A. Lange & Söhne - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 101.031
    Movement No: 6’554
    Case No: 117’160
    Model Name: Lange 1
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L901.0, 53 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 38.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Walter Lange re-established, in 1990, the revered brand once founded by his great-grandfather in Glashütte. The first collection, which was comprised of four watches, was initially presented in 1994 and immediately rose to the forefront of haute horology. One of these four watches was the timeless and now iconic Lange 1. First introduced 25 years ago, its unorthodox off-centre dial layout, its revolutionary design, and its great technical quality made it an instant icon.

    The reference 101.031 was introduced in 1998 as part of an expansion of the Lange 1 repertoire, and made available in the striking combination of 18K pink gold with black dial. Early pink gold Lange 1 cases are fully polished, rather than polished sides and bezel with brushed finishing to the caseback. To further set this example apart, it bears an early “MIG” dial, with the earliest font for the “Made in Germany” designation. The subdials are very subtly guillochéd, adding a touch of contrast against the inky blackness of the dial.

  • 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. 101.031
A rare and attractive pink gold wristwatch with oversized date and power reserve

Circa 1998
38.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $30,240

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022