HISTORY OF A. LANGE & SÖHNE

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HISTORY OF A. LANGE & SÖHNE

Post by koimaster » June 14th 2020, 12:00pm

Haute horologie or the high art of watchmaking often is synonymous with brands such as Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin, or indeed a few, more particular independents like Roger W. Smith and Philippe Dufour. Yet, one brand which was regularly overlooked and has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, is A. Lange & Söhne. Many watch brands have rich histories of struggle, hardship, and new beginnings, one may think of Blancpain and Jean-Claude Biver, for example. However, it is safe to say that few watchmakers’ histories are as rich as that of A. Lange & Söhne.

FERDINAND ADOLF LANGE

The brands’ founder, Ferdinand Adolf Lange, was born in Dresden, Saxony in 1815, only 30km away from the future watchmaking hub of Glashütte (two very interesting details if you know the brand of today). As a young man he was enrolled at the Technical Education Institute in Dresden which had been founded in 1829. There, he met royal watchmaker Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes and became his apprentice at 15. Under his tutelage, Lange became accustomed to the art of watchmaking as well as the fundamentals of the industry he found himself in. Watchmaking was a far cry from gunsmithing, the trade of his father, Samuel Lange. Adolf learnt from his teacher, Gutkaes, before travelling to France to learn under Josef Thaddäus Winnerl, the former apprentice of Abraham-Louis Breguet. During that time, he also attended lectures by Arago, learning physics and improving his theoretical knowledge. In developing his skillset in France, Adolf also quickly understood that a problem with French design was that it relied heavily upon trial and error, which had a subsequent effect on the quality of the timepiece and in some cases the profitability of the enterprise.

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Post by franklin » July 27th 2020, 5:49am

"In buying the rights to the old company, VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe became Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH, and was once again in the hands of the Lange family."

Possibly a slight distortion of the truth. Lange Uhren GmbH (now owned by Richemont) was established in Glashütte in 1990, and certainly owns the rights to the ALS name. However, my reading indicates that VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe GUB (the East German state owned watchmaking conglomerate which, in 1950, absorbed the pre-war Lange und Söhne along with many other firms) was denationalized in 1994 and rebranded as "Glashütte Original" -- for obvious reasons. There is a clue in the fact that the legal name of GO is GLASHÜTTER UHRENBETRIEB GMBH
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Re: HISTORY OF A. LANGE & SÖHNE

Post by TemerityB » July 28th 2020, 6:40pm

bbattle wrote:
July 28th 2020, 5:21pm
Nice little history lesson.
Yeah, that wasn't bad. Lange certainly has its super-fans; I knew a guy in NYC who owned two, and swore he'd never wear anything else. My favorite watch guy in LI is nutes for him, too - though with him, like me, they're simply too rich for his blood.
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