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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 116.031
    Movement No: 53'565
    Case No: 164'178
    Model Name: Lange 1 Zeitzone
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L031.1, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold deployant clasp signed A. Lange
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne fitted box, guarantee, Certificate indicating the watch is a limited edition of 30 pieces, leather holder and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In just 25 years the Lange 1 has become one of the most iconic designs of modern watchmaking, its offset dial and large date display having become signature elements.

    However, Lange & Söhne is also respected for its technical expertise and "no compromise" philosophy. This is the reason why the present Zeitzone (time zone in German) is more than just a dual time watch.

    The main dial on the left indicates local time whereas the subdial at 4 o’clock is dedicated to a second time zone. The small arrow in the second time zone dial points at the city that time is currently set on.

    This solution allows for an outstanding aesthetic impact of the piece, which acquires somewhat of a “world time” vibe, and it is enormously practical. When analyzing the Zeitzone, it is actually apparent how Lange placed practicality above all else, and how the aesthetics of the piece are a consequence of this choice: form truly follows function, rather than the other way around, both under a visual point of view and also under an operational one.

    Visually, beyond the already mentioned city ring, the watch features day/night indications for both local and second time zone, avoiding the very common issue of confusing night and day times at the home location. Operationally, the piece features a quick-setting pusher at 10 o’clock for the date and a second pusher at 8 o’clock that advances the city ring and second time zone indicator.

    This pink gold case and black dial combination was specially made for Singaporean retailer Sincere in a limited edition of 30 pieces.

    In excellent condition and complete with box and papers the present Lange 1 Zeitzone is an example of Saxon watchmaking at its best.

  • 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. 116.031
A very fine limited edition pink gold dual time wristwatch with date, power reserve indication, guarantee and box

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF32,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019