A. Lange & Söhne - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 101.021
    Movement No: 22'978
    Case No: 130'909
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee Certificate dated October 09, 2001, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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.

    Bought by the present consignor from the original owner in Switzerland, this early reference 101.021 is distinguished by its excellent condition and the presence of its original guarantee, stating the watch was sold in 2001 in Madrid. The case is preserved in original condition and all hallmarks and case numbers are sharp and deep. Most notably, it displays the original and early dial, known as "Small MIG", where "Made in Germany" is printed in smaller font without serifs - this dial variation is particularly sought after among collectors.

  • 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 highly rare, early and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with "small MIG" dial, guarantee and presentation box

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF30,240

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022