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

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2018
    Reference No: 191.028
    Movement No: 128'770
    Case No: 236'629
    Model Name: Lange 1 "Blue Series"
    Material: 18k White gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L121.1, 43 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped "Mezger Uhren und Juwelen" dated April 20th, 2018, instruction manual, product literature, cloth, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Part of a limited series production released in 2017, the A.Lange & Söhne "Blue Series" was part of a selection of restyled models which all featured similar blue dials. The other emblematic models were the Lange 1 Daymatic, Saxonia, and Saxonia Automatic. The series took its interesting blue dial design from older, classical pieces like Lange's reference 101.027 from the 90's. Other than the dial color, the Lange 1 remains virtually unchanged, with its asymmetric dial design and carefully designed date windows, which were inspired by the Five-Minute Clock at Semper Opera House in Dresden.

    Instantly recognizable, the dial lay out is visually well balanced thanks to the proportions, which were carefully calculated following the Golden Ratio. Inside, the watch houses the 2015 caliber L121.1, a manual wind movement with big date, hour, minute, and small seconds complications boasting a 72 hour power reserve. Furthermore, the balance-cock features the signature artistic flourish engraved by one of Lange’s master engravers.

    While the series is not a limited edition, the Blue Series was produced in low numbers and as a one-off production, making it a rare and scarce variant of its kind. Preserved in pristine condition and coming with its original full set of accessories, the timepiece is a modern iteration of Lange's rich history and certainly an opportunity best not to be missed.

  • 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. 191.028
An elegant and fine white gold wristwatch with blue dial, large date display, guarantee, and presentation box

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF52,920

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022