A. Lange & Sohne Unveils New Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Merite Watch to Celebrate NYC Boutique Opening

 |  September 26th, 2014

  For those who love this extraordinary German brand, it may thrill you to know that there is now an A. Lange & Söhne boutique in the city that never sleeps. A brand that produces an exclusive number of timepieces per year (some say fewer than 5,000), A. Lange & Sohne is hardly accessible to just anyone.  However, with the new boutique, even if you can’t afford to buy an A. Lange & Sohne timepiece, you can now stop in and gape — and see the new  timepiece made exclusively for the New York store.   Indeed, last night we attended the Grand Opening celebration in the exquisite more than 2,500-square-foot two-story-high space at 785 Madison Ave. The store was  packed full of…

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Moonphase Madness – One Collector’s Love Affair with the Heavens

 |  September 23rd, 2014

By Gordon Henderson I would like to side step our normal updates about the latest in horology news and talk personal affectations, in particular this editor’s love for the lunar complication aka moon phase complication. Why the lunar complication you ask? It all starts with what many in the watch world refer to as their grail watch: The watch that is out of the financial reach for most mere mortals, and therefore regulated to an unrequited love that subsists on photos, articles and following the relevant hash tags of the watch that just isn’t meant to be. For me that watch is none other than the Patek Philippe 5270.  Unveiled at Baselworld 2011, it is modern sized at 41mm, and awesome.…

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The Epitome of German Horology: A. Lange & Sohne

 |  September 4th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson With the collapse of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the official reunification of East and West Germany in January of 1990, the reestablishment of East German business was paramount. For Walter Lange, the great grandson of Ferdinand Adolf Lange, the demise of the wall was a great opportunity to revive the German watch company originally formed by his grandfather — which had been expropriated during the communist regime. Indeed, 100 years of remarkable watchmaking ended abruptly when A. Lange & Söhne’s workshops fell victim to seizure during World War II. The hiatus of the brand that that had roots dating back to 1846 — would last more than forty years until the reunification of Germany…

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A Look at the Re-emergence of Germany’s Watchmaking World

 |  September 2nd, 2014

By Gordon Henderson We can all agree that the Berlin Wall was a bad idea. We can also say that the collapse of the wall, the end of communist Germany and the reunification of East and West German were good ideas. Looking at Germany post Berlin Wall the progress the united nation has made is awe inspiring and presents a strong case for a capitalist democratically run government. They are the jewel of the Euro Zone whose prudence and decision making have helped save the currency and the accord. Germany united is the largest economy in Europe, has the forth largest nominal GDP in the world and, let’s face it, is the home of October fest. (Yes to das boot.) The…

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Experience the Moon’s Influence on Man: The Must-Have A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

 |  February 19th, 2014

As promised yesterday, we focus on astronomy this week- with some of the most scintillating timepieces coming out of SIHH 2014 in Geneva recently. Among them—the absolute must-have A. Lange &Sohne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna.  Intriguing, alluring and complex, this watch demonstrates better than most how influential the moon’s lure is over man – once you see, touch, feel this watch – it will be on your hot list. Before we launch into the to-the-moon technical details of this watch — we want to let you know a few intriguing facts: The orbital moon display will not need a day correction for more than 40 generations (1,058 years to be exact);   The watch features a world-first cam storage…

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