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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 112.021
    Movement No: 7’469
    Case No: 117’469, No. 69/100
    Model Name: Lange 1A
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.1, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne bracelet, max length 165mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee & service booklet, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1998, the Lange 1A ref. 112.021 was introduced as a limited edition of 100 pieces in yellow gold. An important reference for the firm, the present model is the very first limited edition Lange 1 and is the second limited edition model introduced by the firm since its re-establishment in 1994. Furthermore, it is the very first serially produced Lange wristwatch fitted with a solid gold dial. With a classic 38.5mm diameter case, one of the focuses since the re-establishment was its case construction. Günter Blümlein, co-founder of the modern A. Lange & Söhne, once said “I want our cases to give the feeling of closing a Mercedes door.”

    The most notable element of the present model is surely its dial. Composed of solid gold, it features a highly attractive radiant guilloche finish completed via a CNC machine. Matching harmoniously with its case and dial, the date discs are in fact also in a gold hue. All hands on the dial are gold with some examples from the series featuring blued hands, it is in fact believed that some examples featured customized elements during a time when the firm was slightly more flexible with customizations.

    The present example Lange 1 A ref. 112.021 in yellow gold and numbered 69 from circa 1998 features a rare and desirable 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne bracelet that was most likely a special request from the original owner. While it is not the first example surfaced with a yellow gold bracelet, examples that do feature them are certainly rare. Well-preserved, this important model will surely garner interest for the growing community of collectors seeking for fine and rare early Lange timepieces.

  • 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. 112.021
A very fine, early and rare limited edition yellow gold wristwatch with small seconds, date, power reserve indication, guilloche dial, bracelet and presentation box, numbered 69 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

Circa 1998
38.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$315,000 - 630,000 
€37,000-73,900
$40,400-80,800

Sold for HK$1,890,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022