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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE KEYLESS LEVER CLOCK WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH AND REGISTER  CIRCA 1901, NO. 41277 GRANDE COMPLICATION
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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE KEYLESS LEVER CLOCK WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH AND REGISTER  CIRCA 1901, NO. 41277 GRANDE COMPLICATION
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Details & Cataloguing

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE KEYLESS LEVER CLOCK WATCH WITH MOON PHASES, DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH AND REGISTER  CIRCA 1901, NO. 41277 GRANDE COMPLICATION
Movement: 1a quality, damascened German silver ¾ plate, two-train, gold lever and escape wheel, bi-metallic compensation balance, swan-neck regulation, polished steel bridge work for the chronograph visible to the backplate, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte/Dresden   
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, four subsidiary dials for day, month combined with leap year indication and 30-minute register, date and seconds combined with aperture for moon phases, outer tracks for minutes and chronograph seconds with red Arabic 5-minute markers, gold filigree hour and minute hands, contrasting blued steel and gold split seconds hands with stylised fleur-de-lys terminals, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/ Dresden
Case: large 18ct pink gold Louis XV style case with engine-turned covers, the front with monogram HF, the back engraved with armorials, two pushers for chronograph start/stop and split, short slide to band for trip repetition, adjusters below bezel for advancing day and date in tandem or days independently, month and moon phases, slides for strike/silent and grande/petite sonnerie, glazed movement cover, polished gold cuvette, back cover and cuvette numbered 41277, case front numbered 77, covers and cuvette signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
diameter 64mm
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Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, Sachsen, 1988, p. 182, table 75
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, p. 227, table 82
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne the Watchmakers of Dresden, vol II, 2012, p. 297

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 31st January 1901 to Comp. Julius Schirpf, Augsburg for 3,900.-M. 

Reinhard Meis notes (in A. Lange & Söhne the Watchmakers of Dresden) that the present lot is the earliest made perpetual calendar minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie clock watch with split seconds chronograph.

Lange’s "Grande Complication" is one of nine watches made by the firm between 1901 and 1928. These watches were amongst the most complicated pocket watches created by the firm at the time.  For similar examples, see Meis, Watchmakers of Dresden Vol II, 2012, pp.297-301, figs. 966-976.  Of this series, only four have ever been offered at auction; the last of which occurred in 2007.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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