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

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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: A. Lange & Söhne
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 182.086
    Movement No: 150’032
    Case No: 256’499
    Model Name: Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L121.2, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle
    Dimensions: 36.8mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne guarantee, fitted presentation box, setting pin, leather envelope and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    When Ferdinand A. Lange’s great-grandson, Walter Lange, relaunched A. Lange & Söhne in 1990, following the reunification of Germany, his first mission was to design a new face for the company. In tandem with brilliant visionary Günter Blümelin, they designed an asymmetrical dial using the harmonious proportions of the golden ratio, and the oversized date aperture was directly inspired by the Five-Minute Clock of the Semper Opera House in Dresden. A. Lange & Söhne first introduced the Lange 1 model in 1994 which to many collectors is the most recognizable watch manufactured by the brand. Fitted with the oversized date, power reserve and eccentric time display with subsidiary seconds, the model has been revised over the years to include complications and a larger case diameter, however its bold and masculine appeal has been appreciated since the watch was released almost thirty years ago.

    In 1998, Lange introduced the Little Lange 1 with smaller, 36.8mm diameter case giving this cult favourite a more feminine appeal. The present Little Lange 1 Moon Phase was introduced in 2021 featuring a sparkling, dark blue “gold flux” dial with whimsical star-shaped hour markers made of white gold. Housing the new generation caliber L121, the watch is a technical marvel with moon phase and gold flux dial. Similar to aventurine glass, gold flux has a visual appeal that sparkles and is reminiscent of the night sky. The model was offered with a standard non decorated bezel, like the present example, and a diamond-set bezel.

    Offered by the original owner and presented in hardly worn condition with its factory stickers still present, the present Little Lange 1 is an ideal companion with a riveting celestial dial and harmonious case profile.

    CONSIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER

  • 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. 182.086
A fine and attractive white gold wristwatch with dark-blue gold flux dial, oversized date, moon phase, power reserve, guarantee, and presentation box

2022
36.8mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed.

Estimate
$25,000 - 50,000 
CHF23,700-47,500
€24,200-48,400
HK$196,000-391,000
S$34,400-68,800

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022