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A. Lange & Söhne

Following the vision of Ferdinand Adolph Lange to build the world’s best watches, A. Lange & Söhne strives for ultimate precision and explores new avenues in order to advance the art of fine watchmaking.

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About

Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he opened his manufactory in 1845. Under the leadership of his highly talented sons Richard and Emil, the A. Lange & Söhne brand won worldwide fame. The luxurious high-precision pocket watches from Saxony were exported around the world and the list of available complications was impressive.

The company was nationalised after the Second World War and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly fell into oblivion. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange, master watchmaker in the fourth generation, had the courage to relaunch the brand. After a glorious comeback in 1994, A. Lange & Söhne today produces only a few thousand wristwatches per year and only in precious metals. They are all equipped with the brand's proprietary movements, which are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand.

In only 25 years, A. Lange & Söhne has developed more than 50 in-house movements  and secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. The company's greatest successes include innovative time-keeping instruments such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a series produced wristwatch, as well as the ZEITWERK with its supremely legible, precisely jumping numerals. Both of these models have become icons of a brand that constantly seeks to better itself by enriching the world of fine watchmaking with innovative timepieces.

1815
Ferdinand Adolph Lange is born in Dresden. Following his apprenticeship as a watchmaker, he spends four years in Paris and Switzerland.
1845
In the former mining town Glashütte, Ferdinand Adolph Lange establishes the "Lange & Cie." watch workshop, thereby laying the foundation for fine watchmaking in Saxony.
1948
A. Lange & Söhne's main production building was almost completely destroyed in an air raid. Three years later, the company is expropriated by the East German regime.
1990
Following Germany's reunification, Walter Lange, a great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, founds the Lange Uhren GmbH and registers the A. Lange & Söhne trademark worldwide.
1994
A. Lange & Söhne presents the first collection of the new era at the Dresden Royal Palace: LANGE 1, SAXONIA, ARKADE and TOURBILLON "Pour le Mérite".
2015
A. Lange & Söhne celebrates the 200th birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange and the inauguration of its new factory, which provides state-of-the-art production facilities.
Philosophy

Over four generations, the watchmakers of the Lange family have been pursuing just one goal: to produce timepieces that represent the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. In doing so they follow the maxim coined by Walter Lange: “There’s something one should expect not only of a watch, but also of oneself: to never stand still.” This quest for perfection is seen in many aspects the work carried out in the company's workshops today.

Every A. Lange & Söhne is fitted with a mechanical movement that has been designed and built in house. Since the company was relaunched in 1990, more than 50 different Lange movements have been produced. Apart from some very rare exceptions, all the components of the watch are produced within the workshops. Even the beating heart of every mechanical timepiece – the balance spring, a vital component that only a handful of watch brands are capable of producing.

Each movement component - even those that only the watchmaker will ever see - is decorated by hand with a meticulously applied surface finish. Edges are chamfered and polished and the free-hand engraving of the balance cock turns each Lange watch into a one-of-a-kind treasure.

A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are produced exclusively in precious materials with the utmost of artisanal skill and thus only in limited numbers. Every movement is assembled, disassembled and then reassembled to ensure supreme perfection and precision. Screwed gold chatons, diamond endstones, and heat-treated blued screws are further typical quality hallmarks that make an A. Lange & Söhne watch an excellent long-term investment.

Collections

1815

Living tradtion : Reflecting noble understatement and the quest for perfection, the 1815 watch family transfers the spirit of A. Lange Söhne’s pocket watches to the 21st century.

Lange 1

Innovation and uniqueness : With its off-centre dial configuration and the first outsize date in a series wristwatch the LANGE 1 has become the brand’s most iconic model.

Richard Lange

Scientific precision : A tribute to the ultra-precise A. Lange & Söhne observation watches that were built to meet the highest scientific demands.

Saxonia

Mechanical virtuosity : Lange’s long-standing tradition of ingenuity and craftsmanship is reflected in an unrivalled passion for detail and a sense of unostentatious elegance.

Zeitwerk

Unconventional ideas : The Zeitwerk introduced a new way of displaying time by means of a bold design concept and a revolutionary movement.

Watches

Ferdinand A. Lange

A Lange & Söhne has among the more storied horological histories around, one that begins with the entrepreneurial and socially conscious Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Born in 1815 in Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, Ferdinand A. Lange would pioneer watchmaking in the region after first catching the horological bug as a 15-year-old apprentice. By 30 he set out to establish a watchmaking trade in the impoverished city of Glashütte, with records from the 1840s showing how he had secured a bank loan where he was then free to train apprentices and buy tools. By 1868 his sons Richard Lange and Emil had joined the company, officially establishing the name A Lange & Sohne.

Walter Lange

The great-grandson of Ferdinand A. Lange, Walter Lange was the modern-day legend of the A Lange & Söhne house. He was among the founding fathers behind establishing Glashütte as an illustrious watchmaking centre to rival that of Switzerland. After serving in the second world war, Walter Lange returned to Glashütte but found he was not free to continue his family’s legacy: 1948 saw the dispossession of the Soviet Occupation Zone in Eastern Germany. Only some 40 years later in 1990 was Walter Lange, along with his renowned manager Gunther Blumlein, able to relaunch his family’s company. In 1994, the 66-year-old Lange presented his first four prototypes to the public, which retailers and the press loved and couldn't help but buy up enthusiastically.

Walter Lange tribute watches

Walter Lange died in January 2017 and to commemorate the great man, A Lange & Söhne produced a range of limited edition 1815 Homage to Walter Lange timepieces. Equipped with a stoppable jumping seconds hand - an invention of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange himself - the watch takes after historic pocket watches. In addition to a one-off steel case version that will be auctioned off for charity in 2018 (expect a record shattering price), the watches are available with a yellow gold case (limited to 27 pieces, which references the number of years elapsed between when Lange revived the company in 1990 and the watch’s launch date), a white gold case (145 pieces, marking A Lange & Söhne’s founding date to its 1990 revival) and a rose gold case (90 pieces, commemorating the momentous 1990 year).

Saxonia models

Paying tribute to the Saxon watchmaking industry, the A Lange & Söhne Saxonia models are a masterclass in understated design. Among the standout pieces is the Automatic Outsize Date with a rose gold case, featuring a double aperture outsize date that’s become hallmark of the house. But for ultra-sleek models that are free and clear of any fuss, that would be the Saxonia Thin. At just 2.9mm thick, the 40mm version comes in either rose or white gold (price of $24,500) while one can buy an even smaller 37mm model with a price of $14,800.

Haute horology

Chic understatement with design free of any fuss may be the A Lange & Söhne signature, but its complicated watches, from chrongraph to perpetual calendar creations, are just as eye-catching - and among the most mechanically superior watches one can buy. Take the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst (price around €300,000), whose movement boasts functions galore including time indicated in hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds, perpetual calendar with moon phase and leap year and a rattrapante chronograph with minute counter. Or consider the gorgeous rose gold Double Split, the first and only chronograph with a double-rattrapante function and featuring two pairs of stopwatch hands for time comparisons, lap time and reference-value measurements. The house’s most complicated watch is the rose gold Grand Complication itself, packed with a grande sonnerie, perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph with flying seconds. And for more chronograph purists, there is the clear-cut 1815 Chronograph that’s among the most accurate one can buy today (price around $50,000), thanks to a jumping minute counter and flyback function.