On 10 November 2012, two limited-edition watches made by A. Lange & Söhne in the years 1996 and 2000 changed hands. One watch enthusiast from Europe bid 248,000 euros for a TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite” in platinum. Only 50 copies of this exceptional timepiece were made in the platinum version between 1994 and 1998. The price bid for watch number 20/50 was far higher than forecast. This timepiece by A. Lange & Söhne, which had hardly been worn, reached more than three times its original selling price.
Another bidder pushed up the price of a pink-gold version of the 1815 MOONPHASE, highly prized among collectors. At 19,200 euros, he paid double the original selling price. Only 250 examples of this version were ever made.
Only last May, a buyer at Dr. Crott’s bid 330,000 euros for a special edition of the TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”. Other models by A. Lange & Söhne, such as the LANGE ZEITWERK or the GRAND LANGE 1 “Luna Mundi”, have attained similar extremely high prices at international auctions in the past.
About A. Lange & Söhne
When Ferdinand A. Lange established his watch manufactory in 1845, he laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The founder’s great-grandson Walter Lange took the chance for a new start in 1990. 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 less 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 biggest successes include innovative timekeeping instruments like the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a regularly produced wristwatch as well as the LANGE ZEITWERK with its supremely legible, precisely jumping numerals. Meanwhile, both models have become icons of the venerable brand.