A. Lange & Söhne - Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I Hong Kong Thursday, July 21, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2016
    Reference No: 405.031
    Movement No: 115’609
    Case No: 226’543
    Model Name: Datograph Up/Down
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.951.6, 46 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee stamped Oriental Watch Co. Hong Kong dated 13th October 2016, leather folio, additional watch case, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced into the market in the 1999 Baselworld, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph was a game-changer in the history of horology and an impressive achievement for the German brand. Cased in a 39mm platinum and fitted with a rich black dial, the flyback function of the Datograph allows the chronograph to be instantly reset to zero and started again in the midst of an ongoing measurement by simply pushing down the chronograph button. As soon as the button is released, a new timing cycle commences.

    Though the first generation Datograph was made available in other case metals and dial variants during its production period between 1999 and 2012, the platinum case and black dial is the original Datograph that captured the admiration of so many collectors and connoisseurs when it first appeared at Baselworld in 1999. Some of the most recognizable and authoritative voices in the watch industry cite the Datograph as one of their favorite timepieces, including revered independent watchmaker, Philippe Dufour.

    Debuted in 2012 as the second generation of the Datograph with two variants: platinum ref. 405.035 and pink gold ref 405.031 like the present example, there are design upgrades such as the increased case diameter at 41mm, the change of hour markers from Roman numerals to baton indexes, and most importantly, the addition of a power reserve indication at 6 o’clock indicated as “AB” and “AUF” also known as the Up/Down. Thanks to the sublime technical prowess, the new in-house calibre L.951.6 provides a power reserve of 60 hours and has an in house free-sprung balance and balance wheel with overcoil. The entire movement can be brilliantly admire through the sapphire caseback where each intricate detail of the famed metropolis are exquisitely displayed. With surging demand for timepiece from the Glashutte brand in recent times, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph is truly one of the most collectible timepiece adorned by collectors. Presented in excellent overall condition, the present timepiece is furthermore offered by the original owner.

  • 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

Σ810

Ref. 405.031
A fine and attractive pink gold flyback chronograph wristwatch with oversized date display, power reserve indication, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2016
41mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$350,000 - 630,000 
€42,700-76,900
$44,900-80,800

Sold for HK$529,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I

21-27 July 2022 (Registration ends 6pm HKT 26 July)