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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 252.025
    Movement No: 129’249
    Case No: 230’293
    Model Name: Richard Lange Jumping Seconds
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L094.1, 50 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Andrea Concato, Verona, dated 12th June 2018, instruction manual, leather folio, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Richard Lange Jumping Seconds was presented at SIHH in 2016, a mechanical masterpiece designed with perfection, the origin of this complication travels back to 1867 when Ferdinand Adolph Lange developed a one-second movement with jumping hand. In 1877, ten years after, the newly founded Imperial Patent Office granted him one of its first patents for his incredible invention.

    Cased in a modernized 40mm diameter platinum case, the ref. 252.025 sets stage on a rhodié silver dial with an ensemble of simply three large circles. Balancing in harmony, each circle devotes itself to the utmost degree of accuracy. With the large seconds circle taking the lead at the 12 o’clock position, the blue steel hand advances in exactly 60 steps per minute. Notably, the timepiece is also blessed with the zero-reset function which can be instantaneously reset to zero once the crown is pulled. A discreet feature of the power reserve sits in camouflage in-between the overlap space between the bottom circles, inside a triangular aperture, a subtle reminder in red to alert the owner to wound the watch on the 10th hour as the reserve depletes. Incredibly convenient and not to mention the effortlessness legibility, the Richard Lange Jumping seconds is truly a masterpiece that exemplifies simplicity.

    Offered by the original owner, this delightful timepiece was acquired during a spontaneous vacation in the city of Verona. Numbered 70 out of a limited edition of 100 pieces only, and is furthermore presented in excellent overall condition 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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Property from the Original Owner

Σ997

Ref. 252.025
A rare and attractive limited edition platinum wristwatch with jumping seconds, power reserve indication, zero-reset mechanism, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 70 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

Circa 2018
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$315,000 - 490,000 
€34,900-54,400
$40,400-62,800

Sold for HK$693,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021