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A. Lange & Söhne

A German manufacture that shows so many Swiss manufacturers the cold shoulder. A. Lange & Söhne stands for outstanding quality as well as for tradition. Rightly so, the company was born twice! Read for yourself about the fascinating history of the exclusive manufactory.

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Tradition with two attempts

The founding of the A. Lange & Söhne manufacture dates back to 1845 - and in 1990. Exactly! You read it correctly. The company wrote a success story with a temporary interruption. But all in order! We take a look back to the year 1845, when Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded in Glashütte, the manufactory "A. Lange & Cie.". He laid not only the cornerstone of today's luxury watch manufacturer, but also the Glashütte watch industry in general. In 1868, the two oldest sons of the founder joined the company, which was then renamed to A. Lange & Söhne. After initial difficulties, the company had already in 1875 over 70 employees and was considered an impetus for the development of the structurally weak Saxon village in the Erzgebirge. Glashütte soon became the german watchmaking equivalent to Switzerland with its well-known manufacturers. Under the leadership of sons Richard and Emil Lange, the company achieved worldwide renown and successfully existed until 1948 before being expropriated by the Soviet occupying forces. Manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne was 103 years old at the time and had already received more than 30 watch patents, including the use of a beryllium alloy for the manufacture of balance springs. Through this process, the inhibition of a watch gains elasticity. This approach is used until today and was taken over in the whole watch industry worldwide. During the existence of the GDR, seven of the watch factories in Glashütte were nationalized and combined into the state-owned enterprise "VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB)".

After the reunification of Germany, two things emerged: The GUB became the "Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH" in 1993, as we know the brand today. December 7 1990 the great-grandson Walter Lange founded the new watch manufacturer "Lange Uhren GmbH" in Glashütte. He acquired the rights of the name A. Lange & Söhne and brought the family business back to life. Once again, the company struggled with considerable teething problems, because W. Lange had literally nothing. No watch in stock, no staff and no premises for production. Fortunately the paths of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein crossed: The businessman was responsible for the watch brands IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre at this time. Blümlein recognized the potential, knew about the tradition of the company. Thanks to his network, 48 newly hired employees of A. Lange & Söhne had been made familiar, in the halls of IWC, with modern production methods. The family business was back on track. As early as 1994, four new watch models were presented. They were a sensation throughout the industry and consolidated the position of the traditional manufactory. Today, in the appearance of the A. Lange & Söhne models, we recognize one thing above all else: the ideas and ideals of the founder Ferdinand A. Lange. True to the tradition, the timepieces are witnesses of their time. Mechanical pieces of art with refined components of excellent craftsmanship.

What is extraordinary about it? Partly in order to tie in with one's own history, partly because good is not good enough, each individual watch is assembled twice at A. Lange & Söhne. Because after successful initial assembly, the functionality of the watch is checked, then it is completely disassembled and each part is refined. Then the final assembly takes place. Another unmistakable trademark of the manufactory is the patented big date. Unlike most date displays, A. Lange & Söhne presents the display three times larger than others, with two independent dials instead of one with 31 numbers. The large date display can be traced back to the teacher of the former founder Ferdinand A. Lange, Friedrich Gutkaes. He built the stage clock of the Dresden Semperoper, in which the principle of the two dials was rediscovered early on.

What to look for when buying as an investment?

Many people are looking for alternative ways to invest money. Especially in a time of low interest rates, options are very welcome. It is not so long ago that the luxury watch market has come into the limelight. Because it is true, with the right watch there can be achieved under certain circumstances, high profits. But which model is the right watch? We can not answer that question straight away. But we can give you a few hints on what to look out for when buying a watch for investment reasons. On the one hand, the reputation of the manufacturer is crucial; a brand like A. Lange & Söhne with its rank, name and above all, a long tradition holds great potential.

The location of the manufactory makes a difference. Even though the materials in Switzerland are the same as in Germany due to globalization, Switzerland is still regarded as a horological Mecca and symbolically stands for the highest quality. Brands from Switzerland often have an advantage in value preservation, but exceptions confirm the rule! A German brand like A. Lange & Söhne is in no way inferior to well-known manufacturers. In addition, the condition of a model is crucial, especially vintage watches can be good investments - if they are well preserved. On the other hand, the number of pieces produced is of great importance. The fewer models in circulation, the higher the prices can be. Finally, the watch should be different from others. Be it through special functions or advertisements, in view of the future, such complications are a tremendous opportunity for value creation. Vintage A. Lange & Söhne watches meet these criteria. Surely A. Lange & Söhne is not cheap, but in the future, the popular timepieces could turn out at a much higher price. Whatever one ultimately decides, a thorough research should be a prerequisite for the purchase decision.

The 5 best arguments why you should buy

  • Understatement - anything but pretentious, but absolutely reliable. Connoisseurs know about the quality of A. Lange & Söhne watches
  • German origin - Not all major luxury watches come from Switzerland. From a horological point of view, Glashütte is the German counterpart to Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Good is not good enough - every single watch is built twice from scratch at A. Lange & Söhne. The first time to check if all parts work together smoothly. Then the watch is completely disassembled for refining and reassembled. The functionality and avoidance of possible faults are thus guaranteed.
  • Tradition - the company was founded twice. So it got the chance to learn from any mistakes. The fact that they did not let this opportunity go unused is recognized for an example on the quality of the timepieces offered. Today, A. Lange & Söhne can look back on a long tradition.
  • Sustainability - Not only the alligator leather used, but also the gems of the watches are subject to the strictest guidelines in order to guarantee social, ethical and environmentally friendly practices. Thus, there is also a special protection seal on every leather bracelet by A. Lange & Söhne, with whose registration number even the name of the alligator can be traced.

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  • The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 collection has been the key model of the manufacturer since its launch in 1994. Currently, the watch family includes twelve model variants. The design of the classic Lange 1 has remained widely unchanged since then, the decentralized time display is striking. In addition, it offers a small second with a second stop and an indicator for up to 72 hours of power reserve. The mandatory big date display is at two o'clock, which is jumping since the second generation. This makes it easy to read the date at any time. The timepiece is powered by the manufacture caliber L121.1. The models in the collection are 38.5 mm wide and available in platinum, red gold, yellow gold or white gold.
    • The Lange 1 (Ref. 101.032) from the year 2002 is available used, but in very good condition, including original box and papers, around 16.500 €. It can be bought through the the online shop of Watchmaster. Its case is rose gold, the dial black.
    • The Lange 1 (Ref. 101.021) from 2012, also in very good condition and with box and papers, costs 21.170 €. The case is yellow gold, the dial is champagne colored.
  • The Lange 1 Time zone is part of the Lange 1 family and can determine the current time for all 24 time zones of the world parallel to the home time. Its case diameter is almost 42 mm, it is currently available only in platinum, rose gold or white gold.
    • The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 time zone (Ref. 116.021) from the year 2005 costs in used, but very good condition as Full Set 25.800 €. The case of the model shines in yellow gold. This model is no longer available.
    • The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 time zone (Ref. 116.025) dates from 2009 and has a platinum case. It costs as a full set only 27,400 €.
  • With the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia family, the company presents a prime example of harmonious dial design. The models are reduced to the essentials, namely hour and minute, plus small seconds with a stop second. The true beauty lies in the details, all of which have been perfected. Design accents and a smaller case emphasize their stylish appearance. The current Saxonia collection consists of 19 different variants, with the L941.1 manufacture caliber is ticking inside.
  • Aware of its own origins, A. Lange & Söhne dedicated the 1815 collection to the founder of the family business. Based on the year of birth of Ferdinand A. Langes, the timepiece is equipped with traditional features: blued hands, Arabic numerals and the minute scale in the "Chemin de fer" style make the homage perfect. In addition to hour and minute, there is also a small second with a stop on the dial. The power reserve is 55 hours, in it works the manufacture caliber L051.1. Eleven other model variants characterize the family.
  • The collection A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange builds on the scientific observation clocks of the 20th century. Highest precision and best possible readability are the focus. The timepiece is therefore reduced to hour, minute and second, whereby the time can be read accurate to the sixth of a second thanks to the manufacture caliber L041.2. The watch was dedicated to the son of the founder, thanks to him the company gained worldwide recognition before it was even sold international. The current collection comprises a total of five models.
  • With the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, the company proves its visionary spirit. The model Zeitwerk Minute Repetition is the first mechanical watch with a jump-digit display and a decimal minute repeater. A dial in the traditional sense, so you look in vain, instead, the hours are displayed at nine o'clock and the minutes in a kind of date window. At six o'clock, there is the small second with a stop-second and the power reserve indicator of up to 36 hours is at twelve o'clock. The extraordinary watch is kept in motion by the manufacture caliber L043.5, which consists of an incredible 771 parts and 93 jewels. The collection Zeitwerk consists of four more models, which are no less interesting.

The philosophy of the company

Since the early beginnings in the 19th century, the German company set the highest attention onto highly precise work, combined with sophisticated style. However, the company, which was named the most important German luxury brand in 2007, is also working on the continuous development and improvement of watches, so the company philosophy is based strictly on the highest quality. Here the demands are extremely high, because the models of A. Lange & sons play in the top league of watchmaking - the manufactory faces this challenge and even surpasses it. The title as the most important German luxury brand is therefore more than justified.

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