‘Pour le Mérite’ HandWerskunst watch
A Richard Lange Tourbillon ‘Pour le Mérite’ HandWerskunst watch changed hands at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong on April 7, 2013 for € 289,350. The transaction price was 62% higher than the original retail price of 178,500 euros.
This watch was launched only two years ago. The auctioned watch is the eighth of only 15 limited editions.
The case of the watch is made of an innovative honey-colored gold alloy with a Vickers hardness of more than 300 HV, which is about twice as high as gold. Dials made from the same material use a rare traditional carving process called tremblage. The ornate decoration of the movement in the watch brings this watch to a new level of watchmaking art and highlights the characteristics of ‘HandWerskunst craftsmanship’.
The fourth ‘Pour le Mérite’ watch presented by Lange is the pinnacle of superb craftsmanship. It combines two complex functions: the sesame chain drive system and the tourbillon, both of which are designed to achieve the most accurate timing. The tourbillon’s patented stop-second device allows the watch to adjust the time display of the watch with accuracy to the second. The round-cut password of the timepiece dial is displayed in front of the tourbillon system that swings and rotates at the same time. In order to allow the viewer to enjoy the exquisite mechanical dance steps, the hour plate on the other side is provided with a separate part, which will instantly turn in at 6 o’clock, making the hour plate into a perfect circle, until 12:00, it will Disappear immediately.