• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 282

    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare platinum limited edition twin barrel one minute tourbillon wristwatch with oversized date and power reserve

    SIGNED A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE I/SA, LANGE 1 TOURBILLON MODEL, NO. 37/150, MOVEMENT NO. 16'129, CASE NO. 129'287, CIRCA 2000

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    A. Lange & Söhne. A very fine and rare platinum limited edition twin barrel one minute tourbillon wristwatch with oversized date and power reserve
    Signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte I/SA, Lange 1 Tourbillon model, No. 37/150, movement no. 16'129, case no. 129'287, circa 2000
    Cal. L961.1 three quarter plate gilt-finished twin barrel lever movement, 49 jewels and 2 diamond endstones, screwed gold chatons, gold lever and gold escape wheel, finely hand-engraved gold bridges, three-armed polished steel tourbillon carriage visible through a glazed aperture in the solid silver dial, eccentric hour dial with applied Roman and baton numerals, large double window for date, eccentric aperture for power reserve, large circular case, date change button in the band, downturned lugs, glazed display back secured by six screws, platinum A. Lange & Söhne buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    With A. Lange & Söhne Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, copy of Wempe servicing invoice dated 2007, original fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    Since its overhaul in 2007, the watch has not been used since and is preserved in like new overall condition.

    100 years after the World Exhibition
    At the 1900 World Exposition in Paris, Emil Lange presented a pocket watch fitted with a one minute tourbillon to an awed group of experts. It was the determination to greet the new century with another stunning horological accomplishment that inspired the creation of the Lange 1 Tourbillon exactly 100 years later.

    Launched in 2000, the Lange 1 Tourbillon was in production until 2003 and made in a strictly limited edition of 150 examples in platinum and 250 examples in pink gold. It is the world's first wristwatch combining a tourbillon, a patented oversized date, twin barrels for the three day power reserve and a progressive power reserve indicator.

    The movement is composed of 378 parts, the tourbillon consists of 72 pieces, its miniature steel cage is suspended between two diamond endstones and contains the balance wheel, the balance spring and the escapement.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.