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23 June, 2021
A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne was founded by Ferdinand Adolf Lange in Dresden, Saxony in 1845 and over the next 100 years the company created some of the most sought-after pocket watches, until 1948, when the post-war Soviet administration nationalized the company’s property and the watch brand ceased to exist.
In 1990, after the reunification of East and West Germany, Ferdinand Adolf Lange’s great-grandson Walter, along with watch executives Günter Blümlein and Hartmut Knothe, revived the brand to its former glory and in the year 2000 it became part of the Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A.
Today, this prestigious German brand is recognised for its unique complications and designs as well as its exceptional finishing.
Five interesting facts about A. Lange & Söhne
The 1815 Collection is named after Ferdinand Adolf Lange’s year of birth.
The company started life with a team of 15 basket weavers who were taught the basics of watchmaking by Ferdinand Adolf himself.
Walter Lange was already at retirement age when he set about reviving his great-grandfather’s watch business.
To honor Walter Lange who passed away in 2017, the company auctioned a stainless-steel 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” that went under the hammer for CHF 852,000 with proceeds going to the Children Action Foundation.
Famous people spotted wearing A. Lange & Söhne include Clint Eastwood, Leslie Moonves and Vladimir Putin among others.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1845 and 1990 Company status: Public limited company of the Richemont group Senior Management: Wilhelm Schmid, CEO Number of employees: 770 Flagship collections:
– Lange 1
– Richard Lange Bestseller:
– Lange 1
– Saxonia Moon Phase Retail prices in USD: From USD 15,500 to 335,800 (excluding exceptional pieces and limited editions) Annual production: Around 5,000 pieces