I am sad to report that we lost a true visionary and a very honorable man in the watch industry last night. A Lange & Sohne Honorary Chariman, Walter Lange has passed away at the age of 92.
For those of you who are unaware, Walter Lange was the great grandson of A Lange & Sohne Founder, Adolf Lange. In 1990, Walter Lange carried out his his great grandfather’s legacy and revived the brand after 40 years. I have had the pleasure to eat, drink and talk to Mr Walter Lange on several occasions. He was an amazing man. A humble and very proud man. He was also simple and had amazing energy. You could feel his pride when you spoke to him about A Lange & Sohne, it was in his veins! Some of these watches were a part of his family’s history that he was able to breath life back into and resurrect to become one of the top watch brands in the world. They are at the pinnacle of haute horology. So many important watches like the iconic Lange 1, The Datograph and many other pieces wouldn’t exist with Mr Walter Lange.
He will be missed and my heart goes out to his amazing family, friends and colleagues!