Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the world’s most dedicated A. Lange & Sohne collectors – first at the opening of their first US-based boutique, and then later at SIHH.  One watch that seemed to keep popping up on the wrists of these mega Lange collectors was the earliest Lange tourbillon – the Pour le Merite complete with fusee and chain dating to Lange’s earliest days in the mid 1990s. 

Speaking to them, they seemed to indicate this early tourbillon was so fascinating not only for its historical significance – being the first truly complicated watch ALS launched – but because of its perfect case dimensions, great legibility, and what the “Pour le Merite” name would later mean to ALS, and what it will continue to mean in the future.  Pour le Merite is simply the absolute best of A. Lange & Söhne.

At the boutique opening and SIHH i probably saw seven or eight collectors wearing the early PLM tourbillon, and each simply gushed over it.  But, every single one I saw was in yellow gold, which brings us to the subject of this post.

Up for auction via Antiquorum is an early A. Lange & Sohne Pour le Merite Tourbillon, cased in white gold with a beautiful blue dial.  According to ALS themselves, this watch was made in 150 examples in yellow gold (what they mean is 150 in gold – yellow or white) and 50 in platinum.  According to Antiquorum, ALS produced 15 examples of this early tourbillon in white gold (and even one in steel!).  This is the first time a white gold ALS PLM tourbillon has appeared in auction, and to us, this is a watch that, down the road could be massively important (and valuable).  AQ has estimates at 180,000CHF to 280,000CHF.  This is one we’ll be watching closely.

Click here for more details on this 1996 A. Lange & Sohne Pour le Merite tourbillon in white gold, coming up for sale at Antiquorum next month