While the Daytona Ultimatum auction and the remainder of the GWA7 – Geneva Watch Auction 7 by Phillips Watches – brought several great outcomes (counting a CHF 5M hammer cost for the ‘Unicorn’ white gold Daytona), another appropriately fascinating outcome ought to be credited to A. Lange & Söhne, with the unique 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ in steel with black enamel dial hammered for CHF 852,500 (incl. buyer’s premium). And indeed, it’s another record for a Lange wristwatch at auction, and yes continues will be given to a charity.
The CHF 852,500 obtained by Phillips Watches/Aurel Bacs and A. Lange & Söhne Is amazing surely and sets another world record for a Lange wristwatch at an auction – regardless of whether there were past watches in Lange’s assortment valued above that ( the Grande Complication and its 2 million sticker price for instance).
Yet, realizing that the regular models of this 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ retail for EUR 47,000 (approx. CHF 56,000), this makes a significant premium for this unique release – and in fact, thankfully, as continues are given to a charity (to Children Action, a Swiss charitable foundation that secures kids’ rights).
At the SIHH 2018, A. Lange & Söhne, which organizer Walter Lange passed away in January 2017, chose to create an accolade watch to this modest and visionary man. The actual watch utilizes a complication created by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Walter Lange’s great-grandfather, in 1867: the bouncing breadth seconds hand with the start/stop work. This invention was especially significant for Walter Lange, as it was first executed in a watch by his grandfather, Emil Lange, in 1877. A genuine family affair.
In addition to three gold models , Lange created a unique piece in stainless steel with a black enamel dial . Realizing how rare steel watches by Lange are (two or three handfuls around, all being special orders), knowing the connect to the brand’s originator and realizing that the returns were to be given for a decent cause, this certainly assisted the watch with selling for a particularly amazing price.
More details on the watch auction’s page and www.alange-soehne.com . Photos kindness of Phillips Watches.