Without Günter Blümlein, Glashütte would not again be the centre of the German watchmaking industry today. With systematic and sustainable investments in the site and in training, he created important prerequisites for restoring the city of Glashütte’s status as a centre of international precision watchmaking.
One of Günter Blümlein’s greatest achievements was the revival of the A. Lange & Söhne brand, essentially from scratch. Together with Walter Lange, he developed an integrated corporate, product and marketing concept that propelled the name A. Lange & Söhne back to the pinnacle of precision watchmaking where the brand stood prior to its involuntary hiatus of 40 years. No watch underscores this ambitious venture better than the TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”. Among the four watches of the first collection, it dominates the domain of horological complications. Its most precious feature is the fusée-and-chain transmission, a refined mechanism that equalises the waning force of the mainspring and that had never before been integrated in a wristwatch.
The innovative designs and mechanical inventions created under his guidance still reverberate today. Key developments at A. Lange & Söhne included the LANGE 1 with its new off-centre dial architecture and the first outsize date in a regularly produced wristwatch, as well as the first chronograph calibre crafted in-house for the DATOGRAPH.