanship, A. Lange & Söhne first launched the Richard Lange Pour le Merit in 2008. Designed with Richard Lange—second born of the brand’s founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange— philosophy and rigors of inventing precision instruments, the model is a pure combination of simplicity and exceptional engineering. The model features a fusée and chain aim to achieve constant flow of energy. With exactly 36 hours from the full winding, which is precisely calculated for the optimal result for accuracy, a locking device blocks the power transmission when the seconds hand hits zero. Thus, the watch ensures the constant torque throughout its power reserve.

    With its successful reception since its launch, the firm introduced a white gold addition ref. 260.028 fitted with an attractive matte black dial in 2016 with a limited production of 218 pieces. Humble in appearance, the decoration of white Roman numerals displays extreme simplicity on a time-only wristwatch. Furthermore, the intricate architecture of the chain movement and signature engraved balance cock can be witnessed on the ample display of a sapphire caseback. Numbered 9 of a limited production, the present example is presented in an attractive condition and is a fine addition to the collection of a discerned watch connoisseur of subtlety and class.

  • 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. 260.028
A fine and rare limited edition white gold wristwatch with small seconds, Roman numerals, fuseé and chain movement, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 9 of a limited edition of 218 pieces

Circa 2017
40.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$819,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021