News Friday, September 14th 2012
In September 2007, A. Lange & Söhne opened the first shop of its own in Dresden. Near the famous Frauenkirche, the Manufaktur can be experienced in miniature. On the fifth anniversary of the founding, customers and friends of the brand came to offer their congratulations – and, while walking through the Zwinger Palace, Walter Lange came across his great-grandfather, Ferdinand A. Lange.
Walter Lange (right) in conversation with two actors who were impersonating his great-grandfather, Ferdinand A. Lange and his wife Antonia © A. Lange & Söhne
An exclusive celebration in the Dresden Zwinger Palace – some 80 guests took up the invitation of Dresden's A. Lange & Söhne Boutique on 7th September 2012 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the traditional brand's first branch. Among them was Walter Lange. The 88-year old company founder strolled through the historic city centre of Dresden with his guests, in the footsteps of his ancestors. This is where his great-grandfather, Ferdinand A. Lange, learnt the watchmaker's trade long ago, before moving away in 1845 to set up his own watch manufactory in Glashütte. Actors impersonated the famous watchmaker and his wife Antonia, conducting the guests from Dresden Castle through the Zwinger buildings to the Porcelain Collection, were the evening drew to a close with much conversation about A. Lange & Söhne.
A. Lange & Söhne's watches are obtainable today from the best specialist dealers in 57 countries. In addition, there are six A. Lange & Söhne boutiques around the world, with a seventh to be opened in Dubai at the end of September. In these surroundings, specially conceived in harmony with the aura of the traditional brand, an impressive experience of the history and philosophy of Lange's watchmaking and handcrafting artistry awaits lovers of fine watches, even far away from Saxony. ■