Only one 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’ with a black enamel dial and 40.5 millimetre steel case will be made, to honour the legacy of Walter Lange
Coming soon to the auction block is the 1815 ‘Homage to Walter Lange’, a stainless steel watch with a black enamel dial. Auction house Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, will bring it under the hammer on May 12 and 13 at the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN.
The resulting sale price will be donated to the Children Action Foundation, which is committed to the physical and mental well-being of needy children across the world.
To date, more than 80,000 children have directly benefited from its projects. The motto of the foundation, which was founded in 1994 by the Swiss businessman Bernard Sabrier, is “Every child has a right to childhood”. The complete resulting sale price of the auction will be donated to the surgical programs of Children Action which have already enabled 12,482 operations.
“For us it was about keeping with the intentions of Walter Lange,” explained Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid about the choice of charity partner. “Throughout his life, the well-being of disadvantaged young people was a matter especially close to his heart. Personally, I was won over by the fact that Children Action works together exclusively with medical experts.”
Only one 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” with black enamel dial and 40.5-millimetre steel case will be made, to make it an extraordinary legacy of the man whose name it bears. The classic dial design, reduced to only the essentials, is complemented by a stoppable jumping second hand. Walter Lange had a particular affinity for this complication because it traces its origins back to an invention of his great-grandfather Ferdinand Adolph Lange from 1867. A further-developed form was registered as one of the first patents in Germany in the year 1877.
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