Established in 1845 in Glashutte, Germany - company founder, Ferdinand Adolph Lange began turning his vision in creating the world’s best watches into a reality. When the manufacturing facilities got demolished as a result of a bomb during the Second World War it was up to Lange’s great grandson, Walter Lange to re-open the company years later after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Walter Lange set up the business from the very foundations once again, creating a number of special collections that have become hallmarks of the company’s manufacture and their quest for perfection ever since.
With a three quarter plate made from untreated German silver, screwed golden chatons and a hand engraved balance cock – it is no wonder that the A. Lange & Sohne 1815 watch has become one of the most popular models to date. The floral decoration applied free-style by the steady hand of a master artisan to the surface of the balance cock is put on show through an exhibition caseback made from sapphire crystal glass. With special anti reflective and scratch resistant properties, the wearer is granted a clear and crisp view into the manufacturing world of A. Lange & Sohne, enabling him or her to watch the components working seamlessly alongside one another whilst the movement is in motion. On the front of the dial, there are a number of characteristics that set the 1815 watch apart from others. The detailed minute railway track which scales the outer edge of the dial brings the entire face of the watch into proportion. Blued steel hands join the beautiful finishes seen again in some parts of the movement, which are first coated in magnetite and then heated to 300 degrees Celsius to give-off a glimmering cornflower blue colour. The dial is also adorned with classic Arabic numerals denoting the hour markers and of course the A. Lange & Sohne lettering emblazoned onto the surface of the dial. 1815 watches celebrate the birth year of Ferdinand Adolph Lange and make for a great gift to any collector of German-made wristwatches. These special timepieces are completed on a supple leather strap to ensure comfort is guaranteed for hour upon hour of wear.
The Saxonia line of A. Lange & Sohne watches are characterised by their small second sub-dials at 6 o’clock and a set of elongated hour batons often finished in solid gold. The central hands on a Saxonia watch have also been carved to perfection. They add to a strong sense of simplicity which runs through the core of every Saxonia watch. The “Saxonia” name refers to the small village of Saxony in which has been at the vanguard of technical watchmaking developments throughout the course of history. Reflecting the company’s quest for perfection, there is nothing not to fall in love with in a watch from the iconic Saxonia collection. Stylish and easy to wear with any choice in attire, the wearer can enjoy accompanying a Saxonia watch with smart evening attire or a professional office suit by day.
The A. Lange & Sohn Lange 1 watch is another distinct timepiece from the German company’s portfolio of models. It is instantly recognisable as a watch from Lange since it’s off-centre main timekeeping scale is one of a kind. With cases crafted in platinum or gold and Roman numeral indices to reflect these finishes - these watches are super luxurious yet refined and subdued at the same time. Other features on the dial of a Lange 1 watch include a power reserve indicator to show the status of the impeccable movement fitted to its centre. Some A. Lange & Sohne movements are specially tailored so that they fit inside specific case dimensions, demonstrating the company’s determination and pride in every individual process involving the manufacture of a watch. A day of the week indicator is also seen upon the dial of a Saxonia watch, along with oversized double windowed date apertures which sit at the top of the dial trimmed in a sumptuous golden border. The date aperture is three times the size of any date window seen on a standard wristwatch. It is the extra details like this that make every A. Lange & Sohne watch so special and unique.