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A. Lange & Söhne

German  •  b. 1845

Biography

Originally founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashütte, Dresden, Germany, the firm established an entire watchmaking culture and industry in Glashütte. The brand quickly became Germany's finest watchmaker, first creating dependable, easy-to-repair watches before going on to produce some of the world's finest complicated pocket watches, including Grande Sonnerie watches, tourbillon watches and Grande Complications.

On the final day of World War II, their factories were destroyed by Russian bombers, and in 1948 the brand was confiscated by the Soviet Union. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Ferdinand's great grandson Walter Lange re-established the brand with the objective to once again produce top-quality luxury watches. Now part of the Richemont Group, its original vintage and modern creations are highly coveted by collectors. Key models from the modern era include the Lange 1, Pour Le Mérite Tourbillon and the Zeitwerk.

Insights

  • A unique pocket watch with serial number 42,500 was the historic brand's most complicated watch ever made. Delivered in 1902, it combined a perpetual calendar, chronograph, minute repeater and grande et petite sonnerie.

  • In 2014, Walter Lange received the "Special Jury Prize" from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) for his efforts in once again restoring the city of Glashütte into a world-class center of watchmaking.

"A. Lange & Söhne quickly became Germany's finest watchmaker, first creating dependable, easy-to-repair watches before going on to produce some of the world's finest complicated pocket watches."

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