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REMEMBERING WALTER LANGE (1924‑2017)

It is with the deepest sadness and respect that Watches of Switzerland announces the passing of Walter Lange, Honorary Chairman of A. Lange and Sohne, son of Rudolph Lange, grandson of Emil Lange and great grandson of founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The greatest luminary of the contemporary luxury watch industry passed away on 17 January, aged 92, having created an extraordinary legacy.

Founding the Lange Manufacture in 1845, the family’s first three generations established the watchmaking industry in Glashütte, Germany and built one of the most revered watch brands in the world. In 1948, after WWII, the factory was expropriated by the East German government. In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Walter Lange, aged 66, restored the legacy of his great grandfather’s beloved manufacture.
Since 1994, Walter Lange breathed new life into A. Lange and Sohne with such paragons as the Lange 1, the Langematik, the Datograph and the Zeitwerk.

For his achievements and dedication, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony in 1998 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015.

To this gentleman, the giant of horology, who resurrected his great grandfather’s vision to build “the world’s finest watches”, and to his family, we offer our sincere condolences and eternal gratitude.

 

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