A. Lange & Söhne
- A FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CHAIN, FUSÉE AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION CIRCA 1994 TOURBILLON 'POUR LE MÉRITE' NO 22/50
- diameter 38.5 mm
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.
Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."
The Tourbillon 'Pour Le Mérite' was among the first watches A. Lange & Söhne produced, alongside the legendary Lange 1, Saxonia and Arkade models upon the firm's re-launch in 1994. This exquisite watch was produced between 1994 and 1998 and was limited to 50 pieces in platinum and 150 in gold. The present example was made especially upon request for the original owner with its pink dial.
The Tourbillon 'Pour Le Mérite' is arguably one of the highest quality tourbillons ever produced. The chain-fusee mechanism equalizes the power of the mainspring, while the tourbillon cage counters the effects of gravity on the balance wheel. The power reserve indication enables the wearer to monitor the performance of the watch and the mainspring, particularly during winding. This technical marvel is acclaimed with the prestigious German accolade 'Pour Le Mérite' presented by the German government for achievements in science and arts.