An A. Lange & Sohne piece fetches record price
May 22, 2012: A unique piece of A. Lange & Söhne found a new owner at the 85th watch auction of the renowned auction house Dr. Crott on May 12, 2012 in Frankfurt: a Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” with a reduced platinum case and a black dial that was sold in 1996.
At the price of Euro 330.000, a Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” changed its owner at an amount which was far beyond the value that experts of Dr. Crott had expected. Indeed, the exceptional masterpiece of A. Lange & Söhne fetched nearly fivefold of the original retail price from 1996. It is number 45 out of a total of 50 pieces in platinum, a unique piece within this limited edition.
The Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” is a custom-made product with a case diameter reduced from 38.5 to 36 mm and a black dial with applied beveled lozenge indexes instead of the usual silvered face of the standard platinum model. These individualisations were made on personal request of the first owner.