The A. Lange & Söhne headquarters

Company

Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the foundations for Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he established his manufactory in 1845. The company was expropriated after World War II and the A. Lange & Söhne brand disappeared. But in 1990, Walter Lange, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson, ventured to start over again. For the second time, a watch manufactory, named A. Lange & Söhne, was built from nothing in Glashütte. Today, the manufactory produces just a few thousand wristwatches each year – all with movements elaborately decorated and assembled by hand. They are produced in the same spirit and to the same standard as the timepieces that Ferdinand Adolph Lange created in his day.

Milestones and turning points

  • 1990

    On 7 December – right after German reunification – Walter Lange founds Lange Uhren GmbH and registers the A. Lange & Söhne trademark worldwide. 

  • 1994

    The first collection following the company’s re-establishment is presented, including the LANGE 1, the SAXONIA, the ARKADE and the TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”. 

  • 2001

    The Lange headquarters in Glashütte – the former Lange family residence and manufactory building – returns to company ownership. It is mainly used as an administrative building.

  • 2003

    A. Lange & Söhne begins producing its own balance springs. The manufacturing process is so complex that only a few manufactories in the world can master it.

  • 2007

    A. Lange & Söhne opens its first ever store in Dresden, followed by additional boutiques in the world’s shopping hotspots.

  • 2011

    Wilhelm Schmidt becomes CEO of Lange Uhren GmbH.

  • 2013

    The GRAND COMPLICATION is the most complex wristwatch of the new era: it has a chiming movement with a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a split-second chronograph with flying seconds.

  • 2015

    After three years of construction, the new manufactory building opens on 26 August. The new building provides an additional 5,400 square metres of space and improves production processes.

  • 2017

    Walter Lange passes away on 17 January at the age of 92. His motto, “never stand still”, will continue to shape the manufactory’s culture and business in future.