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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 403.041F
    Movement No: 72’899
    Case No: 176’736
    Model Name: Datograph “Yellow Jacket”
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.1 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Sincere Fine Watches Singapore dated 8th May 2012, instruction manual, leather folder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1999, and widely regarded by collectors as one of the finest timepieces of modern times, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph dubbed the Dufourgraph takes its moniker from Mr Philippe Dufour who stated the design is one of the best chronograph ever made. Since its re-establishment of the manufacture, A. Lange & Söhne has been creating some of the most impressive timepieces executed to the highest quality. Featuring the newly conceived calibre L951.1 raised the bar for every watchmaker out there, independent, or not, and marked the begging of a new era.

    Originally launched in platinum and followed by pink gold a few years later, the present Datograph in yellow gold is as elusive as it is mysterious. It is believed that around 2007 at the SIHH in Geneva, A. Lange and Söhne representatives were wrist testing the Yellowjacket (dubbed as such due to the colour resemblance to a wasp found in Europe and North America) to understand how the market would react. The watch was offered to the public but never took presence in the brand’s catalogue. It is believed that only a small production was ever made in yellow gold until it was discontinued in 2009.

    Making its debut in the auction market in PHILLIPS Retrospective Auction, the reference achieved 176,400 CHF in 2020, the Yellow Jacket is surely a rare gem that will garner the attention from collectors of the finest metropolis-like movement ever made. Preserved in excellent overall condition, the present Datograph from circa 2008 belongs not only to the first generation of the model but part of the elusively produced collection.

  • 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. 403.041F
A very rare and attractive yellow gold flyback chronograph wristwatch with large date, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2012
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$470,000 - 940,000 

Sold for HK$2,142,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021