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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 402.026
    Movement No: 83’055
    Case No: 208’300
    Model Name: 1815 Chronograph
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.5, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo dated 22nd November 2013, instruction manual, leather folio, service invoice, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Executed to perfection, the 1815 flyback chronograph is a statement to the industry of the level of precision and micro engineering that A. Lange & Söhne is capable of taking inspiration from the brand’s historic pocket chronographs, the 1815 chronograph debuted in 2004 and was available in an attractive combination of a white gold case paired with argenté dial and blued steel hands with the ref 401.026, as well as a pink gold version with matching pink gold hands on black dial with ref, 401.031. On the movement side, a horological metropolis from the L.951.0 can be witnessed composed of the firm’s signature German silver with a hand-engraved balance cock. Practically the same calibre as the Datograph with the absence of the big date mechanism, the movement and its architecture is perhaps where most would surrender to.

    The collection had an evolution of a total of three generation with design nuances that sets them apart. Introduced with the ref. 401.026 measuring at 39.5mm, the design is kept rather simple and elegant featuring an attractive sloped outer ring that carries the pulsometer scale, logo and two recessed registers sitting slightly below the crown. Passing the baton with the discontinuation of the first generation, in 2010 A. Lange & Söhne took on a new minimalistic approach with the second generation ref. 402.026. Arguably being one of the purest execution amongst the three generations, the first and foremost obvious distinction from its siblings is the absence of the pulsometer scale. Consecutively, this arrangement allows a more spacious canvas for larger display of the registers. Furthermore, the logo is repositioned to take the centre stage of the dial resulting a much cleaner and legible design. Fitted with a more superior addition of the calibre L951.5, the movement features a vast array of important technical advancements such as the free-sprung in-house balance wheel and spring with a power reserve of 60 hours instead of 36 like its predecessor. Lastly, the third generation from 2015 and still part of the current offerings from the brand brought back the signature pulsometer scale however with larger registers and bolder fonts.

    The present example second generation A. Lange & Söhne 1815 chronograph in 18K white gold fitted with an attractive and clean silvery dial with blued hands is with no doubt a handsome timepiece. Offered with the full set of accessories, the watch is also presented in excellent overall condition and is the perfect additional for the purist.

  • 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. 402.026
A fine and attractive white gold flyback chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2013
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022