When Dresdon watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange first launched his German watch company in 1845 he had the vision of producing expertly crafted pocket watches for lovers of mechanical precision. The manufacture of these ultra-luxurious timepieces came to a halt during the 19th century when the company collapsed under a bomb attach during the Second World War. It was not until 1990 when Adolph Lange’s great grandson, Walter Lange re-launched the company that their automatic wristwatches really become a speciality at A. Lange & Sohne. Our collection of automatic A. Lange & Sohne watches here at Owen & Robinson brings together the company’s taste in fine materials with their passion for cutting edge technology. The designs are simply flawless in terms of their execution but also unbeatable in their performance. Choose from a selection of A. Lange & Sohne masterpieces from collections like the Saxonia range, the 1815 watch collection, the Lange 1 line and the Richard Lange collection. The designs vary from one collection to the next, enabling any collector of mechanical wristwatches to find the perfect timepiece for their wrist.
Automatic A. Lange & Sohne watches from the Saxonia collection have designs that hark back to when the collection was first launched in 1994. Not only does its name testify to the fact that automatic A. Lange & Sohne watches are once again being manufactured in Saxony, Germany - but these watches also parade some of Germany’s most lavish, hand-decorated and assembled watch movements to date. In fewer than 20 years, A. Lange & Sohne have produced over 51 calibres and secured multiple patents. The company’s technical prowess and superbly manufactured movements are some of the most respected in the world and it is this fine tuning that has enabled the company to keep to developing just a few thousand timepieces each year. These special wristwatches are intended solely for those with a thorough understanding of the meticulous workmanship involved in every beautifully manufactured automatic German wristwatch, thus the company’s clientele is certainly considered elite.
Automatic A. Lange & Sohne connoisseurs are particularly impressed with the mechanical complexity of each timepiece belonging to the company’s collections. Hand-engraved balance cocks that feature floral decoration to their surface also boast the unique signature of the artisan’s own work carried out freestyle by bear hands. It makes each timepiece unique as does the typical three-quarter plate in German silver, which is decorated with uniform stripes (ribbing), created by a slightly inclined, rotating grinding wheel. The perlage technique which is applied to the inside surfaces of plates and bridges consists of small circles. straight graining which is used for steel clicks, springs and yokes is a finish accomplished by rubbing an abrasion onto the surface of a workpiece in a linear fashion. Flat polishing, chamfering and black polishing are other technical processes that can be admired through the exhibition caseback of an automatic A. Lange & Sohne watch, crafted from anti reflective sapphire crystal glass. These finishes join gold chatons and blued screws – each one a sight to behold whilst admiring the peerless performance of an A. Lange & Sohne mechanical movement in full working motion.