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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2011
    Reference No: 704.025
    Movement No: 16'372
    Case No: 129'395 and 145/150
    Model Name: Lange 1 Tourbillon
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L961.1, 49 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 145/150
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne International Guarantee dated July 6, 2011, The Engraving of the Balance Cock authenticity letter, product literature, wallet, polishing cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Lange 1 Tourbillon is a quintessential A. Lange & Söhne watch, displaying the brand's distinct characteristics such as the asymmetric dial configuration, oversized date display and exquisitely finished movement. Borrowing the features of the classic Lange 1 released in 1994, it builds on the designs codes of the original and classic timepiece.

    First launched in 2000, this reference was made as a limited edition series in both pink gold and platinum. While pink gold examples were released in 250 pieces, platinum examples were limited to 150 pieces. The present watch numbered 145. The movement is composed of 378 parts and the tourbillon consists of 72 separate pieces. Among the most beautiful aspects of the watch is the balance cock, which features free hand engraving.

    Of note are the blued steel hands, which display the time and power reserve. The model is usually available with silvered hands. We understand that this upgrade was requested by a special client of the firm to improve legibility on the dial.

    This watch is accompanied by its original guarantee and letter confirming the engraving of the balance cock.

  • 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. 704.025
A fine and rare platinum limited edition tourbillon wristwatch with custom blued hands, date, power reserve, custom blued steel hands, guarantee and fitted presentation box

38.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 145/150

CHF60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF81,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017