A. Lange & Söhne has a long and prestigious history, dating back to 1845 when it was founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Glashutte, Germany. The brand was one of the first Manufactures to bring precision watchmaking to Saxony. After completing his training, Lange set out to build his own watchmaking empire in Saxony. So, in 1845, A. Lange and Cie was launched. Then as well being one of the most respected watch brands in the world, in 1846, Lange invented the three-quarter plate design that continues to form the basis of the brand’s movements today. He also introduced the millimeter to watchmaking and became the mayor of Glashutte in 1848.
In 1868, his son Richard joined the business and in 1871, his other son Emil did, too. The company’s name was changed to A. Lange & Söhne, or A. Lange and Sons. The Manufacture continued to thrive under the leadership of the Lange sons, but its success was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. Come 1989, post the devastation of the 2nd World War, East and West Germany reunited, and it was time for A. Lange & Söhne to make a comeback after 40 years. So, in 1990, Walter Lange officially relaunched A. Lange & Söhne with a new collection of timepieces along with his friend and business partner Günter Blümlein. In Glashutte, Saxony, a new watchmaking facility was built, and the company began producing some of the finest timepieces in the world once again.