A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE/DRESDEN [朗格，格拉蘇蒂/德累斯頓] | AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH CENTRAL MINUTE REGISTER CIRCA 1908, NO. 61601 [極罕有黃金計時大三針懷錶，年份約1908，編號61601，可能為孤品]
A. LANGE & SÖHNE, GLASHÜTTE/DRESDEN
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH CENTRAL MINUTE REGISTER
CIRCA 1908, NO. 61601
• Movement: 1a quality, cal. 45 frosted gilded ¾ plate, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, precision swan-neck regulation, the chronograph mechanism partially visible to the backplate, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i/ Sa, no. 61601
• Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, sunken centre, outer track for minutes, outermost ring for chronograph seconds and minute recording with red Arabic 5 minute/second markers, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden
• Case: ''Louis XV'' 18ct gold, polished covers, polished gold cuvette engraved J.L. John Kunibert v. s.tr Mutter, 1908, pusher to the band for chronograph activation, all covers signed and numbered 61601
Accompanied by certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 26 August 1908 to Comp. H. Schultze Nachf., Breslau for 1,000 M. "Louis XV" design.
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Movement: running at time of cataloguing and appears to be in good aesthetic condition. Chronograph functioning - start/stop reset and minute recording.
Dial: hairline crack between centre and 4 o'clock within sunken central dial portion.
Case: with signs of light polishing. The cuvette engraving is abbreviated for "von seiner treuen Mutter" - "from your true mother"
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Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Sachsen, 1988 p. 174, table 32
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, p. 157, table 43
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, the Watchmakers of Dresden, 1997, p. 246 figs. 662-664
Reinhard Meis, A. Lange & Söhne, The Watchmakers of Dresden Vol. II, 2012, p. 232 figs. 750-752
This unique piece is Lange's only recorded chronograph with a central minute-counter. The firm sought to create an aesthetically elegant chronograph by changing the motion-work on the dial-side of the chronograph to integrate the minute counter into the main dial, rather than using a smaller subsidiary counter. The design bears similarity to a split-seconds chronograph due to the similar sizes of the chronograph hand and the minute-counter hand.
The double wheels for the minute counter are under the chronograph bridge, with the top wheel acting as the stop-wheel. The under-dial work transmits the drive to the hand-bearing wheel at the center.