This is one of 100 examples produced of the coveted A. Lange & Söhne reference 112.021*, also referred to as the Lange 1A. Designed to celebrate a milestone in the expansion of the manufacture, when production started in 1998 it was the first limited edition Lange 1 ever. It was also the first time the brand employed a dial with guilloché in one of their watches. The dial side appearance is uniformly golden and it is underpinned by the manual-wind calibre L901.1 upgraded with many precious metal details, finished by hand.
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.