A Lange & Söhne
The brand may have lost the man who revived it in 1990, but his legacy is ever present in this year’s watches.
IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE that when it comes to watchmaking, specifically the realm of haute horlogerie, nobody does it better than the Swiss. Well, A Lange & Söhne is one of the few brands to challenge that consensus. Hailing from Glashütte, Germany, they produce watches with heritage and technical savoir faire that beguile most of the connoisseurs who are familiar with their work. Lange is not a brand that enjoys widespread recognition, especially in Asia; but according to Frédéric Dormeuil, General Manager for A Lange & Söhne in Southeast Asia and Australia, once they get to know the brand, it’s hard for people to dislike it.
Like Lange, there are a number of manufactures that currently operate out of Glashütte, which is not really surprising considering the city is known as the birthplace of the German watchmaking industry. But unlike the other brands who etch the word “Glashütte” onto their cases, Lange sits at the top of the pecking order both historically and technically. Unfortunately, this year, the man who revived the brand in the ’90s, Walter Lange, passed away. Even until the day he died, he remained an integral part of the company, and the watches, introduced at SIHH 2017, represent his legacy.