An extraordinary stainless steel 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" goes under the hammer at Phillips in May.
In December of 2017 A. Lange & Söhne announced its release of the 1815 "Homage to Walter Lange," an homage to the late Walter Lange who passed away the second day of SIHH earlier that year.
The design was one of the decided stars of the weeklong show (read our detailed review of the watch here) and is offered in 145 pieces in white gold, 90 in pink gold and 27 in yellow gold, as well as one piece in stainless steel.
1815 "Homage to Walter Lange" in pink gold. Photo c. Atom Moore
Up until now, there's been a lot of buzz and curiosity about when, if and how the stainless steel Homage to Walter Lange would make it to market. On January 22, it was announced that auction house Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will auction off the watch and donate the proceeds to the Children Action Foundation.
"Everyone knows that I love steel watches, and in particular steel watches that are elusive by nature, and officially impossible to find anywhere else," said Aurel Bacs in a statement. "When Wilhelm Schmid showed me the unique 1815 'Homage to Walter Lange' I was speechless, especially when I heard it would have a black enamel champlevé dial. I am so excited and humbled to be offering this piece in our Geneva Watch Auction: Seven and it is so wonderful that we can all help raise funds for Children Action, a highly important cause, close to my heart."
Stainless steel Lange watches are notoriously hard to come by and highly prized by collectors. In fact, it's estimated that only 25 stainless steel Lange watches are in circulation, with a Lange Double-Split in steel hammering for over a half a million dollars at a Christie's auction back in 2013.
For now, we'll have to wait to see if this will be another sale to go down in Phillips auction history.