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A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE
A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE
A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE
A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE
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A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE

POUR LE MÉRITE MODEL, LIMITED EDITION TO 150 PIECES, REF. 701.011, CIRCA 1999

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A. LANGE & SÖHNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE
POUR LE MÉRITE MODEL, LIMITED EDITION TO 150 PIECES, REF. 701.011, CIRCA 1999
Movement: Manual
Dial: Black
Case: 38 mm.
With: 18k pink gold A. Lange & Söhne buckle, A. Lange & Söhne Guarantee Certificate, A. Lange & Söhne The Engraving of the Balance Cock booklet signed by the engraver, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: only 24 pieces in 18k pink gold, from original owner
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Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Lot Essay

The present timepiece is one of an example of a strictly limited edition of 150 examples of the Tourbillon 'Pour le Mérite' made for some of the firms most loyal clients

According to A. Lange & Söhne, of the 150 examples produced, only 24 pieces were crafted in pink gold, 19 in white gold, 106 in yellow gold and 1 in stainless steel.

The Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite", another example of A. Lange & Söhne's complex and exclusive timepieces, incorporates a number of fascinating technical details never seen before in a wristwatch, most notably the going train driven with a chain fusée - The fusée and chain mechanism is one of the most effective methods of maintaining the accuracy of a watch by providing a constant amount of power to the escapement over the period that the mainspring unwinds from fully wound to unwound.

All parts of the watch are finished by hand and every surface is decorated. Consequently, the completion of each of these masterpieces requires several months.

Story of the balance cock
The engraved balance cock is one of the most distinguishing features of German watchmaking. A. Lange & Söhne's engraving department is one of the smallest within the company, with only six employees. Every balancing cock for modern watches is still engraved by hand at A. Lange & Söhne, and no exception for the present lot. In 2010, the owner wearing the present lot, and Helmut Wagner, the head of the engraving department, met each other in an event hosted by the brand. The master engraver immediately recognized that the cock was engraved by him. Helmut personally signed his name under the brochure in front of him. Helmut's exceptional craftsmanship, along with his extra genuineness, makes this watch even more collectible. 

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