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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 250. 032
    Movement No: 81’261
    Case No: No. 35/75, 191’225
    Model Name: Richard Lange Referenzuhr
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.033.1, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 40.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne International Guarantee, presentation box, leather wallet, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richard Lange was F. A. Lange’s eldest son who joined his father’s firm in 1868 as factory director, and like his father, he was a passionate watchmaker who sought to advance precision timing with mechanical finesse. During his tenure, the firm patented complications from split-seconds chronographs to dead-beat seconds timepieces, as well as patent number 9349 for an up/down power reserve indicator. In 1994 the firm was re-established by Walter Lange, great-grandson of the founder, with a collection of four wristwatches representing the company’s principles of craftsmanship, technical innovation, and modern design. As a tribute to Richard Lange, the firm in 2006 released a collection with his name featuring a time only wristwatch with center seconds, made in the four precious metals. Since that time, they have released other Richard Lange models including the limited edition Referenzuhr model in 2010 with 125 examples in platinum, and like the present model number 35, 75 pink gold wristwatches.

    Like all A. Lange & Söhne watches, timekeeping and precision timing are part of their DNA going back to their founding in 1845. Their movements are known and appreciated by collectors for exacting craftsmanship and traditional watchmaking with a distinct identity. The Referenezuhr is a modern limited edition with a case and dial that fully displays the spirit and soul of A. Lange & Söhne. The 40.5mm diameter case is enhance by a clean dial with an oversized seconds dial at the 8 o'clock, and a smaller power reserve at 4 o'clock. The watch is powered by the caliber L033.1 with zero reset mechanism that is activated through the pushers at 2 o'clock , which resets the seconds hand to zero, thus allowing for extremely precise timing.

    The present example, consigned by its original owner, is offered in outstanding condition, and accompanied by its international guarantee and 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. 250. 032
An attractive limited edition pink gold wristwatch with zero-reset mechanism and power reserve with guarantee and presentation box, numbered 35 of 75

Circa 2010
40.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, buckle signed.

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $44,100

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022