Back in 2007, I was on of the first twelve people in the world to graduate the very exclusive and prestigious A Lange & Sohne Akademie in Glashuette Germany. It was very comprehensive, technical and historic all at the same time. We learned about all aspects of the brand to be able to set ourselves a part from the rest. I am super grateful till today for the tremendous privilege and honor.
On November 17 and 18, 2016, a small group of eight watchmaking enthusiasts (experts and collectors) will be invited to participate in the VIP Akademie organised by A. Lange & Söhne in Zurich. Any watchmaking enthusiast may submit an application to participate in this two-day session, for which all expenses will be paid by the manufacture. The applicants will be selected based on their collection, but also the date their application was submitted.
“The aim of this exclusive event is to allow experts and collectors to discover the excellence of Saxon watchmaking,” states Luca Dondi, Brand Director for Europe and Russia/CIS at A. Lange & Söhne. “Over a two-day period they will wear the blouse of a watchmaker and engraver and will discover with their own eyes the degree of extreme attention required for the design and manufacture of our timepieces, whether in the assembly of the Lange mechanism, or engraving the balance cock. All this in the friendly and professional atmosphere of an exclusive company such as ours.”
Set up for the first time in Switzerland, the VIP Akademie concept was born in Milan, Italy, in 2011 with the support of the Glashütte teams. The session in Zurich will be led by Joanna Lange herself accompanied by an experienced watchmaker and one of the six engravers who strive to make each Lange model a unique work of art.
“We wish to share our passion for watchmaking with people who speak the same language as us: men and women passionate about watches and who select their timepieces according to their quality and innovation,” continues Luca Dondi. “Hosting the VIP Akademie event in Switzerland this year is interesting as we are able to offer experts the possibility to study the differences between Swiss and Saxon art. I am convinced that this experience will be enlightening for all those concerned.”
You can register online with Lange, here