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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: 405.034
    Movement No: 136’720
    Case No: 235’796
    Model Name: Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L951.7, 46 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and clasp
    Accessories: Further accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped DC dated 1st April 2019, instruction manual, product literature, cloth, leather folio, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The A. Lange & Söhne Datograph is arguably one of the most fascinating pieces for collectors to admire, and still is. With a beautiful combination of traditional watchmaking and fine aesthetics, the Datograph displays a well-balanced dial layout on the front and when flipped to the movement side, a horological metropolis is precisely featured captivating the minds of the most discerned connoisseurs. Traditionally produced in platinum and rose gold with a solid black dial, the “Lumen” transcends a completely fresh appeal to the famed model.

    First introduced in December 2018, the Datograph “Lumen” was launched as a limited edition series of 200 pieces. Differentiating from its regular peers, the dial is where the magic happens. With a complex construction of the main dial in tinted sapphire, the translucency allows the main plate below to be exhibited, proudly displaying its precise perlage finish on the surface. Although many may think that the implementation of the tinted sapphire was purely for aesthetics, it serves an important purpose. The tinted sapphire dial allows the luminous material to absorb UV rays from daylight to be luminous at night. This feature applies to all luminous components on the dial including the tachymeter scale, subsidiary dials, date and power reserve indicator. Without haste, the “Lumen” bears the same legendary caliber L951.7 as the regular model. Referred by many as one of the most impressive chronograph movements, the caliber consists of an impressive 454 components in total.

    The present example Datograph “Lumen” numbered 91 of a limited edition of 200 pieces is presented in “like new” condition and complete of all accessories that came with the watch. This is an important opportunity for the most discerned connoisseurs of A. Lange & Söhne to acquire a highly attractive, rare and sought after limited edition Datograph in pristine condition.

  • 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. 405.034
An extremely fine, rare and well preserved limited edition platinum chronograph wristwatch with luminous date, power reserve indication, subsidiary dials, outer track, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 91 of a limited edition of 200 pieces

Circa 2019
41mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement and clasp

HK$860,000 - 1,200,000 

Sold for HK$1,062,500

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019