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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 404.048F
    Movement No: 67'832
    Case No: 165’083, No. 2/10
    Model Name: Double Split Flyback
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, L001.1, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped A. Lange & Söhne Tokyo dated 6th July 2009, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its re-establishment of the firm, the Saxon-based manufacturer have been making some important moves in the industry. With the launch of the Lange 1 in 1994, A. Lange & Söhne has managed to plant a seed in the industry with its model eventually earning an iconic status as well as being the backbone for the firm. Shortly after in 1999, A. Lange & Söhne released the Datograph. Bearing the firm’s in-house manually-wound chronograph cal. L951.1, the Datograph was superbly impressive as the movement architecture was second to none.

    In 2004, the firm introduced the Double Split. Marking an important moment for the history of horology, the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split is the first wristwatch in the world to feature a flyback chronograph with double rattrapante mechanism. Housed in the large 43mm diameter case lies the metropolis of in-house caliber. L001.1. At immediate glance, most would think that the Double Split is just a pumped up variant of the Datograph due to its similar case design and dial layout. However, the Double Split is slightly more complex than your regular Datograph. Fitted with a split seconds hand, the chronograph is able to perform lap time measurements and time comparisons. With a movement that comprises of 465 individual components, the Double Split is most definitely a complicated timepiece to execute.

    Extremely desirable, the present Double Split is a rare gem, made in a limited edition of only 10 pieces specifically for the Japanese market, the present example is numbered 2, the second piece to be made with the unbeatable combination of an ash grey dial and yellow gold case. The condition, superbly preserved, a true classic and an undervalued complicated timepiece manufactured by one of the modern greats, this is a fantastic opportunity for discerned collectors to acquire a masterpiece of this era.

  • 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. 404.048F
A highly rare and impressive limited edition yellow gold double split seconds chronograph wristwatch with power reserve indication, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 2 of a limited edition of 10 pieces made for the Japanese market

Circa 2009
43mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$625,000 - 1,250,000 

Sold for HK$1,512,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022