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

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 414.047
    Movement No: 146'846
    Case No: 244'038, inside hinged back engraved Unique Piece
    Model Name: 1815 Chronograph “Hampton Court Edition”
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.5, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne fitted box, proof of origin signed by the CEO, instruction manual, guarantee, polishing cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is with great honor and pleasure that Phillips offers this unique A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph "Hampton Court Edition" in white gold and being sold for a good cause.

    Ever since the launch of the Datograph in 1999, chronographs leaving the Glashütte based manufacture are considered some of the best and most beautiful on the market. The 1815 Chronograph is no exception, presented in 2004 the model is a potent mix of classic design with cutting edge mechanics.

    It boasts an in-house manual movement, expertly finished throughout with Glashütte stripes and a signature hand-engraved balance cock. The full lexicon of movement finishing is unleashed on each component of a Lange wristwatch: black polishing, perlage, straight and circular graining, mirror polishing, chamfering, and anglage, amongst others.

    The present 1815 Chronograph "Hampton Court" displays a unique set of features never seen before in this model range notably a white gold case, a black dial that lures in seductively with its silver subcounters. Sand colored script, numerals and outer track add a dash of panache to an already stunning timepiece.

    The Saxon firm has aligned its marque with the world of historic, rare and prestigious cars since 2012 when it formed a partnership with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an annual event held on the shores of Lake Como. Likewise, in 2018 the firm became a partner of the Concours of Elegance, staged at Hampton Court Palace on the outskirts of London.

    The present unique piece was specially developed for the Concours of Elegance 2022 as demonstrated by the hinged caseback that is painstaking hand engraved with the Concours of Elegance logo.

    The hinged caseback opens to reveal the inhouse manual movement L951.5 in all its technicolor architectural beauty.

    The full proceeds of the present unique 1815 Chronograph “Hampton Court Edition” will go to The Prince's Trust. Founded in 1976 by His Majesty King Charles III, the charity supports young people transform their lives. The Prince’s Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1079675) and Scotland (SC041198).

  • 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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The present Lot is offered at No Reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 414.047
A unique white gold flyback chronograph with hinged caseback with proceeds going to charity

39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF1,058,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022