A. Lange & Söhne : The power of positive thinking at 20, 90 and 170 years old!
“Günter Blümlein once said that the Lange watch was a combination of arts : a proud heritage, our team’s passion for precision watchmaking, the company’s style, respect for its traditions and finally, the unique technology and craftsmanship to which we are committed. I can only agree.” Twenty years later, the gamble has more than paid off, since the brand employs 700 people at Glashütte and has developed 70 references around the 40 Manufacture calibers, which in some cases have become watchmaking icons highly sought-after by collectors. A new wing is currently being built at the Manufacture and will be inaugurated next year, 170 years after the original building was erected.
So which of these accomplishments does the indomitable Walter Lange consider most important of all ? “I am delighted to have contributed to the revival of the watchmaking industry in our community in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge). It’s wonderful to see so many people creating watches at Glashütte. It makes me so happy.” Any advice for future generations? “Positive thinking. We need to focus on the good things in life. People like me who experienced the economic crisis in 1929 and the Second World War know just how wonderful life can be today. Positive thinking. That means doing what you really want to and looking to the future with courage and enthusiasm. For me, those are the keys to a long life.”