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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: 221.027
    Movement No: 13’826
    Case No: 118’789
    Model Name: 1815 Up/Down
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. L942.1, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Lange buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne slip case.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Lange & Söhne’s 1815 collection is a modern day tribute to founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange who was born in 1815. It honors his exacting standards and precision quality with movements resembling pocket watches made during his time with three-quarter plate movement, blued screws and gold chatons. Lange worked diligently to consistently reproduce movements in a move toward standardization and better timekeeping. In 1879, A. Lange & Söhne was granted patent number 9349 for a device for pocket watches to indicate how much time remained before a watch was fully unwound.

    The 1815 Up/Down is reminiscent of chronometers with a power reserve, which were originally featured on chronometers. First released in 1995, the white gold version with blue dial like the present watch is an elegant and classic timepiece. The clean dial with the power reserve and subsidiary seconds at the 8 and 4 positions respectively is clear and easy to read. The watch has a refined style that is quintessential A. Lange & Söhne and wears comfortably on the wrist. In excellent overall condition this is a refined watch that meets the standards of the most discriminating collector.

  • 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. 221.027
An attractive white gold wristwatch with power reserve and blue dial

Circa 2002
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$62,000 - 94,000 

Sold for HK$137,500

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