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    A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, Extremely Fine & Rare Ref. 701.005 Platinum Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite" No. 42 of a limited edition of 50 examples made in 1996
    Case: No. 110442, three body, platinum, polished and brushed, 38 mm, transparent case back with six screws for viewing the movement, sapphire crystals
    Dial: solid satiné silver with black Arabic numerals, outer black minute track, sunk subsidiary guilloche dials for the constant seconds and the up down wind indication, aperture with polished steel bridge for viewing the tourbillon
    Movement: No. 330, caliber L902.0, 3/4 plate, nickel silver, 29 jewels including 5 in screw-mounted gold chatons, tourbillon cage bearing 2 diamond endstones, Glucydur balance adjusted to five positions, Nivarox balance spring with Strasser overcoil, power equalization with chain and fusee, maintaining power and stepped planetary gearing, hand decorated and engraved movement
    Band: original black crocodile with original platinum buckle
    Signed: A. Lange & Söhne, with inner and outer boxes, hang tags, a new A. Lange & Söhne crocodile strap, instruction booklet, guarantee certificate, and an 88 page book of Lange & Söhne premier models, history and a five page presentation devoted to this model with full color photography and schematic drawings of the tourbillon and fusee and chain power transmission

    The Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite" was produced in limited editions of 150 pieces in 18k gold, 50 in platinum and 1 in stainless steel. This tourbillon chronometer is without exception the most prestigious of all wristwatches produced by A. Lange & Söhne. It represents the culmination of over 150 years of experience in the production of high quality precision timepieces. The exceptional movement utilizes a chain and fusee to control the equalization of power. The planetary transmission gear, compensating for the decreasing power of the mainspring, is built into a miniature cone, measuring only 10 mm in diameter at its base, yet it comprises 38 separate parts. Only 12.3 mm in diameter, the tourbillon itself comprises 76 components, weighing less than half a gram only. This exceptional timepiece is a superlative example of the best technical features, fine esthetic appeal, flawless execution and craftsmanship. The present watch is offered by the original owner for the first time at auction.


    Condition Report*:

    Type: A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte, Extremely Fine & Rare Ref. 701.005 Platinum Tourbillon "Pour le Mérite" No. 42 of a limited edition of 50 examples
    Dial: silver, black Arabic numerals
    Hands; blued steel Alpha hands
    Metal: platinum
    Case No: 110442
    Case Info: three body, transparent case back
    Case Width: 38 mm
    Thickness: 10.5 mm
    Crystal: sapphires
    Watch Movement: No. 330, caliber L902.0, 3/4 plate, nickel silver, 29 jewels including 5 in screw-mounted gold chatons, tourbillon cage bearing 2 diamond endstones, Glucydur balance adjusted to five positions, Nivarox balance spring with Strasser overcoil, power equalization with chain and fusee, maintaining power and stepped planetary gearing, hand decorated and engraved movement
    Band: crocodile, original platinum buckle
    Circa: 1996
    Condition: movement is very good and running, dial is superb, case is good with some minor scratches on the bezel and lugs, with original boxes, hang tags, new A. Lange & Söhne black crocodile strap, instruction booklet, guarantee certificate with embossed makers seal, 88 page full color makers book entitled "When Time Came Home"


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