A. Lange & Söhne - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 101.021
    Movement No: 1'430
    Case No: 112'048
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: A. Lange & Söhne leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Certificate of Origin.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 displaying eccentric time and seconds with an asymmetrically positioned large date window and power reserve at 3 o’clock is one of the most immediately recognizable Lange models. It was among the first models the firm presented when re-opening in 1994 and immediately captivated the hearts and minds of the public. It is now one of the cornerstones of the brand.

    This early Lange 1 is distinguished by its excellent condition and dates back to circa 1996- only three years after A. Lange & Söhne resumed operations. 1996 is in fact the year the company introduced the transparent caseback, allowing owners to admire the painstakingly finished movement - until then obscured by the solid back - in all of its glory.

  • 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. 101.021
A very early yellow gold wristwatch with date and power reserve

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap and buckle signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF27,720

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

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