News we got recently that Phillips had listed this replica watch with an “estimate on request,” and as with any highly desirable particular piece, it’s almost impossible to predict how things will work out. However, just knowing that this is the fake Lange we’re discussion about should have given you a detailed indication that the final number wasn’t going to be something disappointing.
The world of rare Lange fake watches is an exciting one, and that only gets more intense when the watches are in stainless steel. Past results have been strong, and have only been getting stronger. Today seems to cement that. Christie’s has sold two stainless steel Lange 1s for some context, in 2017 and 2018, with both achieving prices over CHF 100,000. The only other Lange with a black dial is the 2014 Lange 1 Tourbillon model, which was limited to just 20 pieces and was priced very cheaply upon release. Since then, the watch has held its value, with one selling for a few thousand dollars more than that at Phillips Hong Kong in November 2020.
This 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” takes some of the top qualities of other watches and brings them all together, while also being a single unique piece instead of a limited run. It has the glassy black enamel dial of the Handwerkskunst, a stainless steel case, and a quirky, Lange-specific complication. Actually, there’s nothing about this watch that isn’t collector catnip.
This is now the most expensive replica Lange watch ever sold at auction, even the most expensive Lange overall is still the limited edition Grand Complication released back in 2013. It’s worth noting at this point that proceeds from this sale go to benefit the Children Action Foundation, which Phillips describes as “a charity committed to the physical and mental well-being of disadvantaged children and young people around the world.” This very well could have helped the replica watch achieve its final price, and this wasn’t the first watch this weekend to fetch big money for the charity – the white gold ref. 6265 Daytona dubbed “The Unicorn” brought in $5.9 million yesterday at Daytona Ultimatum, with 100% of the proceeds also going to the Children Action Foundation.
However, we happened to know that the winning bidder also now has the right (but no obligation) to purchase the number “1” pieces of the Homage in white, pink, and yellow gold, should they so choose.