A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2011
    Reference No: 824.035
    Movement No: 55'003
    Case No: 165'005
    Model Name: Double Split
    Material: Platinum and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L 001.1, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Service and Garantie booklet bearing Garantie card stamped by Kobe, Japan retailer Maison de Kamine and dated August 22, 2011 confirming sale of this watch with 48 baguette-cut Top Wesselton VVS diamonds for a total of 5.2 carats, instruction manual, leather wallet, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present wristwatch is a true revelation to the watchmaking industry featuring an outstandingly executed double split seconds and minute chronograph. Introduced to the public in 2004, the Lange Double Split was extremely well-received by connoisseurs of fine timepieces. Regarded as one of the most sophisticated wristwatches manufactured by the acclaimed Glashütte-based manufacturer, the present example is further lavishly garnished with 48 baguette-cut Top Wesselton VVS diamonds weighing a total of 5.2 carats set on the hefty 43mm diameter platinum case.

    The split seconds chronograph complication is one that is certainly admired by many, as it is extremely hard to execute and usually results in an aesthetically pleasing movement architecture. Although the split seconds chronograph might only feature an additional chronographic hand, the complication is certainly not as easy as it sounds. Originally developed to time two events happening simultaneously such as timing two individual racing cars in a circuit, A. Lange & Söhne took the split seconds chronograph to new heights by implementing a split minute counter. Overcoming one of the limitations of the split seconds chronograph as it only allows the wearer to time two events with a maximum difference in length superior to one minute only. However, the double split allows to record separate times with a maximum difference of 30 minutes. Extremely complex and daunting to execute, the Lange Double Split was one of the most well-received timepieces at the time of its launch.

    The present example was previously sold at PHILLIPS Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE on 28th November 2017, hammering above its high estimate. We are extremely delighted to offer the present example once again with all its accessories intact and its condition unchanged.

  • 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. 824.035
An extravagant, very rare and well-preserved platinum and diamond-set split second and minutes flyback chronograph wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

43mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$1,108,800

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

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