The? fascinating? watch? belongs? to? a? 1994? limited? edition? of? 200? pieces.? Fifty? of? these? watches? were? cased? in? platinum? and? 130? were? presented? in? 18?carat? white?gold? cases.? Only? 19? were? endowed? with ?white?gold? cases.?? The? exceptionally? high? result? fetched? by? the? complication? not? only? by? far? exceeded? the? maximum? estimate? of? 225,000? euros.? It? sold? for? more? than ?4 ?times ?the? original ?retail? price.?Watch? collectors?from ?all? over ?the ?world ?had ?expressed? their ?interest ?in ?this ?opus.?The ?auction ?result ?is ?the? highest? ever? recorded? for? a? white?gold? TOURBILLON? “Pour ?le ?Mérite” ?by ?A.?Lange?&?Söhne. ?At? auctions,? the ?TOURBILLON ?”Pour ?le ?Mérite” ?ranks? among ?the? most? sought?after? A.? Lange? &? Söhne? models.? Well?maintained? exemplars? regularly? fetch? three? to ?five ?times ?their?launch? price.?
With ?its ?unique ?fusée?and?chain ?transmission, ?the ?TOURBILLON ?”Pour ?le ?Mérite” ?is ?particularly? significant? for ?the ?eminent? Saxon ?manufactory.? Implemented? for ?the ?first ?time? in ?a ?wristwatch,?the? mechanism? that? offsets? the? torque? loss? of? the? mainspring? was? combined? with? an? immaculately? executed? one? minute ?tourbillon ?in? 1994? and? demonstrated? that ?Lange ?had ?reconquered ?its ?traditional ?rank ?among? the?
fore most ?makers ?of ?complicated ?timepieces.
About A. Lange & Söhne
When Ferdinand A. Lange, a Dresden watchmaker, established his watch manufactory in 1845, he laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly fell into oblivion. In 1990, Ferdinand A. Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange had the courage to relaunch the brand. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. In a period of little more than 20 years, A. Lange & Söhne developed over 40 manufacture calibres and secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. Its greatest successes include innovative time-keeping instruments such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a series produced wristwatch as well as the LANGE ZEITWERK with its supremely legible, precisely jumping numerals. Meanwhile, both models have become icons of a brand rich in tradition.