20 years A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

On 24 October 1994, four years of intensive construction and development work culminated in the memorable presentation of the first Lange collection of the new era. Tomorrow a big celebration will take place in Dresden…

Happy Birthday LANGE1!

Four years of intensive construction and development work on the part of the team led by Walter Lange and his business partner Günter Blümlein finally culminated in the memorable presentation of the first Lange collection of the new era. This first quartet of watches – four classic timepieces of the greatest technical refinement and the most perfect craftsmanship – exceeded all expectations and resurrected the watchmaking legend.

 

Walter Lange 2013
Walter Lange 2013
Günter Blümlein, * 21. March 1943 in Nürnberg; † 1. October 2001 in Schaffhausen
Günter Blümlein in 2000. * 21. March 1943 in Nürnberg; † 1. October 2001 in Schaffhausen
Günter Blümlein, Hartmut Knothe, Walter Lange
Günter Blümlein, Hartmut Knothe, Walter Lange presenting the new watches on 24th October 1994
The first A. Lange & Söhne collection from 1994
The first A. Lange & Söhne collection from 1994

 

The news that the illustrious name of A. Lange & Söhne was reborn caused a paradigm shift: the art of fine watchmaking had once more found a second home, outside Switzerland.

After a long series of watchmaking successes, A. Lange & Söhne has established itself as a global luxury brand in some sixty countries. From the small initial workforce, an enterprise employing 700 people has grown up and, over 20 years, the four timepieces of the first collection have given rise to five imposing watch families, comprising over 70 references.

More than 1,300 people now have jobs in watchmaking in Walter Lange´s old hometown. And the growth is still there.

Even if Walter Lange no longer takes an active part in the firm’s everyday affairs, he continues to keep track of the development of “his” manufactory as an expert adviser and, as he himself expresses it, a “bridge to history”. At trade fairs and important events, he still puts in an appearance as the brand’s representative, esteemed by all. Although he is too modest ever to say such a thing himself, the fact that A. Lange & Söhne exists again today is chiefly due to the courage of Walter Lange. His pioneering efforts and the firm that he founded created the conditions to make Glashütte the German capital of watchmaking once again.

 

The todays Lange 1 family …

The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 family
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 family

 

Tomorrow we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lange 1 in Dresden and this short film will be shown the very first time to all invited guests. You can see the film already here one day earlier…

You for sure remember my presentation of the Lange 1 by air and land from last August. If not, please just search for A. Lange & Söhne with the help of the search function of the blog and you will find these eight episodes…

This is  a screen shot of what you get when you search for A. Lange & Söhne

 

Screenshot when you search for A. Lange & Söhne on www.watch-insider.com
Screenshot when you search for A. Lange & Söhne on www.watch-insider.com

 

The film was produced during this memorable day in August in Dresden and Glashütte

 

 

 

More about the celebration will go online in the next days… So, stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • Happy B day Lange 1. I’ll continue to wish to ever own one. Who knows, Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve been good.

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