Lange & Sohne is by far one of the finest watch brands in the world today. The company was founded by F.A. Lange in 1815. The brand came out of the Saxon region of Germany in the town of Glashutte.
After World War II in 1948, the Lange family was expropriated, hence making this incredible watch maker obsolete.
Today, Walter Lange, the great grandson of the founder F.A. Lange, will soon celebrate his 90th birthday and is responsible for reviving the brand in 1990 with the inheritance left to him by his ancestors.
In 1994, only four years after reinventing the company, which his great grandfather founded, Walter Lange with the assistance of his his business partner Günter Blümlein, introduced the first collection of 4 A Lange & Sohne watches. These 4 watches are a symbol that the pinnacle of German watch making was reborn.
Not only did he revive this incredible brand and respect the history by making one of the finest watches out there today, but more importantly for him, over 1300 people have jobs in watchmaking in his old home town and there is plenty of room for growth.
Lange & Sohne is owned by the Richemont Group and Walter Lange no longer takes an active role in the firm’s everyday affairs, but 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 keeps up appearances as the brand’s ambassador and figurehead respected by collectors all over the world.
I am proud to say that I had the esteemed privilege an honor of meeting Mr Walter Lange over 10 years ago and he is one of the most humble people I have ever met. His humility, courage and passion have created the infrastructure to make Glashütte the German capital of watchmaking once again. For his achievements, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Glashütte in 1995, and in 1998 the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
Ironically, he was ecstatic last year, when he received the the distinction of “Hommage à la Passion” by the Swiss Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie in Lausanne Switzerland for his life’s work for reviving one of the most important watch brands in history.