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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 140.048
    Movement No: 97'997
    Case No: 206'318
    Model Name: Lange Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, L043.4, 78 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black A. Lange & Söhne crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 18/30
    Accessories: With A. Lange & Söhne Garantie dated 27 January 2013, polishing cloth, instruction manual, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘The Zeitwerk’ is one of A. Lange and Söhne’s trademark references, with the present model being rarest among the Zeitwerk series. When A. Lange and Söhne first introduced the Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst in 2012, all 30 models were immediately reserved, meaning that no pieces were ever available to public.

    The Zeitwerk Handwerkskun’s robust case is 41.9 mm in diameter. It is made entirely with platinum, accompanied with polished bezel and lugs, and brushed sides. The hand chiseled dial, reflected by the reference’s name Handwerkskunst, is particularly unique. Rendered with a special burin, the dial showcases a unique grainy texture called “tremblage”. Across the dial is a silver time bridge made of rhodium-plated German silver, which provides an eye catching contrast in texture.

    The watch’s skeletonized caseback allows the wearer to view Lange Calibre L043.1 in action, the jump hours powered by a constant force escapement. The Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst is truly a marvel to admire and the present watch is in unused condition.

  • 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. 140.048
An extremely fine and very rare platinum limited edition wristwatch with digital time display, power reserve, hack feature and hand chiseled dial

Circa 2013
42 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 18/30

HK$1,000,000 - 2,000,000 

Sold for HK$1,240,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am