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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: 704.032
    Movement No: 16’266
    Case No: 116/250, 129’116
    Model Name: Lange 1 Tourbillon
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L961.1, 49 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: A. Lange and Söhne International Guarantee dated 06. 2002, leather presentation box, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Lange and Söhne has long been associated with both its intriguing 176 year history as well as its excellence in traditional watchmaking and precision time keeping. Founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolf Lange, the brand was a power house of German engineering and mechanical innovation. During World War II the company was nationalized and ceased operations in 1948 following Russian occupation of Eastern Germany post WWII. With the demise of the Soviet Union in 1989, Walter Lange re-established the brand founded by his great-grandfather in Glashütte in 1990.

    The brand’s first modern collection, comprised of four wristwatches, was launched in 1994 and immediately brought A Lange & Söhne to the forefront of haute horology once again. One of the four timepieces offered at the time was the timeless and now iconic Lange One. A contemporary timepiece, the model combined the skill and knowledge first learned during the 19th century, featuring a three-quarter plate movement with screwed gold chatons and hand-finished surfaces, while the dial featured an off-centered layout and oversized date windows. Since the Lange One was first released, the brand has gone on to create many iterations of this classic timepiece.

    To commemorate the new millennium, A. Lange & Söhne released a series of Lange 1 models including the present limited edition Lange 1 Tourbillon, produced in 250 pink gold and 150 platinum examples. Housed in a 38.5mm diameter case, the model is classic Lange 1 with a cut out window at the 5 o’clock for the tourbillon, which is composed of 72 individual parts. The present example, number 116, is in excellent, hardly-worn condition and is complete with guarantee and presentation box. Dating from the turn of the 21st century, this is a rare opportunity for collectors to own a prestigious tourbillon model from one of the most admired brands on the market today.

  • 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. 704.032
A fine and attractive limited edition pink gold tourbillon wristwatch with date and power reserve, with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2002
38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $94,500

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021