A. Lange & Söhne was founded by Ferdinand Adolf Lange in Dresden, Saxony in 1845 and over the next 100 years they 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.
five interesting facts about a. lange & söhne
1 – AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The 1815 Collection is named after Ferdinand Adolf Lange’s year of birth.
2 – THE BASKET WEAVERS
The company started life with a team of 15 basket weavers who were taught the basics of watchmaking by Ferdinand Adolf himself.
3 – WALTER LANGE
Walter Lange was already at retirement age when he set about reviving his great-grandfather’s watch business.
4 – HOMAGE TO WALTER LANGE
To honor Walter Lange who passed away in 2017, the company will be auctioning off a stainless-steel 1815 “Homage to Walter Lange” this year for a charitable cause.
5 – CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE BEEN SPOTTED WEARING LANGE
Famous people spotted wearing A. Lange & Sohne include Clint Eastwood, Leslie Moonves, and Vladimir Putin among others.