Tributes permeated Instagram earlier today, as sad news broke that Walter Lange, Co-Founder of modern A. Lange & Söhne, had passed away yesterday, January 16, 2017.
Walter Lange was born on July 29, 1924 in Glashütte, and although he had experienced several of history’s most challenging times (the Great Depression, World War 2, the Cold War etc.), Mr. Lange never stopped moving.
Shortly after the reunification of Germany, and although he was already retired in 1990 (he was 66-years old at that time), Mr. Lange along with Gunter Blumlein undertook to resurrect A. Lange & Söhne. The brand had disappeared from existence after communist authorities in East Germany took over Mr. Lange’s family watchmaking business back in 1948. The pair began their journey to resurrect the brand on December 7, 1990 and just four years later, on October 24, the first four commercial pieces bearing the A. Lange & Söhne name were presented to the press and public.
Years after the brand’s resurrection, A. Lange & Söhne was acquired by luxury conglomerate Richemont. Mr. Lange, though not involved in the day-to-day operation of the business, remained as a guiding hand, and as an honored guest at the brand’s various worldwide events. It’s a sad day for watchmaking, and for watch aficionados, some of who have fond memories for Mr. Lange, and cherish their A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.
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