A. Lange & Söhne achieved three record sales at Sotheby’s “Important Watches” auction, held on October 6 in Hong Kong. The top selling pieces included a rare set of two limited edition Grand Lange 1 “Luna Mundi” wristwatches, a limited edition 1815 Moonphase “Homage to F. A. Lange” in honey gold, and a Lange Zeitwerk. Find the sale prices and wallpaper inside.
Produced in 2003, the rare set of two limited edition Grand Lange 1 “Luna Mundi” wristwatches was produced in a limited edition of 101 exemplars. The two timepieces in white and rose gold depict the moon phases for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The set realized 980,000 Hong Kong dollars, or about 93,750 euros, more than twice the original price.
At the same auction, the limited edition 1815 Moonphase “Homage to F. A. Lange” sold for 275,000 Hong Kong dollars, or about 26,300 euros, representing a 45 percent increase in value. The watch was launched just last year to commemorate the horological tradition established by Ferdinand A. Lange in 1845. Lange says this is most likely the first time this model has appeared at auction.
Finally, the Lange Zeitwerk in white gold fetched 680,000 Hong Kong dollars, or about 65,000 euros, representing almost a 40 percent increase in value. Launched in 2009, the Zeitwerk displays the time through an elegant jumping numeral display that is driven by a unique constant-force escapement. The Zeitwerk received the L’Aiguille d’Or Grand Prize at the 2009 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.