A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Mérite, 701.007, White Gold

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The Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was released as part of the original 1994 revival of A. Lange & Söhne, with this white gold and blue dial example being especially intriguing, as it is very rarely seen on the market. Furthermore, out of the 200 watches produced, it is understood that only 19 were cased in white gold, making this even more desirable for collectors. The watch was originally sold in 1997, though renowned retailer Uhren-Huber.


The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during 20th century.

In 1990, the brand was resuscitated by Walter, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, and watch industry veteran Günter Blümlein. A Nuremberg native, Blümlein grew up in post-war Germany, and had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on 25th October 1994.