HERITAGE

Our history is inextricably linked with the Saxon Court, where only the best was good enough. This ambitious environment and its patronage sustainably promoted art and science in Saxony – and in the course of this also the development of watchmaking.

This also benefited the young Ferdinand Adolph Lange, who, at only 15 years of age, was apprenticed to the watchmaker Johann Friedrich Gutkaes, who was known far beyond Saxony's borders. Together they developed the Five-Minute Clock for the Semperoper in Dresden. After completing his apprenticeship and travelling through France, England and Switzerland, Ferdinand Adolph Lange was drawn back to Saxony, where he brought the knowledge he gained to a manufactory in Glashütte.

The pursuit of perfection begins here, as he set out to build watches that are among the best in the world. It wasn't long before his efforts were recognised internationally and his pocket watches were presented as exquisite gifts by heads of state.

Richard Lange, one of Ferdinand Adolph Lange's sons, continued to develop fine watchmaking. Through scientific research and improvements, he has contributed to 27 patents. Some of these are still used in mechanical watches today. Emil Lange, another of Ferdinand's sons, not only achieved world fame for his “Century Tourbillon” presented at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900, but also received the Knight's Cross of the French Legion of Honour.

After the Second World War, the manufactory was forcibly nationalised and A. Lange & Söhne became a legend. But in 1990, Walter Lange seized the opportunity to take up his family's legacy, which was thought to have been lost, and re-founded the A. Lange & Söhne brand – exactly 145 years after Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the foundations for German fine watchmaking.

The presentation of the first collection followed four years later, which, thanks to the vision of Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, took A. Lange & Söhne to the top of the watchmaking world. Rising from nothing, our manufactory continues the tradition and builds watches that are among the best in the world. 

A. LANGE & SÖHNE IS REBORN

A. LANGE & SÖHNE IS REBORN

In 1989, Germany celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. Walter Lange immediately considers the establishment of a Lange manufactory in Glashütte and makes his dream come true.
RICHARD AND EMIL LANGE – RISE AND GLOBAL RENOWN

RICHARD AND EMIL LANGE – RISE AND GLOBAL RENOWN

In 1868, gifted watch designer Richard Lange and skilled businessman Emil Lange became co-owners of their father’s company.
FERDINAND ADOLPH LANGE EARLY YEARS

FERDINAND ADOLPH LANGE EARLY YEARS

Ferdinand Adolph Lange was a pioneering spirit who revolutionized precision watchmaking.
UNFORGETTABLE MASTERPIECES
UNFORGETTABLE MASTERPIECES
Since 1990, Lange has been creating mechanical works of art that have found permanent places in notable collections and in our memories.
GÜNTER BLÜMLEIN - THE LEGEND REMAINS UNFORGOTTEN
GÜNTER BLÜMLEIN - THE LEGEND REMAINS UNFORGOTTEN
One of Günter Blümlein’s greatest achievements was the revival of the A. Lange & Söhne brand, essentially from scratch.
HOMAGE TO WALTER LANGE
HOMAGE TO WALTER LANGE
Instead of retiring like other people in their mid sixties, Walter Lange once again turned his vision of creating the world’s best watches into reality.
THE FIVE-MINUTE CLOCK IN THE SEMPER OPERA HOUSE
THE FIVE-MINUTE CLOCK IN THE SEMPER OPERA HOUSE
A “respectable chronometer” unlike any the world had ever seen.
SAXONY UNDER AUGUSTUS THE STRONG
SAXONY UNDER AUGUSTUS THE STRONG
The ruler created administrative bodies, pursued smart economic policies, and promoted the arts, architecture, artisanship, and the sciences.
SAXONY BEFORE WATCHMAKING
SAXONY BEFORE WATCHMAKING
The Ore Mountains and the small town of Glashütte were once a stronghold of the European mining industry – the beginning of a long tradition or artisanship.