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One of the first watches released by A. Lange & Söhne following the resuscitation of the brand, the Lange 1 has become a modern icon. The first Lange 1 pieces were produced with solid casebacks, as it wasn’t the norm to openly display movements at the time. It is understood that the solid caseback can be found on watches produced between 1994 and 1997, before A. Lange & Söhne fully transitioned to sapphire, following requests from clients who wanted to admire the finely finished movements. Representing the very first iteration of the Lange 1, these early pieces combine rarity, historical significance, and intrigue.
The significance of the bracelet
This reference 151.005 is further distinguished by its platinum case and integrated bracelet, making it even more unusual, within the world of early Lange 1 models. It is understood that these bracelets were made by Wellendorff, a now defunct bracelet manufacturer which is widely considered as having produced some of the best bracelets of the 20th century. Originating from Pforzheim, Germany, their history dates back to 1893, when they were founded by Ernst Alexander and Julie Wellendorff, focusing mainly on the creation of jewellery. The integrated bracelet adds a more contemporary aesthetic to the otherwise classic Lange 1 design.
This Ref. 151.005 is powered by the calibre L901.0, based on a Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 822 gear train that Günter Blümlein brought over. The movement is comprised of 398 components, of which 54 are jewels and five screwed gold chatons – the latter of which is a mark of Lange’s traditionally German movement. The watch has a lever escapement and the balance beats at 21,600 A/h.
The aesthetics of the movement are just as impressive as the mechanics, with chamfering and interior angles superbly hand-finished. Moreover, it features an artistic flourish, a balance-cock engraved by one of Lange’s master engravers. In fact, it is said that each individual watchmaker's unique engraving style can be identified as a result. One of the many things that helped to cement this movement as a German, and not a Swiss one, was the use of untreated German silver. This metal not only gave the movements a unique shine, but over time they can start to develop a much richer hue that is distinct to the brand.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 will be subject to 20% VAT.