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Reading for the week-end: The rebirth of A. Lange & Söhne and the history of the Lange 1


The origins of the Saxon manufacturer date back to 1845, when Ferdinand A. Lange, an extraordinarily talented Dresden watchmaker, established his own company and started creating superior pocket-watches.

After the Second World War, the enterprise was expropriated during the Soviet occupation in 1948 and the name of A. Lange & Söhne was almost forgotten.

Luckily, Ferdinand A. Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange and his business partner and friend, Günter Blümlein, at the time the managing director of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre, had the courage to relaunch the brand and in 1990, after the reunification of Germany, founded Lange Uhren GmbH on 7 December 1990 in Glashütte, and registered the A. Lange & Söhne brand worldwide, the first step to bring the Lange watchmaking tradition back to life.

Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein

First introduced in 1994,  the Lange 1 is the most recognisable watch ever created by A. Lange & Söhne, the symbol of the Saxon brand.

To learn more about the path that brought to the ideation and development of the Lange 1, read our feature article "History of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1" 


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