If you are the kind of watch collector that never stops collecting because you’re always in search of something better- always in search of perfection – then A. Lange & Sohne watches are right up your street. Everything about their working ethos is driven by unending diligence and a passion to strive for the very best. Walter Lange, who had the courage to breathe new life into A. Lange & Söhne after the fall of the Berlin Wall, once said;
“There is something that you demand not only of your watch, but also of yourself: never stand still”
and that will probably resonate with you as a collector, since your watch/es will unfold a lot about your character, not only as a watch connoisseur but as a person. If you’ve not yet delved into the world of A. Lange & Sohne watches, or in fact, if you don’t even consider yourself a watch collector of any particular style – you may still be drawn to these elegantly crafted wristwatches.
Our collection of A. Lange & Sohne watches here at Owen & Robinson comprises: the Saxonia, the 1815, the Lange 1 and the Zeitwerk sub-families. The prestigious German watchmaker believes strongly that concepts and ingenious watch designs come to life as a result of time – by taking things at a pace so as to bring out the very best in a masterpiece. And as the saying goes “good things come to those that wait” – when a wristwatch bursts into life at the company’s house of manufacture in Dresdon, Saxony – it’s a complete revelation, and it’s easy to appreciate why.
A little history into A. Lange & Sohne watches;
Walter Lange, son of Rudolf Lange, grandson of Emil and great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, pursued his interest in watches by attending a renowned watchmaking school in Karlstein in Austria’s Waldviertel region from 1941 onwards. it was this decision that equipped him with the skills to be able to rebuild A. Lange & Sohne when its main manufacturing facilities were brought down by a bombing on the last night of the war in 1945. The expropriation in the Soviet-occupied zone took place in 1948 and the A. Lange & Söhne brand disappears, but Walter Lange has other ideas. It was not until the year of 1989 when the Berlin wall falls and the end of an involuntary hiatus of over 40 years is brought about, that Walter Lange makes a plan to establish his great-grandfather’s manufactory anew.
In 1992 A. Lange & Sohne makes its first patent and watches begin to be produced once more. The oversized date feature becomes a distinct hallmark of the company’s manufacture. A. Lange & Söhne opened its first boutique in Dresden, and the company has been going from strength to strength ever since.
Which A. Lange & Sohne watch is for you?
If you’ve had a browse through our A. Lange & Sohne watch collection here at Owen & Robinson, you’ll be aware that the timepieces vary in style whilst maintaining a classic and traditional look. This distinct style of an A. Lange & Sohne watch enables each timepiece to exude an elegant presence on the wrist, deeming them versatile timepieces to wear to any occasion. The watches range from bold and powerful-looking designs from the Odysseus collection (whose cases have been crafted from robust stainless steel and dials of which boast a day window at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock), to classic Saxonia Outsize Date watches crafted from luxurious 18ct rose gold. For watches with a little more technical appeal. The A. Lange & Sohne 1815 collection includes annual calendars for keeping on track of a busy lifestyle, whilst the Richard Lange collection is home to models with a jumping seconds feature. The model incorporate a zero-reset function into their design and can be quickly and conveniently set with one-second accuracy. When the crown is pulled, the seconds hand instantaneously moves to zero and remains there.
If you’re looking for a classic dress watch, the 1815 collection by A. Lange & Sohne provides this, along with additional technical features that allow you to get a little more hands-on with your watch. The gadget-loving watch collector will love the annual calendar models which combine the day and date on the 9 o’clock sub-dial, the month at 3 o’clock and the small seconds and moonphase features at 6 o’clock. Other highly-technical timepieces from this collection include the Up/Down hand-wound models available in 18ct gold (which feature a power reserve indicator and a small seconds dial at 4 o’clock), and Tourbillon models that showcase an open-heart dial offering a glimpse of the movement through the dial side.
Off-centre displays and Lange’s distinctive outsize date are characteristics that define this collection of timepieces. The flagship models have earned themselves a recognisable cult-like status, so if you want the dial of your watch to remain uncluttered whilst offering a alternative and quirky way to read the time, these timepieces are certainly for you. The models come in a range of materials, from 18ct yellow gold, to 18ct rose gold and a more modern platinum. Grey, silver and classic black dials are combined with brown, black and blue leather straps. Special models like the 25th Anniversary Lange 1 model boast an 18ct white gold case surrounding a silver dial punctuated with traditional blued steel hands.
From extra flat two-handed models to watches equipped with a tourbillon to improve accuracy, the A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia watch collection is available in platinum or gold and offers a purist, simple and elegant look on the wrist. Manual or automatic calibers run these models, some of which offer a second time zone for travelling in. The Datograph Up/Down model from the Saxonia watch collection features an easily readable Up/Down indicator to show the status of the L951.6 calibre at 6 o’clock, along with a chronograph function and large date feature, all encased within a solid 18ct rose gold case fitted on a sumptuous brown leather strap.
If you want a mechanical watch with a numerical digital display – the Zeitwerk collection of A. Lange & Sohne watches is the place to part with your money. The collection features black and silver dials with the hour window displayed in numerals at 9 o’clock and the minutes on the opposite side of the face. The models are available in 18ct white gold and 18ct rose gold, however the top-end timepieces have been crafted from platinum and feature a minute repeater. Since digital mechanical wristwatches are extremely rare, the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk models make for perfect investment pieces to add to any growing luxury watch collection.