In early 2017, during the SIHH, Walter Lange, the man liable for resuscitating the legendary A. Lange & Söhne watch brand, sadly passed away. To pay recognition for this unassuming and charming man, the company chose to create a homage watch , simply the way he wanted (a watch that Walter Lange had always dreamed of, yet which had never materialised…until now). Available to the public in three shades of gold , one additional piece has been created in stainless steel.
Alerting all collectors: the unique steel A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ watch will be auctioned by Phillips Watches in May 2018.
Walter Lange cherished watches and the company his grandfather established in 1845, in the small town of Glashütte. Trained as a watchmaker, he realized watches back to front and labored for several years at the company, sitting behind each conceivable bench, working on pieces that drag his family’s name. However, in 1948, the company was expropriated by the East German government and converged with other local manufactures under the name GUB (Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe), a watch factory creating affordable, regular watches. In November 1948, to escape constrained labor in the uranium mines, Walter Lange moved to Western Germany, where he proceeded with his career in the watchmaking industry.
Following the Fall of the Berlin Wall at the finish of 1989 and the ensuing reunification of Germany, Walter was finally able to get back to his homeland and, only five years later, the company ‘A. Lange & Söhne’ was resuscitated in Glashütte. As a recognition for the colossal heritage of this manufacture, Lange divulged four new watches controlled by top of the line mechanical developments and, indeed, the brand became inseparable from beautiful watches.
Fully inundated in the activities of the manufacture, Walter was associated with the creation cycle and personally gave his assessment on all the new assortments. However, there was one watch Walter Lange always dreamed of, a watch that would feature an autonomous hopping seconds complication, one of his favorite complications, and one that had appeared in Lange’s pocket watches in the late nineteenth century. The undertaking didn’t materialize during his lifetime at the same time, without a moment to spare for the SIHH 2018 and the principal anniversary of his death, A. Lange & Söhne has presented an autonomous bouncing seconds complication that would have made Walter Lange glad. The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ will be a vailable in three distinctive gold releases (yellow, white and rose) and a fourth form, this time as a unique watch, in steel.
Steel is the most common metal in watchmaking, yet it is without a doubt a special case at Lange, as the brand hardly at any point utilizes this material to create timepieces. This unique piece in stainless steel, combined with a unique black enamel dial, is a rare occasion to get your hands on something exceptionally collectable.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ is furnished with two seconds hands. The small seconds counter features a classic clearing hand, making six hops each second thanks to the 21,600vph beat rate. The central seconds hand is extraordinary, as it performs exact hops from one second to another, meaning that it is always totally aligned with the markers on the outskirts of the dial. In addition to this seconde morte (dead seconds) feature, the central seconds hand can run consistently (all things considered, with one-second augmentations) or be immobilized if necessary. A pusher at 2 o’clock starts and stops it. This is a valuable capacity for heart rate measurements, for instance.
The unique steel rendition of this A. Lange & Söhne 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ will be auctioned by Phillips Watches on May 12, 2018, during the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN. All the returns from the sale will be donated to Children Action, a Swiss charitable foundation that secures youngsters’ rights.
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