A. Lange & Söhne - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2002
    Reference No: 101.049
    Movement No: 37’018
    Case No: 148’318
    Model Name: Lange 1 Cellini
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.901.0, 53 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 International Guarantee dated April 29, 2004, A. Lange & Söhne Cellini fitted presentation box, leather envelope, product literature, polish cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 is a superb modern classic of 20th century horology. First released in 1994, the watch displays a classic contemporary look, which a quarter of a century later, has a sophisticated appeal for its design and technical innovation. The dial is clear and legible with the now famous patented oversized date apertures inspired by the Five-Minute Clock of the Semper Opera House in Dresden. The eccentric hours indication further set the brand apart from all others with their incredible vision.

    The present Lange 1 Cellini model was produced in a limited edition of 25 timepieces celebrating the 25th anniversary of the famed Cellini Jewelers. Established in 1977 by Leon Adams, originally at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Cellini is known for their rare gems and haute horologerie. At a time when quartz movements were taking hold, Adams realized the importance of traditional horology and masterful craftsmanship of mechanical movements. Early on, Cellini offered clients Audemars Piguet and Omega wristwatches and later was one of the first to sell A. Lange & Söhne, F. P. Journe, DeBethune and Frank Muller.

    Featuring a luminous dial and hands, this timepiece is in excellent overall condition and complete with guarantee dated April 29, 2004 and Cellini presentation box.

  • 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. 101.049
A very rare and attractive platinum wristwatch with white dial, date, power reserve, guarantee and presentation box, limited edition of 25 pieces made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Cellini

38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $40,640

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