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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3385

    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, "DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL"

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY

    CASE 158161, CIRCA 2006

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    A. LANGE & SÖHNE, "DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL"

    PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH LEAP-YEAR AND MOON-PHASE DISPLAY
    CASE 158161, CIRCA 2006

    Calibre L952.1, Glashütte three-quarter plate in untreated silver, hand-finished, 45 jewels, screwed gold chatons, matte solid silver dial with white gold applied numerals and hour markers with luminescent squares, outer tachymetric scale, two recessed engine-turned subdials for small seconds with day of the week combined with day/night indication and precisely jumping minute counter with month combined with leap-years, apertures for the patented "perpetual outsize date" and moon-phases, three-part case, polished and satined, display case back fastened by six screws, pusher in the band for rapid date correction, platinum Lange buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 41 mm.


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    US$50,000-75,000
    EUR38,000-57,000

    Accompanied by A. Lange & Söhne presentation box, certificate and corrector.

    It is said that the difference between an extraordinary watchmaker and a good one is the ability to assemble a chronograph with a perpetual calendar. Master watchmakers at Lange undeniably attested to the challenge with the DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL. The model represents the most classic combination of complications - the chronograph for short time measurements and the perpetual calendar mechanism displaying the day of the week, date, months, leap years, a day/night indication and moon-phases which remains accurate until the year 2100.

    The manually-wound calibre L952.1 certainly posed to be one of the most formidable tasks that confronted the minds at Lange. Totalling 556 individual parts, each meticulously finished. The solid plates and bridges in untreated German silver are decorated with perlage and Glashütte ribbing, all edges chamfered and polished. It is understood that each Datograph Perpetual requires a full year to complete.

    The model is available exclusively in platinum, worn on a crocodile strap or with a platinum bracelet.