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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 136

    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine 18K gold twin barrel wristwatch with oversized date and power reserve

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE I/SA, LANGE 1 MODEL, REF. 101.021, MOVEMENT NO. 18'133, CASE NO. 128'893, MANUFACTURED IN 2000

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    A. Lange & Söhne. A fine 18K gold twin barrel wristwatch with oversized date and power reserve
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA, Lange 1 model, ref. 101.021, movement no. 18'133, case no. 128'893, manufactured in 2000
    Cal. L901.0 three quarter plate twin barrel nickel-finished lever movement, 53 jewels, screwed gold chatons, finely hand-engraved balance bridge, swan neck regulator, silvered dial, applied gold lozenge-shaped and Roman numerals, large double window for date, eccentric aperture for power reserve, subsidiary seconds dial, circular case, glazed display back secured by six screws, 18K gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    With A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee Certificate dated 14 December 2000 and stamped by W. Becker & Cie. KG, operating instructions, original fitted black leather presentation box and outer packaging.

    Introduced in 1994, the Lange 1 is the first Lange watch of the new era and represents a culmination of what connoisseurs of fine watches associate with the legendary "A. Lange & Söhne" heritage.

    The patented, oversized date demonstrates how tradition and ingenuity can come together in style. This useful display, inspired by the digital clock in Dresden's Semper Opera, improves the legibility of the date by about three times in comparison with conventional displays.

    The solid silver dial features the characteristic off-centre displays indicating the hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve.

    The watch is fitted with Lange's hand-wound calibre L901.0, the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing. The twin mainspring barrels provide a power reserve of three days when fully wound. It furthermore features a stop second mechanism activated when the crown is pulled out and a patented twin-disc mechanism for the display of the oversized date.

    For a note on A. Lange & Söhne see lot 22 in this auction.