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.

Gallery: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph

Montblanc’s stunning Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph is one of the most intriguing timepieces we’ve come across in 2014. The Pulsograph packs a monopusher design and boasts a highly finished Minerva calibre.

While it is offered with a high quality black leather strap, we reckon it would look just as good or better with a brown leather strap.

While it is offered with a high quality black leather strap, we reckon it would look just as good or better with a brown leather strap.