A. Lange & Söhne - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: 101.027X
    Movement No: 61’375
    Case No: 174’311
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Proof of Origin stamped Lange Uhren GmbH dated 26th April 2022 and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the introduction of Lange 1 in 1994, the color blue has always been used in a sparingly manner in A. Lange & Söhne’s collection and often on rare models. From 1995 with the Lange 1 in yellow gold with blued hands ref. 101.022, the blue series ref. 101.027 in white gold, or the brand’s 25th anniversary series ref. 191.066, these dashes of blue sparks true joy to collectors of the brand.

    A timepiece that never appeared in the catalogue of A. Lange & Söhne, the “secret” reference 101.027X in white gold featuring a set of blued hands had an interesting back story of its origin. According to scholars, the reference was meant to be launched in celebration of an important milestone for Dresden and Saxony’s UNESCO Heritage Site particularly the Loschwitz Bridge coloured in blue also known as the Blue Wonder, hence the touch of blued hands. The present Lange 1 ref. 101.027X with pure aesthetics is a timepiece of extreme rarity, its production numbers are shrouded in secrecy and only a few examples have resurfaced in the market. Reaching new heights with amazing results during our PHILLIPS Geneva XV auction in 2022 of CHF 138,600, this is another chance for the discerned collector to obtain this rare bird. For those who seeks an extremely collectible and well-preserved model from the Glashütte brand, we are delighted that your hunt is over.

  • 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. 101.027X
An extremely scarce and attractive white gold wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve indication, blued hands and presentation box

Circa 2000s
38.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$350,000 - 650,000 

Sold for HK$466,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)