On the 6th of November, a charity auction was held in Geneva by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, in which the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH “Hampton Court Edition” presented in September at the Concours of Elegance near London was auctioned and about which we had the opportunity to mention here, which raised 1,058,500 CHF (1,064,851 EUR; incl. buyer’s premium) whose proceeds revert to the British charity The Prince’s Trust, which supports young people in realizing their potential and building a future for themselves. The auction price was the highest ever achieved by an A. Lange wristwatch.
Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid was very pleased with the auction’s outcome: “When the watch was presented for the first time at the Concours of Elegance in early September, it was clear right away that there would be a great response. Even so, the auction result far exceeded our expectations. I’m glad that we can support the important work of the Prince’s Trust with this impressive sum. The huge proceeds from the auction not only show a steadily growing appreciation for A. Lange & Söhne watches but also that our global collectors’ community is keen to do its bit for society.”
“A. Lange & Söhne boasts an ever-growing community of collectors who appreciate the incredible quality, and timeless design, coupled with the right amount of innovation and imagination,” says auctioneer Aurel Bacs, explaining the success of the auction. “A. Lange & Söhne has often surprised the community with a function or design that nobody expected. The unique quality of this one-of-a-kind auctioned piece places it in the top flight of watches produced by A. Lange & Söhne since its comeback in 1994. It is of no surprise that it has achieved such an exceptional price, and we are thrilled to see it sell for such a worthy cause.”