“All we had was the vision of once again crafting the world's best watches in Glashütte.“
When time came home
The fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification offered Walter Lange a historic opportunity: On 7 December 1990, in his home town of Glashütte, which he had to leave in 1948 after his family was expropriated, he founded Lange Uhren GmbH and brought back to life the inheritance left to him by his ancestors.
Instead of retiring like other people in their mid sixties, Walter Lange once again turned his vision of creating the world’s best watches into reality.
On 24 October 1994, the first A. Lange & Söhne collection of the new era exceeded all expectations and resurrected the watchmaking legend. The news that the illustrious name of A. Lange & Söhne had been reborn caused a paradigm shift: The art of watchmaking had found a second home, outside of Switzerland. Finally, time had come home.
A courageous new start
Walter Lange’s pioneering efforts paved the way for re-establishing Glashütte as the German capital of watchmaking.
Honouring a committed life
To commemorate the company founder Walter Lange, who passed away in January 2017, A. Lange & Söhne has extended the 1815 watch family with one unusual timepiece:
1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”
The 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” has a stoppable jumping seconds hand, which dates back to a 150-year-old invention by his great-grandfather Ferdinand Adolph Lange.
A unique timepiece
The 40.5-millimetre case of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” is made of stainless steel. This single piece features a black enamel dial inspired by the design of historic pocket watches with the traditional railway-track minute scale and polished hands.
The newly developed movement carries the special calibre number L1924. This refers to Walter Lange’s year of birth. In addition, the first three numbers of the reference number, 297, cite his date of birth, 29 July.
As unique as the man whose name it carries
With this, the new timepiece corresponds to what Walter Lange might have imagined as a perfect timepiece: Externally, it is reduced to the essentials, but, on the inside, it presents something special – a simple but technically exciting complication.
The unique 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” in stainless steel has been auctioned off by Phillips for CHF 852,500 / US$ 852,414 / € 713,627 (hammer price, plus buyer’s premium) on 13 May 2018 in Geneva. This is the highest result that a Lange watch has ever achieved at an auction. „Our company founder Walter Lange, to whom we have dedicated this timepiece, would have been very happy about this result - so are we“, says Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid. All proceeds will go to Children Action. The Swiss-based aid foundation supports disadvantaged children all over the world.
In addition to the unique steel version of the 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange”, limited editions will be available in yellow, white and pink gold. The unusual limitation numbers refer to important dates in the manufactory’s history: 27 years ago, in 1990, Walter Lange founded his company – exactly 145 years after the pioneering achievement of his great-grandfather.
REFERENCE 297.021Limited to 27 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.032Limited to 90 timepieces
REFERENCE 297.026Limited to 145 timepieces
“There's something one should expect not only of a watch but also of oneself: to never stand still.“
An extraordinary life
Throughout his life, Walter Lange never stood still. Even though his early years had been personally and professionally marred by World War II, he followed the family tradition and became a watchmaker.
Committed to perfection, Walter Lange passed on his passion for craftsmanship which has been present at his company for the last 27 years. Therefore, even today each timepiece is still built with the same dedication and desire to improve its precision as in the past.
It is mainly due to Walter Lange’s courage and vision that A. Lange & Söhne exists today.