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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Technically Speaking, You’ll be Dead before the new A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase watch Needs to be Adjusted

 |  January 7th, 2014

Just about a  month ago, A. Lange & Sohne invited journalists from around the world to the unveiling of its Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase watch that tracks the lunar cycles in  — well – grand style. The official unveiling of this watch to the world will occur in just about two weeks at the SIHH in Geneva, but we wanted to give you a look at it here before the show because it is simply, or not so simply, beautiful. The new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase,  which, by the way, is designed to remain accurate for 122.6 years,  is prominently displayed on the left side  of the dial and the nocturnal sky is remarkably alluring  thanks to a…

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What are Jump Hour Watches? And 3 That We Love

 |  January 2nd, 2014

We get so used to looking at time on our watch in the typical way — with hour hands, minute hands and seconds – that sometimes we forget there are other options out there.  One of our favorite “different” timepieces is the jump hour watch. We love this because of the super elegant and intriguingly different look of the dial – not to mention the genius of watchmaking that goes into bringing one to fruition. Jump hour watches derive their name from their design—in which the hour indication is in a digit format displayed via an aperture (most often at 12:00). Every hour the digit readout changes automatically – offering a visually exciting “event” that is great to watch. The…

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