A. Lange & Söhne Arkade

Regular price
$20,500
Regular price
Sale price
$20,500
REF 153.022
Manual
26 MM
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SKU AS08088
Article Number 40991213
ref 153.022
case size 26 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 16 MM
Includes Correct 18k yellow gold beads-of-rice bracelet with signed locking clasp.
REF 153.022
Manual
26 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08088
Article Number 40991213
ref 153.022
case size 26 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Silver
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 16 MM
Includes Correct 18k yellow gold beads-of-rice bracelet with signed locking clasp.

Why We Love it

We know what you’re thinking: A. Lange & Söhne made this

Yes! Though famous for its round-cased, highly complicated watches and its simple dress pieces, the famed Saxon watchmaker from Glashütte also tried its hand at models that think outside the box. The Cabaret, for example, is Lange’s only square watch which was launched in 1997 with a pink gold case and a big date. The model subtly recalls Lange watches from the inter-war period.

The piece that we have here, an Arkade, is one of the four models released in 1994 with the rebirth of the brand, and is an example of Lange riffing on design language from the first half of the 20th century. It remains even today a highly unique take on a shaped watch, instantly recognizable from afar as a Lange.

This particular Arkade dates to circa the 2000s and features a 22mm yellow gold case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, an opaline silver dial with applied yellow gold indices and a yellow gold 'lance' handset, an 'outsize' date at the 12:00 position, and a correct (and completely awesome) matching solid yellow gold beads of rice bracelet with a signed locking clasp. It’s powered by A. Lange & Söhne's Calibre L911.4 manually wound movement - thankfully visible via its sapphire exhibition caseback.

Horologically significant, unique in its design brief and aesthetics, and beautiful to behold, this is truly a Lange unlike any other.

Why not get ahead of the curve with this rectangular masterpiece?

Overall Condition

The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Satin silver dial with applied yellow gold indices is in outstanding, as-new condition with matching ‘lance’ handset. Signed crown. Sapphire display caseback.

Brand Story

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For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

A. Lange & Söhne Arkade

A. Lange & Söhne Arkade

Regular price
$20,500
Regular price
Sale price
$20,500
A. Lange & Söhne Arkade

Why We Love it

We know what you’re thinking: A. Lange & Söhne made this

Yes! Though famous for its round-cased, highly complicated watches and its simple dress pieces, the famed Saxon watchmaker from Glashütte also tried its hand at models that think outside the box. The Cabaret, for example, is Lange’s only square watch which was launched in 1997 with a pink gold case and a big date. The model subtly recalls Lange watches from the inter-war period.

The piece that we have here, an Arkade, is one of the four models released in 1994 with the rebirth of the brand, and is an example of Lange riffing on design language from the first half of the 20th century. It remains even today a highly unique take on a shaped watch, instantly recognizable from afar as a Lange.

This particular Arkade dates to circa the 2000s and features a 22mm yellow gold case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, an opaline silver dial with applied yellow gold indices and a yellow gold 'lance' handset, an 'outsize' date at the 12:00 position, and a correct (and completely awesome) matching solid yellow gold beads of rice bracelet with a signed locking clasp. It’s powered by A. Lange & Söhne's Calibre L911.4 manually wound movement - thankfully visible via its sapphire exhibition caseback.

Horologically significant, unique in its design brief and aesthetics, and beautiful to behold, this is truly a Lange unlike any other.

Why not get ahead of the curve with this rectangular masterpiece?

Overall Condition

The case is in fantastic condition overall showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Satin silver dial with applied yellow gold indices is in outstanding, as-new condition with matching ‘lance’ handset. Signed crown. Sapphire display caseback.

Brand Story

+
For Germany, Reunification represented a renaissance of sorts for a country that had been rent asunder by the Cold War. And for A. Lange & Söhne, whom fate had situated on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain, it was indeed a rebirth.

Lange was founded in Glashütte in 1845, and its first century was truly a golden age. The brand imbued its products with a care and an attention to detail that brought worldwide renown. Its pocket watches, in particular, gained high marks in competition and saw use on the railroads of Europe.

But the coming of World War II and the subsequent Soviet occupation saw that golden age come to an end. The Soviet authorities expropriated the company in 1948 — the factory was shuttered, and the once-shining name of A. Lange & Söhne nearly faded into obscurity. That is, until 1990, when Walter Lange — great-grandson of the founder, Ferdinand A. Lange — resurrected his family’s old company and brought it to prominence once more.

Armed with Ferdinand Lange’s journal, Walter Lange sketched a watch that would adapt his great-grandfather’s designs to modern tastes, while still keeping an eye firmly on tradition. In the journal, Walter discovered sketches of a clock that Ferdinand designed with his mentor Johann Gutkaes. Commissioned by the Elector of Saxony for the Semperoper House in Dresden, the “Five Minute Clock” was nothing short of revolutionary.

With legibility as their primary concern, Johann Gutkaes and Ferdinand Lange designed a clock that, with its rectangular construction and two counter-rotating drums — one to show the hours, the other the minutes — was essentially the world’s first digital clock. Over one hundred years later, it was that clock that would inspire the modern manufacture’s first watch post-Reunification.

In 1992, Walter Lange filed a patent for a big date window, similar in style to the clock in the opera house. Two years later, it would appear on the Lange 1. Without question the firm’s flagship model, it features a big date function as its hallmark. Though found in watches like the Zeitwerk or the Langematik Sax-O-Mat, it’s in the Lange 1 that the big date is used to the greatest effect. Alongside other details such as asymmetrical sub-dials depicting the hours and sub-seconds, and the A. Lange & Söhne signature with its famous ampersand, it shows a clarity of vision that is wholly Lange.

Subsequent models — no less innovative — have only further cemented the brand’s footing as one of the most refined and fascinating watchmakers in business today. From the ludicrously complicated Zeitwerk to the elegant Saxonia to the recent Odysseus dive watch, Lange & Söhne is committed to pushing the horological envelope and reestablishing Germany as foremost amongst the world’s centers of watchmaking innovation.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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