A. Lange & Söhne - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 231.035
    Movement No: 14'155
    Case No: 124'282
    Model Name: 1815 Moonphase
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, L943.1, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black A. Lange & Söhne crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 32/150
    Accessories: With A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee Certificate dated 21 December 1999, setting pin, polishing cloth, instruction manual, carrying case, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Emil Lange’s birth in 1999, the present watch was made in a limited edition of 150 examples in platinum. The black dial depicts the Big Dipper constellation, which is one of the most distinctive asterisms in the sky. To further highlight the astronomical theme, the hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are replaced with applied stars. The moon phase is automatically adjusted twice a day and is exactly calculated to deviate only one day from the moon’s actual orbit in 1,000 years.

  • 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. 231.035
A very fine and rare platinum limited edition astronomical wristwatch, made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Emil Lange's birth

Circa 1999
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 32/150

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$225,000

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