A. Lange & Söhne - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 116.032
    Movement No: 62'566
    Case No: 172'617
    Model Name: Lange 1 Time Zone
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.0311, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle signed Lange
    Dimensions: 41mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee dated April 2008 and user's manual.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A. Lange & Söhne singlehandedly put German watchmaking back on the world map in 1994 when it presented its first modern wristwatch collection after having been dormant for decades following World War II.

    One of the watches that truly exemplifies this rebirth is the Lange 1, with its asymmetrical dial using the harmonious proportions of the golden section. The oversized date aperture was directly inspired by the Five-Minute Clock of the Semper Opera House in Dresden. But the distinctive design was not the only reason for the success that the Lange 1 would immediately encounter. The movement with its twin mainspring barrel with a 72 hours power reserve, the Glashütte three-quarter plate made of German silver, and the screw-mounted gold chatons were soon to become signatures of the brand.

    Loyal to its reputation of mechanical mastery, Lange presented the Lange 1 Timezone in 2005, offering a complex movement, the dual time zone, in an user-friendly package. The main dial decentered to the left indicates home time, with at the top a day/night indicator and the continuous seconds subdial at the bottom. On the lower right hand side is a smaller subdial indicating the second time zone with a small arrow pointing to the city ring indicating the timezone the wearer is in. A small subdial also indicates day/night in the second timezone. Of course, the present lot also features all the signature elements found in the Lange 1 such as the decentered big date and power reserve indicator.

    A superb design, an easy to use complication, and a movement finish in glorious Technicolor make the present watch a must have for the discerning traveler.

  • 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. 116.032
A very attractive pink gold dual time wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve and double day/night indicator

41mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF25,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017