• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 279

    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare 18K gold limited edition twin barrel wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve and gold dial

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE I/SA, LANGE 1A MODEL, NO. 52/100, MOVEMENT NO. 7'452, CASE NO. 117'452, MANUFACTURED IN 1998

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    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare 18K gold limited edition twin barrel wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve and gold dial
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i/SA, Lange 1A model, No. 52/100, movement no. 7'452, case no. 117'452, manufactured in 1998
    Cal. L901.1 three quarter plate nickel-finished twin barrel lever movement, 53 jewels, screwed gold chatons, gold lever and gold escape wheel, finely hand-engraved gold pallet, escape wheel and balance bridges, swan neck regulator, engine-turned solid 18K gold dial, small eccentric hour dial, lozenge-shaped and applied gold Roman numerals, large double window for date, eccentric fan-shaped sector for power reserve, eccentric subsidiary seconds dial, large circular case, date change button in the band, downturned lugs, glazed back secured by six screws, 18K gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    With A. Lange & Söhne Proof of Origin dated 14 June 2006 confirming the sale of the present watch to an official retailer of Lange Uhren GmbH, Lange 1 Operating Instructions, copy of Wempe servicing invoice dated 2006, presentation box and outer packagings.

    Never been used since its overhaul at Wempe in 2006, the present watch is preserved in like new overall condition.

    A timepiece of extraordinary quality, the Lange 1A pays tribute to A. Lange & Söhne's historic pocketwatches bearing the distinction "1A" for their ultimate craftsmanship.

    Made in a strictly limited edition of only 100 examples in yellow gold distinguished by the hand engine-turned solid 18K gold dials, the "Lange 1A" commemorates the inauguration of the second Lange manufactory building in 1998. The model was in production between 1998 and 1999 and was immediately sold out.

    Of superb workmanship, the movement of the Lange 1A is fitted with a gold escape lever and gold escape wheel for which specially hardened white gold is used as it is much more wear-resistant than yellow gold. The pallet, escape wheel and balance bridges are also in gold and individually engraved by hand. The two tandem-wound mainspring barrels provide a power reserve of at least three days and allow a progressive power reserve indication.

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