HISTORYINBRIEF

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Off The Cuff -

Once a thriv­ing cen­tre of sil­ver min­ing, Glashutte saw its for­tunes re­verse in the early 19th cen­tury, no thanks to the Napoleonic Wars and a flood of man­u­fac­tured goods from a newly in­dus­tri­alised Bri­tain. To stem this tide, the Saxon gov­ern­ment be­gan hand­ing out loans to en­trepreneurs. Savvy in­di­vid­u­als like watch­maker Fer­di­nand Adolph Lange took advantage of this ini­tia­tive and formed the town’s first watch man­u­fac­ture in 1845, kick-start­ing its watchmaking in­dus­try.

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