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 2012
    Reference No: 221.025
    Movement No: 4915
    Case No: 114’951
    Model Name: 1815 Up/Down
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, L942.1, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35.9mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee dated 23rd July 2012 stamped Yes Watch Co. LTD Hong Kong, instruction manual, product literature, leather folio, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A. Lange & Söhne 1815 collection was named after Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s birth year. The collection is a tribute to the historic significance with the patent (No. 9349) that was acquired by the brand in 1879 – The subject was “Device in pocket watches for recognizing whether the watch is wound or unwound and for indicating how much times remains before it reaches the total unwound state.”

    This was the birth of 1815 Up/Down in 1997 where it makes its first appearance on A. Lange & Söhne catalogue. It was a no-nonsense, highly legible and incredibly attractive watch. Come 2008, A. Lange & Söhne discontinued the 35.9mm version and relaunch the series in 2013 with a makeover of ref. 234.032.

    The 1815 Up/Down ref. 221.025 measuring at 35.9mm diameter is one of the first models manufactured in the 90s. Fitted in a rare and sophisticated platinum case, the present model can be identified by its “Gangreserve” power reserve indication at 8 o’clock. Aesthetically slim and serene with its effortless dial display with classic rail-way track and Saxon dotted markers, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down features stunning blue-steeled hands marking the passage of time with elegance. Powered by calibre L942.1 beating at 3Hz with a power reserve of 45 hours, the movement bears a hacking seconds function. Not to mention the astonishing finishing of the German brand that collectors adore, the three-quarter plate with exquisite hand-engravings and finishing are a pleasure to observe.

    Presented with all the accompanying accessories, the 1815 up/down is a traditional German watch all around. It’s a piece that brings any collector into the world of A. Lange & Söhne that reflect tradition and charms on what the brand represents.

  • 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. 221.025
A fine and attractive platinum wristwatch with small hacking seconds, power reserve indication, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2012
35.9mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$65,000 - 125,000 

Sold for HK$226,800

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Hong Kong: Watches Online Auction I

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