An early Easter incoming (NWA) of a truly special Tourbillon Pour Le Merite 😍

Mar 30, 2024,15:41 PM

First, hope everyone is having an amazing Easter holiday weekend !!

I am delighted to welcome in THE PROGENITOR to my humble collection ✨️ 🥰

Quick back story 😁

This was not even on my radar, to be honest, but circumstances were serendipitous 😉. Having lost my father recently has changed the dynamics of this passion and acquiring pieces, especially after inheriting a ridiculous amount of pieces from his collection.

I have been an accumulator of pieces for many years now, which has actually gotten out of hand 🙈🙊. So moving forward I truly thought about only adding pieces which move me emotionally, have historical significance, and/or connect with me on a sentimental level.

When a collector friend contacted me with this piece, I was already intrigued and tempted due to it's historical significance in the pantheon of important historical pieces, especially for Lange as the Tourbillon Pour Le Merite was the Flagship piece and showed Lange's capabilities as a brand at launch, way back in 1994 !! There has been much written about this model which is well-documented and can be found on the Langepedia website if anyone is interested 👍

I normally prefer white metal but knowing that Walter Lange himself chose and wore a yellow gold Tourbillon PLM daily made it all the more meaningful. How could I argue with Walter Lange 🤔🙄🤣

Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Renaud Papi helped develop this movement for Lange at the time. A truly groundbreaking achievement as the Tourbillon PLM was the FIRST EVER wristwatch to incorporate a fusée & chain with a Tourbillon !! All other pieces which followed from the likes of Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud, other Lange PLM models, Zenith, etc...followed in it's footsteps...hence the moniker "The Progenitor."

Did you also know that the Grönefeld brothers were part of Renaud Papi back then and that Bart was part of the team responsible for this movement? That also hit me in the feels as I greatly respect the Grönefeld brothers and my admiration for their brand, especially the Gronograaf 🥰

What really made me pull the trigger, the "coup de grace", was the emotional and sentimental connection I felt as my collector friend was going through a similar family situation. The provenance of this particular piece being previously owned by a member of the Lange family was icing on the cake as well 😍🤩

I guess it was meant to be as now I am the happy caretaker of this magnificent Tourbillon PLM.

It came on this really cool Jean Rousseau matte chocolate gator with yellow gold stitching, but you might have already guessed that a few bespoke straps have been ordered to add that special "Don" touch 😉🤣

Forgot to say, a warm thank you to you my friend. Don't worry, I will take extra special care of this beauty 💕 

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Great addition - in the late 90ies I was sitting next to a gentleman wearing this piece on our way to Paris

 By: penfriend : March 30th, 2024-15:46
I had my sax-o-mat on and we talked watches for the whole trip And I am very sorry to read about your father - wishing you and your family all the strength needed

Thank you for the kind words 🙏

 By: holdemchamp1225 : March 30th, 2024-22:35


 By: m2 : March 30th, 2024-15:51
Congrats. I love the matte alligator strap. Wish more watches would come with matte gator > shiny by default

Thanks and matte shiny all day 😉

 By: holdemchamp1225 : March 30th, 2024-22:35

I can only congratulate you for reaching this point.

 By: MichaelC : March 30th, 2024-23:41
I am only in this for the passion. I have to really strategize a new piece, and usually move an old one at the same time. But to have a collection - small or big - where every piece has a special meaning, this is what it is all about. At least in my opini... 

Sorry for your loss…Justin 😔

 By: Clueless_Collector : March 30th, 2024-15:58
And what a NWA! This PLM Tourbillon is one of those grail that I can only admire from afar. I have no intention to get any more Lange past Category 6 with their POA on service and overhaul prices. Of course such a historic icon and important museum qualit... 

Thank you kind sir 🙏

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:42

Sorry to hear about your loss (my deepest condolences 💐) and

 By: GLau : March 30th, 2024-16:04
congratulations on this amazing pieces ! Thanks for sharing your personal story 👍

Sorry to hear of your loss

 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 30th, 2024-16:13
Horologically I can't think of much more desirable than the top complication that helped relaunch ALS, and the first foray into tourbillon fuse chain pieces. Icing on the cake is the provenance for sure. I like that strap!

Thanks bro, much appreciate 🙏

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:43

Really, really beautiful and special watch...

 By: mdg : March 30th, 2024-16:24
...I saw one of the originals many years ago from across the room of a crowded coffee shop and it just glowed. That is when I met in person (by accident) a long-time collector many of you would know. Lovely.

Thanks and very cool memory 😎

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:43

Sorry for your loss my friend! Sincere condolences to you and your family!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 30th, 2024-16:26
Congrats on this incredible piece. One of a kind!

JLC 🙈🙈🙈🙊🙊🙊😕

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:49

Yep... Sad.

 By: amanico : April 1st, 2024-20:10


 By: CR : March 30th, 2024-16:49
Congratulations on the acquisition. VERY happy for you. The Tourbillon PLM is iconic, important, and beautiful. All three. And YG is THE metal for this watch. I have told the story before about how Walter Lange excitedly showed off his YG Tourbillon PLM #... 

Very sorry for your loss Justin. Wishing you and your loved ones all the power to cope in this hard times.

 By: Derreck : March 30th, 2024-18:22
Glad you acquired this great and very important piece, I’m sure it will have a nice place in your collection.

Many thanks for the kind words 🙏

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:47


 By: InHavenPro : March 30th, 2024-18:24
My sincere condolences, my father passed away from cancer 19 years ago almost to the day.... All the best, Filip

Congratulations on this one!

 By: Champthekid : March 30th, 2024-18:32
Super piece.

Thank you 😊

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-19:48

Wonderful in yellow!

 By: bruckner4 : March 31st, 2024-00:23
Condolences for your loss, holdemchamp.

Many thanks my friend 🧡

 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 1st, 2024-21:29

The most memorable Lange und Söhne of the modern relaunch

 By: hora12reborn : March 31st, 2024-07:25
quartet in October 1994. If there had to be only one it would be this one. Congratulations. Have a nice Easter weekend. My thoughts in these difficult times.

Another amazing and beautiful piece in your stunning collection my friend

 By: Watchonthewrists : March 31st, 2024-07:30
This is a Lange Masterpiece 😘👌🏻

WOW 👏 what a piece! Enjoy it a lot and sorry for your loss

 By: christianch : March 31st, 2024-08:32
for many years I also accummulated butl ast year I sold many pieces and consolidated. Just don't sell the FP Journe minute repeater because is my favourite in your collection 🤭 Enjoy your PLM, a true masterpiece. Christian

I’m sorry to hear about your dad. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

 By: Obeezy : March 31st, 2024-14:28
I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this piece. It’s historical significance, the horological first, the significance to ALS-you said it all! It’s outstanding! Congratulations on an outstanding addition. Wear it in the best of health!

That strap is so nice I came back to look at it

 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 31st, 2024-18:17
The alligator scales are huge. And that thread. Top class

Now I remember seeing that...

 By: TeutonicCarFan : April 2nd, 2024-19:01
Russell996 on other forums... get him to post here !

This definitely worthy of being called a "Progenitor".

 By: Rhyzen : April 1st, 2024-15:33
This is a most special piece to say the least. You are literally wearing a piece of Lange's historical resurgence!

The ultimate Lange watch. My gosh, what a treasure. Look at the soft glow of that dial…

 By: aviya : April 6th, 2024-09:52
I am sad for the loss of your father, though I take it from your story that it has sharpened your appreciation for life - and for the finer things given how short our time is. Enjoy every moment with your YG Lange Tourbillon PLM.