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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: 236.049
    Movement No: 111’992
    Case No: No. 88/200, 220’288
    Model Name: 1815 Anniversary F. A. Lange
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.051.1, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee dated 5 June, 2015, presentation box, leather envelope with product literature, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 2015, the 1815 Anniversary F.A. Lange limited edition wristwatch commemorates the 200th anniversary of the firm’s founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, born in Dresden on 18 February 1815. The brand’s 1815 collection was launched in 1999 as a tribute to their founder honoring his exacting standards and precision quality movements, which today resemble pocket watches made during Ferdinand’s time. They feature three-quarter plates, blued screws, hand-engraved balance cocks, and gold chatons. Lange worked diligently to consistently reproduce movements in a move toward standardization and better timekeeping, as well as advance mechanical standards. In 1879, A. Lange & Söhne was granted patent number 9349 for a pocket watch movement that indicated how much time remained before a watch was fully unwound, which today collectors know as a power reserve.
    The 1815 collection is known for precision timepieces in a wide variety of models including the Grande Complication masterpiece, annual calendars and chronographs, perpetual calendars with split-seconds, and time only wristwatches like the present lot. Each model is a tribute to the horological traditions Ferdinand Adolph Lange sought to achieve with one common design attribute found on each model: the railway-track minute scale. The reference 236.049 is a quintessential timepiece that defines the classic iconic wristwatches from this famed brand.
    This limited edition 1815 Anniversary F. A. Lange wristwatch is number 88 of 200 and offered in excellent condition complete with box and papers. The platinum case is elegantly offset by the black dial with a strong masculine appeal, and powered by the caliber L051.1 with hand engraved balance cock. The present model is a wonderful addition to any collection, both for its rarity and technical excellence.

  • 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. 236.049
A fine limited edition platinum wristwatch with black dial, original guarantee and presentation box, numbered 88 of 200

Circa 2015
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $35,280

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021