Happy 90th birthday Walter Lange!

There’s no doubt that modern watchmaking and indeed A. Lange & Söhne owes a lot to Walter Lange, who today turns 90-years old. On December 7, 1990 although already a retiree with 66 years under his belt, Walter Lange along with Gunter Blumlein undertook to begin restoring the brand that Mr. Lange’s great-grandfather, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, laid down 145 years earlier. The brand disappeared from existence when communist authorities in East Germany took over Mr. Lange’s family watchmaking business in 1948.

Walter Lange. (image credit A. Lange & Söhne)

Walter Lange. (image credit A. Lange & Söhne)

Gallery: The most expensive watch-winder in the world?

Fabled Swiss custom automobile specialist Rinspeed led by automotive extraordinaire Frank M. Rinderknecht showed off the XchangeE driver-less concept car earlier this year. A driver-less car is a unique proposition in its own regard, however our interest in this project stems from Carl F. Bucherer’s involvement. ‘Why?’ we hear you ask. Quite simply because this is possibly the only watch-winder in the world with four wheels and a motor that actually has a horsepower rating.

Rinspeed's driver-less concept car is incredibly digital but it's also got a watch winder for your automatic watch.

Rinspeed’s driver-less concept car is incredibly digital but it’s also got a watch winder for your automatic watch.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary touches down in Dubai

On July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin made history when they touched down on the lunar surface in the Apollo 11 lunar module, named ‘Eagle’. Six hours later, at 02:56 UTC, Armstrong and Aldrin then became the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. Strapped to Aldrin’s wrist, on the outside of his space suit, was Omega’s manual winding Speedmaster Professional chronograph.

We have touch down, just in time for the actual 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

We have touch down, just in time for the actual 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.