House of Lange

by Carol Lee

The commitment to “Never Stand Still”.

The awakening of this legendary Saxony brand, and the its stories past, present and to come.

173 years of history, in 10 points. What you must know, about A.Lange & Söhne:

  1. This legacy brand with a storied and horological accolade annotated past traces its humble beginnings in Glashütte, Germany.
  2. Founded in 1845, Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand A.Lange staffed his first production workshop for pocket watches with 15 apprentices who were former coal miners and straw weavers.
  3. Forward thinking Lange innovated the craft of watch-making with the introduction of the metric system (for accuracy of calculation and manufacture of movement components), and the three-quarter base plate – now famed as a distinct feature of Lange watches – for improved stability of the movement.
  4. With the involvement of the second Lange generation, the company took on the name A.Lange & Söhne (for A.Lange & Sons).
  5. Lange presented the Grand Complication No. 42500 in 1902, the most complicated pocket watch ever built by the manufactory.Lange Pocketwatches
  6. For generations, A.Lange & Söhne was the favourite watch brand of the Court of Saxony, and serviced the most prestigious of clientele, to include German Emperor William II and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
  7. Second Lange generation Richard Lange discovered that the addition of beryllium to nickel and steel alloys improved the quality of balance springs. To this day, this enhancement to the heart of every technical movement is key to the house. A.Lange & Söhne has been operating their own state-of-the-art production facilities for the propriety spring for their in-house movements since 2003.
  8. After 40 years of involuntary cessation of business (due to nationalisation by the communist regime from 1948 to 1989), master watch-maker Walter Lange, great-grand son of Ferdinand A.Lange moved to revive the sleeping legendary brand, and registered the A.Lange & Söhne trademark worldwide, in 1990 following the re-unification of Germany.
  9. After four years of development, Walter Lange and business partner Günter Blümlein presented the A.Lange & Söhne inaugural collection comprising four styles: Lange 1, Arkade, Saxonia, and Lange Tourbillon, to tremendous positive response from press and trade in 1994. The Lange 1, featuring its distinctive off-centre dial layout and 1992 patented outsize date remains today, a standout iconic reference of the house.
  10. The house has since presented remarkable innovations to the world of precision watchmaking, and annually crafts exclusively only a few thousand wristwatches in precious metals, fitted exclusively with Lange proprietary movements, assembled and completed by hand. The Triple Split Chronograph presented at SIHH 2018 is testament to the house’s core philosophy, to “Never Stand Still”.

The following are quick access links to some of our recent Lange stories, and we invite you to watch this space as we add more conversations about this house of inimitable style.

Legends of Lange

As storied, from Glashütte. Join our visit to the A.Lange & Söhne’s Manufactory, and get up-close and personal with the legendary Lange icons.

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The A. Lange & Söhne Promise of Quality Fine Watchmaking

We visited the Lange Manufactory in Glashütte for a full immersion. Join our conversation with Tino Bobe, A.Lange & Söhne’s Manufactory Director as we talked about the past, present and future. 

Click link “The A. Lange & Söhne Promise of Quality Fine Watchmaking” or image to read.

A.Lange & Söhne: The Connoisseurs Connection

How should a small, exclusive watch brand engage its clients? A. Lange & Söhne may just have the answer, with events such as the Connoisseurs’ Akademie. We catch up with CEO Wilhelm Schmid during the House of Lange in Singapore last month.

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Saxon Precision Watch Making: The Lange Vision

True to the vision of Ferdinand A. Lange, the once secluded town of Glashütte in 1845 is now the heart of precision watchmaking in Saxony.

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House of Lange, in Singapore

Singapore hosted the House of Lange, an exhibition that invites you to discover the Lange world through various themed exhibits, dedicated to:

  • the history, milestones of the brand from 1845 since its founding;
  • Walter Lange, who in 1990 revived A.Lange & Söhne following Germany’s reunification and presented the brand’s first range of wristwatches in 1994;
  • the evolution of Lange chronographs since; and
  • a special display showcasing rare Lange timepieces, several pieces loaned from local collectors.

  • House of Lange

Where: National Museum

When: Open to public for one day, on Saturday 30 June 2018, from 12 to 8pm.

A.Lange & Söhne: what Walter Lange would have deemed the perfect watch

A fitting tribute: what Walter Lange would have deemed the perfect watch.

Click link A. Lange & Söhne: 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” or image to read.

A. Lange & Söhne: 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” Auction Results

Click link A. Lange & Söhne: 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” Auction Result or image to read.

A.Lange & Söhne: Triple Split Chronograph

A. Lange & Söhne invented the Double Split Chronograph in 2004. Fourteen years on in 2018, the German watchmaker has broken their house record and distanced their lead in innovation again with the one-of-its-kind Triple Split Chronograph.

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A.Lange & Söhne: That Little (Lange 1) Time for the Lady

A little iconic timepiece of true horological perfection, for her.

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