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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 310.025
    Movement No: 49'618
    Case No: 159'471
    Model Name: Langematik Perpetual
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L922.1 SAX-O-MAT, 43 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: A. Lange & Sohne platinum pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Sohne Internationales Lange-Garantie-Siegel stamped by Puerto Rico retailer Club Jibarito and dated December 23, 2005, setting pin, instruction booklet, watch winder instruction booklet, leather folder, electric winding box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The A. Lange & Sohne Langematik Perpetual executes of the most appreciated and timeless sets of complications - the perpetual calendar with moon phases - with an undisputedly Lange style, both in terms of aesthetics and also in terms of mechanics, for a truly exceptional timepiece perfect as an everyday watch, and equally collectible.

    Aesthetically, the date windows at 12 immediately identify the watch as an unmistakable product of the hallowed Saxon manufacturer, and further inspection of the dial highlights an outstanding - and absolutely German - attention to details. From the applied numerals placed on a raised track on the outside of the dial, to the recessed subsidiary dials, the technical execution of the dial is simply flawless. The day/night indication is included inside the subsidiary counter at 9 o’ clock, but the leap year cycle features a separate counter overlapping with the subdial at 3. This layout results in a slightly asymmetric design, which grants enhanced visual flair and movement to the ensemble.

    Technically, the Sax-O-Mat calibre is a joy to behold: the 21K gold rotor rimmed with platinum (for increased mass, and thus winding efficiency) is nestled inside the 3/4 plate; the balance wheel with the hand-chased balance bridge is visible on the remaining open quarter. The entire movement exudes precision, technological excellence, and sports absolute stunning finish. Furthermore, it features some extremely useful technical feats, most notably the zero-reset mechanism and the calendar correction system.
    The zero-reset causes the seconds hand to jump back to zero once the crown is pulled out, thus allowing for perfect synchronization with, for example, a time signal. The calendar correction is operated via four pushers in the band. Three of them (month, day and moon phases) work as usually seen in calendar watches: one depression causes one advancement of the relative indication. The date pusher, however, causes the entire calendar (date, day, moon phases) to collectively move forward. Thus, if the watch is left unused for a few days, correcting the date via the pusher automatically ensures that the entire calendar, moon phases included, is back in sync. This is a very unusual feature: normally, with perpetual calendar watches the moon phase indication does not advance when the date is activated, only the day of the week does, thus resulting in an unsynchronized moon phase and the need for additional operations to correct it.

  • 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. 310.025
A very fine, rare and attractive platinum automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year cycle indication, day/night indication, Garantie and winding box

38.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$280,000 - 360,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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