For the next hundred years, A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches were among the most sought-after timepieces in the world, until the Second World War forced the company into a 40-year hiatus. In 1990, following German reunification, Walter Lange, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, revived the brand which in 2000 became part of the Richemont Group.Now employing close to 500 people, half of whom are watchmakers, the company produces timepieces whose quality of execution has given new status to German mechanical watchmaking.
Ferdinand's son Richard joined him in the business, which became A. Lange & Söhne.
Emperor Wilhelm II commissioned A. Lange & Söhne to make a pocket watch that would be presented to Sultan Abdul Hamid II during an official tour of the Ottoman Empire.
Walter Lange was born in Glashütte. True to the family tradition, he trained as a watchmaker.
On May 8th 1945, the very last day of the Second World War, the workshops of A. Lange & Söhne were caught in a bombing raid.
The Lange family were expropriated and the East German state took possession of the company. Walter Lange had no choice than to flee the country to escape forced labour in the uranium mines.
The family business was merged with other Glashütte firms into the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe, a state combine.
Following Germany's reunification, Walter Lange, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, was able to return to Glashütte and, on December 7th 1990, re-register the A. Lange & Söhne trademark for the entire world.
Lange Uhren GmbH joins the Richemont Group.
After restoration work lasting several years, the head office of A. Lange & Söhne opened in the building to which the company had moved in 1873, and where it had remained until the workshops were partly destroyed in 1945.
With its anniversary collection “165 Years – Homage to F. A. Lange” – a trilogy consisting of the TOURBOGRAPH “Pour le Mérite”, the LANGE 1 TOURBILLON, and the 1815 MOONPHASE in a novel gold alloy of hitherto unmatched hardness – the manufactory commemorates the spiritual legacy of the founder of Germany’s precision watchmaking industry.
Manufactured as a limited edition of six, the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication displays hours, minutes and seconds, and measures short intervals by means of a monopusher chronograph with foudroyant split-seconds. It also incorporates a perpetual calendar with moon phases, in addition to the rarely-seen grande and petite sonnerie complication, together with a minute repeater striking on two gongs.