The 800-some strong “Masterworks of Time” private collection, one of the biggest ever seen, traces horological history from the Renaissance to the present day. After hosting the “George Daniels, Visionary” and “Treasures” auctions in London in July, Sotheby’s is now putting up for auction an impressive collection of timepieces created by German manufacture A. Lange & Sohne.
On Nov 11, Geneva’s Sotheby’s outpost will be hosting collectors and timekeeping enthusiasts who will not only be able to see over 30 pieces demonstrating the savoir-faire and ascent of the Glashutte factory, but also try their luck at acquiring Swiss, English, and French pieces dating from the 16th to the 20th century.
Among the foremost A. Lange & Sohne pieces on display, Sotheby’s will be offering a 1901 rose-gold pocket watch with perpetual calendar, minute-repeater movement, lunar phases, and split-second chronograph, as well as another pocket watch, this time, from 1849, with a bi-metallic compensation balance.
Collectors will also be able to bid on a sapphire-encrusted pocket watch in gold, enamel, and rock crystal, designed by Adolf Schneider for King Ludwig II of Bavaria circa 1885, and a “singing bird cage” with pendulum, created by Freres Rochat & Remond ca. 1815, which is bound to be the centrepiece of the sale.
Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashutte takes place Nov 11, 2019 at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland.