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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 704.025
    Movement No: 16’150
    Case No: 129’372, 122/150
    Model Name: Lange 1 Tourbillon
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L961.1, 49 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne associated presentation box. Further delivered with A. Lange & Söhne Proof of Origin dated 17th August 2020.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Packed with the firm’s heritage of fine timepieces, the Lange 1 Tourbillon is with no doubt an emblematic example of the Lange 1 still retaining its iconic asymmetric dial layout with an oversized date display. With the Lange 1 originally released in 1994, the Lange 1 Tourbillon was released as a limited edition in precious metals ion 2000: 18K pink gold in 250 pieces, 165 pieces in Honey gold, and lastly 150 pieces in platinum such as the present example.

    Originated from the Lange 1’s DNA, the Lange 1 Tourbillon steals your attention with its ample aperture showcasing the stunning tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock. With the redesign of a smaller sub seconds incorporated on the time display, the tourbillon is exposed for full enjoyment. Housed inside a 38.5mm diameter platinum case is a delicate in-house movement featuring its classic ¾ plate in German silver and its meticulous hand-engraved balance cork. Composed of 378 parts with 72 individual parts for the tourbillon, the cal. L961.1 is superbly finished.

    The present example numbered 122 of a limited edition of 150 pieces is presented in attractive overall condition. Furthermore, the interesting factor of this present piece is the patina that has developed on the originally silver movement which has now developed uniformly to a much warmer gold hue creating a wonderful contrast against the desired and rare platinum case.

  • 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. 704.025
A very rare and attractive limited edition platinum tourbillon wristwatch with small seconds, date, power reserve indication and box, numbered 122 of a limited edition of 150 pieces

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

HK$560,000 - 1,120,000 

Sold for HK$1,008,000

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Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I

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