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.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Daniel Goh

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.

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