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this Lange & Söhne Karussell in extraordinary condition
The present example, sold to Wilhelm Lenger in Hamburg on April 22, 1914 for 804 Mark, is preserved in excellent condition and certainly one of the best-preserved examples. The three-part enamel dial is free of hairlines, chips or other damage. The heavy pink gold hunter “Lucia” case with its beautiful guilloché and engravings has survived the last century in stunning preservation. The movement is untouched and in perfect condition. The watch comes with the box, and extract from archives (which states as well that the watch was checked at the Lange museum).
The Carousel was invented in 1892 by the Danish watchmaker Bonniksen (patent N°21421) and later improved by Richard Lange in 1901 and patented under the number D.R.G.M 121267. It was always the goal of A. Lange & Söhne to increase the precision of a watch in its further developments. This goal was achieved with both, the “Tourbillon” and the “Carousel”. Both ran at Lange & Söhne under the generic term “Drehganguhren”. The Carousel was an interesting alternative to the very costly Tourbillon construction and it was not uncommon for the Lange Carousel watches to achieve a better rate result than the Tourbillons.
In these Carousel pocket watches, the advantages of the Tourbillon were used, but on the other side, the disadvantages avoided. Due to the complexity of a Tourbillon, the cage and escapement parts had to be built very fine which resulted in a high fragility. With the invention of the Carousel this fragility was eliminated and with the improved Lange Carousel, which turns at a lower rate at 52 1/2 minutes, the cage and escapement parts could be built very solid and durable. Richard Lange used an improved bearing for the cage, a bigger compensation balance wheel with 16 gold screws of which 2 were for regulation and a steel Breguet spiral spring, lateral gold lever and gold escape wheel, a swan neck fine regulation on the hand engraved balance cock. The beveled and polished blued screws are settled in fine polished oil sinks.
52 1/2 minute Carousel “Drehganguhr”
Caliber 47 ( the diameter is 47mm on the dial side)
¾ plate, guilted
Quality 1a with lateral gold lever and gold escape wheel
Compensation balance with steel Breguet spiral spring and 16 gold screws. 2 for regulation
Swan neck fine regulation
Lange type hand engraved balance cock
Beveled and polished blued screws are set in fine polished oil sinks
Lange type silvered winding wheels with sunbeam decoration
Marked .D.R.G.M 121 267
Engine turned “à goutte” hunter case “Lucia”
18kt pink gold, 60mm
Monogram GN on the front cover
Inscription from 1914 on the dome
3 parts enamel style „Empire“
Small seconds and arabic numerals
Louis XV gold hands