Lange Live Watchmaking

A Look Back at Germany’s Storied Watchmaker

October 15, 2014 Briefings : Rewind By

This year Walter Lange turned 90, and the company his grandfather founded in 1845 celebrates 20 years since its rebirth following the Cold War, during which it slumbered for five full decades. It’s remarkable what A. Lange & Söhne has achieved in that time, rising to the top of watchmaking with a spirit of innovation and a commitment to excellence. Watching this ascent has been breathtaking, and with a newly expanded factory rising in Glashütte and the confidence of 20 years of excellence behind it, one can’t help but wonder what the next 20 will bring. But we’ll be watching. Here’s a look back at some of GP’s best Lange coverage.

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a-lagne-sohne-saxony-gear-patrol-14 Saxon Snow
A short film exploring the East German state of Saxony, arriving at the Lange factory.
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a-lange-and-sohne-lead-gear-patrol Through the Looking Glass
A walkthrough of the finest watch manufacture in the world.
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A-Lange-Gear-Patrol-Lead GP100: A. Lange & Söhne Grand Complication
The most complicated timepiece ever manufactured by A. Lange & Söhne — and one of the best watches of 2013.
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Lange-Sohne-Double-Split-TK-gear-patrol-lead The Double Split
A look at what many consider one of Lange’s most significant timepieces.
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timekeeping-guide-to-german-watches-gear-patrol A Guide to German Watches
Putting Lange in context.
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I’ve always been a bit of an adventure fiend, a Midwestern boy seduced by the exoticism of adventure magazines and Hemingway novels. So, I feel like I’ve arrived now that I’m writing for Gear Patrol. It justifies as “research” a lifetime of tramping about the planet, climbing mountains, diving wrecks, and having a basement that looks like your local outdoor shop. Though I lean towards the Polarfleece aesthetic, I’ve been known to enjoy the occasional urban weekend in a tweed jacket or an evening in (gasp!) a tie. I only wear mechanical watches, drive my adequately patina’d Alfa Romeo Spider right up until the snow flies, and always keep an open bottle of single malt close at hand. My sporting cred runs the gamut from velodrome bike racing to Nordic skiing. I’ve done adventure races; I golf twice a month in the summer, have summited Colorado 14ers,and have even been scuba diving everywhere from Sri Lanka to Boston Harbor. I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, the US, and Asia, somehow earned an English Literature degree and learned German, French, and Latin along the way. I have studied photography and can make a mean saag paneer. I can’t say where Gear Patrol will take me. But as someone once said: “it’s not an adventure if you know the outcome.” And that’s just the way I like it. I’m here to serve you, my fellow adventurers.

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