Over the years, the Lange 1 has become one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of our modern era, with its distinctive styling and signature design cues. This reference 101.002 is a very early example from the manufacture, as shown by its early reference number. For the detail-oriented collector, features such as the closed caseback, small printing of 'Made in Germany', and the blued hands are sure to intrigue.
The REBIRTH OF A. LANGE & SÖHNE
The name Lange has been tied to watchmaking and the Saxony area of Germany for centuries. In the 1800s, Ferdinand Aldoph Lange – which is where the “A” in A. Lange & Söhne comes from – began his watchmaking journey under the tutelage of master watchmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Passed from father to son, the Lange name flourished, before encountering considerable obstacles during the 20th century.
In 1990, the brand was resuscitated by Walter, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, and watch industry veteran Günter Blümlein. A Nuremberg native, Blümlein grew up in post-war Germany, and had previously overseen the resurgence of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This started the four-year journey that Lange and Blümlein would go on with their small team to bring the company back from the ashes, with the release of their first four models on 25th October 1994.