Let­ter from the Edi­tor

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents -

Al­ter­na­tive in­vest­ments, which run the gamut of rare whiskies, cult wines, sto­ried time­pieces and art, has al­ways been a great source of in­ter­est, par­tic­u­larly for the frenzy they may gen­er­ate, be it at auc­tions or oth­er­wise.

On 12 and 13 May, Phillips Geneva to­gether with auc­tion­eer supreme Aurel Bacs, will put a very spe­cial time­piece on the block, cre­ated by Saxon watch­maker A Lange & Soehne this year. The piece, called the 1815 Homage to Wal­ter Lange, is a stain­less steel watch – an ab­so­lute rar­ity given that this watch­maker never makes stain­less steel time­pieces save for a hand­ful in its past – which be­came ab­so­lute trea­sures as well. Pro­ceeds from the sale of this time­piece will be chan­nelled to the Chil­dren Ac­tion Foun­da­tion.

Per­haps what makes this auc­tion most in­ter­est­ing is not just the time­piece it­self, but of the her­itage and his­tory which it rep­re­sents; a court clock­maker’s ap­pren­tice who even­tu­ally be­came one of Dres­den’s most beloved he­roes, cre­at­ing gain­ful em­ploy­ment for its in­hab­i­tants in a time of eco­nomic paucity and go­ing on to pro­duce some of the best watches in the world. And of how this leg­end re-en­tered the stream of present-day his­tory, three gen­er­a­tions later, through his de­scen­dant Wal­ter Lange who, af­ter the fall of the Berlin Wall, de­cided to re­turn to the place where it all be­gan. Last year, at the age of 93, Wal­ter passed on, af­ter see­ing his fam­ily legacy re­vived in grand style and be con­sid­ered, once again, among the world’s lead­ing lights of horol­ogy.


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