Brand Directory: A. Lange and Sohne

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Adolf Lange 1845 founded A. Lange and Sohne . The company is based in Glashutte Germany which is the heart of German watchmaking. Lange became Mayor of Glashutte in 1848 where he spent 20 years making Glashutte a bustling Industrial centre for watchmaking. Lange’s heart failed, and he passed away at the age of 60 in 1875, Leaving his business to his sons Richard and Emil. In the last months of World War 2, a Russian bombing raid destroyed their workshops. By 1948 the Soviet administration nationalised the company’s remaining property and for 45 years the name of A. Lange and Sohne was no more.  
It wasn’t until 1989 with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain that Walter Lange, Adolf Lange’s great-grandson, was finally able to return to Germany and continue his family’s tradition in the field of watchmaking. 1990 saw him re-register the name and 4 years later they produced their first timepiece in nearly half a century. In 2001, after 10 years of restoration work, the A. Lange and Sohne's workshop reopened in what remains of the destroyed building. In the years since A. Lange and Sohne have gone on to create over 40 new movements, and achieve over 150 international horological prizes.