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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2014
    Reference No: 811.062
    Movement No: 110'410
    Case No: 220'179 caseback further engraved 19/20
    Model Name: Little Lange 1
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.1mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne undated guarantee, product literature and setting pin.

  • 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. A flagship model for the firm, A. Lange & Söhne first released the coveted Lange 1 model in 1994 being one of the very first models to be serially produced after the revitalization of the brand by Walter Lange. It is now widely considered as one of the cornerstones of the brand.

    In 1997, the firm released a downsized version of the Lange 1 with the introduction of the Little Lange 1 with a reduced case size of 36.1mm. Throughout the years, the Little Lange 1 continued to flourish with various case metals and dial materials, mostly paired with a diamond-set bezel. Among the various dial designs, guilloche examples, such as the present one, as well as mother of pearl dials were added to the inventory.

    Released in 2014, the present example Little Lange 1 Soirée was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lange 1 model. Part of a pair, originally offered alongside the larger version, a Lange 1, only 20 pieces were made, with the present watch being number 19. It most notably displays a black guilloché dial with a diamond-set bezel, which contrasts beautifully against the dark background. There couldn't be a more suiting word than Soirée to describe the watch; all in elegance, reminiscent of a starry night sky.

    The timepiece was originally presented as a set with Lot 25, a Lange 1, as well as a special numbered box which is offered without reserve, for someone who will buy both timepieces and want to reunited them in a box together.

    Timeless in aesthetics, the present Little Lange 1 glittering with subtlety is preserved in excellent, like new condition and exudes the spirit of the German manufacturer.

  • 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. 811.062
A rare and attractive limited edition platinum and diamond-set wristwatch with guilloché dial and guarantee, numbered 19 of a limited edition of 20 pieces made for the 20th anniversary of the Lange 1

36.1mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and pin buckle signed

CHF12,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF53,340

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