On the occasion of visiting the newly opened Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden/Saxony I spoke to Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne.

Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne

Without the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden, the A. Lange & Söhne watch brand might never have conceived. Is this just a provoking statement?

In the late 18th century, with its observatory and timekeeping service, the Salon became the “Greenwich of Saxony” and the crucible for precision watchmaking in Dresden. Here, the young Ferdinand A. Lange took inspiration from the ingenious devices invented by Saxon astronomers and clockmakers to realise his entrepreneurial dream of crafting the world’s finest watches in Saxony. When he established his manufactory in 1845, his vision came true; he started a tradition that is still nurtured and evolved at A. Lange & Söhne to this very day.

 

Today the thoroughly renovated Mathematics and Physics Salon with its eminent collection of scientific and time-measuring instruments opened its doors. An entire department is dedicated to exhibiting automata, clocks, and watches that date back to the Renaissance period. Under the heading “From Dresden to Glashütte”, one of the highlights of this section is the history of horology in Saxony from its origins in the Mathematics and Physics Salon to the establishment of the Saxon precision watchmaking industry in the Ore Mountains by Ferdinand A. Lange. Early A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches in the museum’s collection are prime witnesses of these close historic ties.

 

The new permanent exhibition of the Mathematics and Physics Salon does also showcase the famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902. A few years ago, it was meticulously restored in Lange’s ateliers for historic timepieces. And the “42500” served as model for the “Grand Complication”, A. Lange & Söhne presented in January at the SIHH in Geneva.

The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902, showcased in the Mathematics and Physics Salon
The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902, showcased in the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden
The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902.
The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902.
The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902.
The famous A. Lange & Söhne “42500” pocket watch crafted in 1902.
A masterpiece of fine watchmaking: GRAND COMPLICATION
A masterpiece of fine watchmaking: A. Lange & Söhne GRAND COMPLICATION presented at the SIHH in January 2013

 

Johann Heinrich Seyffert’s 1807 regulator taken from the inventory of the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden inspired the design of a meanwhile legendary wristwatch of A. Lange & Söhne: the “Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite, launched in 2011.

 

Johann Heinrich Seyffert's 1807 regulator from the inventory of the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden
Johann Heinrich Seyffert’s 1807 regulator from the inventory of the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden

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Johann Heinrich Seyffert's 1807 regulator inspired the design of A. Lange & Söhne: the “Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite
Johann Heinrich Seyffert’s 1807 regulator inspired the design of A. Lange & Söhne: the “Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite

 

A. Lange & Söhne has been a sponsor of the Dresden State Art Collections since 2006. Understandably, a key focus in this alliance is on the Mathematics and Physics Salon.

 

Today I had lunch with Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne, just after the official press conference and after visiting the reopened Salon. After lunch I recorded this conversation. I invite you to listen what Wilhelm Schmid told about being a sponsor of the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden.

But before that we talked about the general performance of watch industry in 2013. Will it be a good year? Click here an find out what he thinks …

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Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne
Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne in the brands boutique in Dresden.
Wilhelm Schmid was wearing the new "Datograph Up/Down"
Wilhelm Schmid was wearing the new “Datograph Auf/Ab”

 

 

These are more pictures of the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden.

The thoroughly renovated Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden
The thoroughly renovated Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresden 
Clock showing the planets from 1563 - 1568 done by Eberhard Baldewein, Hans Bucher, Hermann Diepel
Clock showing the planets from 1563 – 1568 done by Eberhard Baldewein, Hans Bucher, Hermann Diepel 
Grande Cpmplication "La Grandiose" Martin Seidel 1942 -1952
Grande Complication “La Grandiose” Martin Seidel 1942 -1952

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Table clock, Paulus Schuster, 1587
Table clock, Paulus Schuster, 1587 
Pocket watch Charles Frodsham, 1855
Pocket watch Charles Frodsham, 1855 
The ceremonial hall Foto: Hans Christian Krass
The ceremonial hall  
the collection of globes Foto: Hans Christian Krass
The collection of globes

 

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