A. Lange & Söhne - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: 702.025F
    Movement No: 40'066
    Case No: 150'088
    Model Name: Tourbograph Pour le Mérite
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Mechanical, L903.0, 43 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black A. Lange & Söhne crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 38/51
    Accessories: With A. Lange & Söhne loupe, polishing cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Produced in a limited edition series of 51 watches, the Tourbograph cased in platinum is one of Lange's most complicated watches to date. Based on the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite that premiered in 1994, this modern interpretation incorporates a fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon and further enhanced with a rattrapante chronograph. As the name ‘Tourbograph’ implies, this striking timepiece integrates a timekeeping mechanism and allows for time laps to be measured. The hand-engraved calibre L903.0 is comprised of no less than 1000 individual components and the tourbillon mechanism alone consists of 84 parts. It takes 30 days just to assemble each watch, and only 12 examples were crafted per year. Presented in excellent overall condition, the present watch demonstrates A. Lange & Söhne’s unrivalled craftsmanship and quintessential expertise.

  • 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. 702.025F
A very fine, rare and important platinum limited edition tourbillon double split seconds chronograph wristwatch with fusée-and-chain transmission

Circa 2011
41 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 38/51

HK$1,800,000 - 2,600,000 

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016