• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2735

    Important Watches

    2 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2781

    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, TOURBOGRAPH "POUR LE MÉRITE"

    PLATINUM MANUALLY-WOUND TOURBILLON DOUBLE SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION, LIMITED EDITION OF 51

    NO. 24/51, MANUFACTURED IN 2006

    Price Realised  

    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, TOURBOGRAPH "POUR LE MÉRITE"

    PLATINUM MANUALLY-WOUND TOURBILLON DOUBLE SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION, LIMITED EDITION OF 51
    NO. 24/51, MANUFACTURED IN 2006

    Calibre L903.0, 43 jewels, tourbillon regulator with fusée-and-chain transmission, solid silver matte dial, small seconds, power reserve indicator, three-part case, brushed and polished, transparent case back, split chronograph button at 10 o'clock, platinum Lange deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 41 mm.


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    US$285,000-515,000
    EUR195,000-350,000

    With A. Lange & Söhne presentation box, Certificate, product literature and loupe.

    On 7 December 2005, A. Lange & Söhne commemorated the 15th anniversary of its reinstated manufactory with an imitable expression of micromechanical virtuosity and watchmaking ingenuity. Testing the boundaries of physics and mechanical feasibilities, it is the very first wristwatch in the history of horology that unites three marvels from the realm of ultra complications: a fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon, and rattrapante chronograph mechanism. This very special opus is the Tourbograph "Pour le Mérite".

    Matching the Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite" that was presented in 1994, the Tourbograph again unites the two most complex mechanisms dedicated to enhancing long-term rate accuracy, but a mile farther. As the name suggests, the Tourbograph furthermore integrates a timekeeping mechanism that allows lap times to be measured.
    It is the second Lange creation with the attribute "Pour le Mérite", an accolade for the superb horological skills of Lange's master watchmakers. The name alludes to the most prestigious order of merit inspired by Alexander von Humboldt, sponsored by King Frederick William IV in 1842, for outstanding, predominantly scientific accomplishments.
    The model remains to this day the most complex and exclusive wristwatch to ever leave the Saxon manufactory. The hand-crafted manually wound L903.0 calibre is composed of no less than 1,000 individual components. The tourbillon alone consists of 84 parts yet weighs a scant 0.5 grams. Just the finishing process of the bridge requires two days to complete.
    The Tourbograph is limited to 101 examples, 51 were made in platinum such as the present lot, and are no longer available. In addition, this watch was purchased by the present owner in 2007. Obviously not been worn and preserved in an excellent overall condition.

    Special Notice

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

    Christie's is proud to offer this present watch which comes from a most attractive private collection. During the last decade, the passionate collector carefully assembled a selection of limited editions of modern wristwatches signed by the celebrated manufacture A. Lange & Söhne. The watches are kept in like new condition together with their certificates and boxes.