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A Lange & Sohne create a special Lange 1 Time Zone for Ralph Lauren

by amitdevhanda

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Ralph Lauren is not just a genius businessman, fashion designer icon, and visionary, but one of the biggest vintage car collectors in the world.

His cars have been on display all over the map in some of the most prestigious venues. On Sunday May 26, 2013, Ralph Lauren was the recipient of one of  the most coveted trophies of the eminent competition in the domain of classic automobiles, “Best of Show” prize in Como Italy. He received this prize for his Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé with a coachwork from Jean Bugatti built in 1938.

As the recipient of this incredibly prestigous award, Ralph Lauren was presented by the CEO of A Lange & Sohne,  William Schmidt,  a Lange 1 Time Zone in White Gold. According to William Schmidt,  “The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE is a fitting prize for the most beautiful sculpture on wheels”.

This one of a kind piece is distinctive from the regular A Lange & Sohne Time Zone production piece in white gold in that, the caseback of the white-gold watch displays the hand-engraved coat of arms of the Concorso d’Eleganza. On the city ring which rotates, Como represents Central European Time – marking the event while paying homage to the venue.

Technical Specs of the Lange 1 Time Zone in white gold ref#116.032

Case: 41.9 mm 18k white gold

Dial: Solid silver, argente

hour/min/ power reserve hands white gold rhodium luminous, Sub second hand blued steel.

Retail: $50,100


A. Lange & Sohne make a special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold

by amitdevhanda

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A Lange & Sohne special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold

There are very few watch companies in the world that can actually say they make a better timepiece than historic luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne. I have had the esteemed privilege of visiting the manufacturing facility in Glashutte Germany several times throughout my career. I was witness to the manufacturing  of many different aspects of their traditional watchmaking. Let me tell you, their factory is one of the cleanest most incredible facilities I have ever seen.

My favorite watch that they make is the Richard Lange watch because it’s very simple, classic and timeless and has an amazing story behind it.  The Richard Lange watch was revived and debuted in 2006 and was inspired by an observation watch that was designed by Richard Lange who was the eldest son of Adolf Lange, the founder of A. Lange & Sohne.

 In 1929, he recognised that the addition of beryllium to the nickel-steel alloy made hairsprings less susceptible to temperature fluctuations and simultaneously more elastic. Richard Lange’s insight, for which a patent was granted in the following year, resulted in a quantum leap in precision and expedited the development of a timepiece category that defines itself in terms of accuracy: the observation watch.

To commemorate this historic event in time, A Lange & Sohne have released a special boutique edition of the Richard Lange in white gold.  This will be distinguished in contrast from the regular Richard Lange white gold production piece from 2006 by the steel blue hands which were originally on the Observation Watch. The new Richard Lange Boutique Edition in white gold will be extremely limited, collectible and further enhances A Lange & Sohnes heritage on a whole new level.

Technical Specs for A. Lange & Sohne special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold


The case, in 18kt white gold, measures 40.5mm x 10.5mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the German manual-wind Lange in-house caliber L041.2 with 26 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours. It is decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted to five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand. Shock-resistant screw balance with eccentric poising weights, superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring.

Retail- $31,500

The dial is solid silver, argente with blued steel hands. The strap is hand-stitched black crocodile strap with white prong gold buckle.

Antiquorum Hits world record at March Auction in Geneva

by amitdevhanda

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Antiquorum is the world leader for luxury watch auctions. They have further solidified this by the recent March !7, 2013 auction where they hit a world record! This auction took place at the Richemond  Hotel in Geneva Switzerland where they made an estimated seven million dollars. This auction titled “Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces”  attracted 434 registered internet bidders in addition to the many room and phone bidders from around the world. Lively international bidding came from countries such as The Russian Federation, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Germany as well as Switzerland. Strong prices were achieved resulting in 80% sold by lot and 137% sold by value.

The watch that stole the show was A. Lange & Sohne Pour Le Merite Tourbillon lot [541]. The limited edition 18K white gold wristwatch with tourbillon regulator and 36-hour power reserve inspired fierce competition amongst bidders and ultimately sold to a phone bidder for an impressive CHF 338,500

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A. Lange & Sohne Pour Le Merite Tourbillon

According to Julien Schaerer, Managing Director, Antiquorum Geneva.”We are extremely pleased by the outcome for the A. Lange & Sohne Pour Le Merite in our March auction,” said  “Today’s results confirm that the Pour Le Merite Tourbillon continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after examples ever produced by A. Lange & Sohne.”

Other notable pieces include: Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 [lot 159]. The reversible platinum watch with visible Jaeger LeCoultre caliber 174 movement and inclined two cage multi-axis spherical tourbillon attained CHF 230,500.

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Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

The iconic and timeless Rolex Ref. 6263 Paul Newman Tropical Outer Track Oyster Cosmograph [lot 534] inspired a bidding war amongst eight phone bidders and finally sold to a room bidder for an incredible CHF 212,500, over twice its high estimate.

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Rolex Ref. 6263 Paul Newman Tropical Outer Track Oyster Cosmograph