Following the vision of Ferdinand Adolph Lange to build the world’s best watches, A. Lange & Söhne strives for ultimate precision and explores new avenues in order to advance the art of fine watchmaking.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he opened his manufactory in 1845. Under the leadership of his highly talented sons Richard and Emil, the A. Lange & Söhne brand won worldwide fame. The luxurious high-precision pocket watches from Saxony were exported around the world and the list of available complications was impressive.
The company was nationalised after the Second World War and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly fell into oblivion. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange, master watchmaker in the fourth generation, had the courage to relaunch the brand. After a glorious comeback in 1994, A. Lange & Söhne today produces only a few thousand wristwatches per year and only in precious metals. They are all equipped with the brand's proprietary movements, which are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand.
In only 25 years, A. Lange & Söhne has developed more than 50 in-house movements and secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. The company's greatest successes include innovative time-keeping instruments such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a series produced wristwatch, as well as the ZEITWERK with its supremely legible, precisely jumping numerals. Both of these models have become icons of a brand that constantly seeks to better itself by enriching the world of fine watchmaking with innovative timepieces.
Over four generations, the watchmakers of the Lange family have been pursuing just one goal: to produce timepieces that represent the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. In doing so they follow the maxim coined by Walter Lange: “There’s something one should expect not only of a watch, but also of oneself: to never stand still.” This quest for perfection is seen in many aspects the work carried out in the company's workshops today.
Every A. Lange & Söhne is fitted with a mechanical movement that has been designed and built in house. Since the company was relaunched in 1990, more than 50 different Lange movements have been produced. Apart from some very rare exceptions, all the components of the watch are produced within the workshops. Even the beating heart of every mechanical timepiece – the balance spring, a vital component that only a handful of watch brands are capable of producing.
Each movement component - even those that only the watchmaker will ever see - is decorated by hand with a meticulously applied surface finish. Edges are chamfered and polished and the free-hand engraving of the balance cock turns each Lange watch into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are produced exclusively in precious materials with the utmost of artisanal skill and thus only in limited numbers. Every movement is assembled, disassembled and then reassembled to ensure supreme perfection and precision. Screwed gold chatons, diamond endstones, and heat-treated blued screws are further typical quality hallmarks that make an A. Lange & Söhne watch an excellent long-term investment.
1815: Ferdinand Adolph Lange is born in Dresden. Following his apprenticeship as a watchmaker, he spends four years in Paris and Switzerland.
1845: In the former mining town Glashütte, Ferdinand Adolph Lange establishes the "Lange & Cie." watch workshop, thereby laying the foundation for fine watchmaking in Saxony.
1948: A. Lange & Söhne's main production building was almost completely destroyed in an air raid. Three years later, the company is expropriated by the East German regime.
1990: Following Germany's reunification, Walter Lange, a great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, founds the Lange Uhren GmbH and registers the A. Lange & Söhne trademark worldwide.
1994: A. Lange & Söhne presents the first collection of the new era at the Dresden Royal Palace: LANGE 1, SAXONIA, ARKADE and TOURBILLON "Pour le Mérite".
2015: A. Lange & Söhne celebrates the 200th birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange and the inauguration of its new factory, which provides state-of-the-art production facilities.
LANGE 1: Innovation and uniqueness
With its off-centre dial configuration and the first outsize date in a series wristwatch the LANGE 1 has become the brand’s most iconic model.
SAXONIA: Mechanical virtuosity
Lange’s long-standing tradition of ingenuity and craftsmanship is reflected in an unrivalled passion for detail and a sense of unostentatious elegance.
ZEITWERK: Unconventional ideas
The Zeitwerk introduced a new way of displaying time by means of a bold design concept and a revolutionary movement.
RICHARD LANGE: Scientific precision
A tribute to the ultra-precise A. Lange & Söhne observation watches that were built to meet the highest scientific demands.
1815: Living tradtion
Reflecting noble understatement and the quest for perfection, the 1815 watch family transfers the spirit of A. Lange Söhne’s pocket watches to the 21st century.