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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 760.025F
    Movement No: 88’631
    Case No: 198’370, 062/100
    Model Name: Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, L072.1, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41.9mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Pro Hopetime Watch Co. Hong Kong dated 24th November 2012, cloth, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced since 2011, the Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite were available in different metals: white gold, pink gold, and two limited edition variants with 15 pieces for Handwerkskunst honey gold and 100 pieces in platinum, like the present example. Inspired by the precision chronometer No. 93 pocket watch crafted by principal pioneer of Saxon watchmaking in the 18th century, Johann Heinrich Seyffert, the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite reflects Seyffert’s quest for horological perfection with an impressive contemporary interpretation by the brand.

    The first feature connoisseurs would notice is the ensemble of three overlapping circles on its argenté silver dial. Balancing in harmony, each circle devotes itself to the utmost degree of accuracy, starting with the dominant element of a large minute circle taking the lead at the top hovering over the two smaller subdials for seconds from the left, and hours indicated with Roman numerals on the right. At the intersection of the lower subdials, a remarkable feature enables a splendid unobstructed view of the one-minute tourbillon rotating in its full glory. Patented as a pivoting dial with a hidden segment, the Roman numerals VII, IX and X are set on a separate dial segment that will pivot instantaneously into the aperture to complete the hour scale between 6 and 12 o’clock. The motion is generated by an ingenious switching mechanism, which assures that the dial segment is advanced by 90 degrees in increments of six hours. Coupled with a patented stop-seconds mechanism, the tourbillon can be halted simply by pulling the crown, allowing the time displayed by the watch to be set to one-second accuracy.

    Housed inside the spectacular case reveals the sophisticated in-house cal. L072.1. With 351 individual components assembled to achieve such feat, the meticulous fusée-and-chain transmission alone comprises of 636 parts assembled in the likes of a bicycle chain. With exactly 36 hours from the full winding, which is precisely calculated for the optimal result for accuracy, a locking device blocks the power transmission when the seconds hand hits zero. Thus, the watch ensures the constant torque throughout its power reserve. Finished with uncompromisingly German quality and details such as the signature hand-engraved balance cock, the three-quarter plate of untreated German silver, to the diamond endstone secured in a screwed gold chaton, the watch is an exquisite masterpiece.

    Numbered 62 out of a limited edition of 100 pieces only, the present timepiece underscores with exclusivity is furthermore preserved in excellent overall condition and accompanied with its original guarantee and full accessories. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a rare treat for collectors that appreciate both technical ingenuity and genuine beauty.

  • 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. 760.025F
A rare and attractive limited edition platinum tourbillon wristwatch with fusée-and-chain and stop seconds mechanism, pivoting dial, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 62 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

Circa 2012
41.9mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$310,000 - 625,000 

Sold for HK$932,400

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022