A. Lange & Söhne Exhibition @ The 1815 Collection

In 1845, the 30-year-old Ferdinand A. Lange founded his watch manufactory in the town of Glashütte in Saxony and effectively began the history of German precision watchmaking. From its very beginning to its latest creations, A. Lange & Söhne, with its immaculate watchmaking craftsmanship and innovative technological breakthroughs, has carried the reputation of German watchmaking all over the globe. Today, A. Lange & Söhne, still following the spirit of its founder, is one of the most sought-after high watchmaking brands in the world. To celebrate the legacy of Ferdinand A. Lange, A. Lange & Söhne is proud to present an exhibition of its historical pocket watches and its 1815 Family of wristwatches, named after the year which the respectable watchmaker was born. The tour will begin in Hong Kong in July 2013 and will visit the cities of Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai subsequently.The first stop of the exhibition will be held between the 15th and the 21st of July at Hong Kong’s A. Lange & Söhne boutique at Shop G11, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Connoisseurs, collectors and watch lovers are invited to appreciate the highest level of Saxon craftsmanship evident on the brand’s pocket watches of the 19th century as well as its latest wristwatches of the 21st century, and come up close with the history and heritage of prestigious German watchmaking.Those pocket watches made by Ferdinand A. Lange and his sons during the early days of A. Lange & Söhne have been highly coveted by watch collectors over the years. Determined to improve the quality of German products and leading them onto the international stage, A. Lange & Söhne utilised the highest standards in materials and manufacturing in the production of its pocket watches. The three-quarter plate made from untreated German silver, the delicately hand-engraved balance cock and the whiplash precision index adjuster are just a few examples of such standards set by the manufactory. At the Exhibition, five A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches dated from the 1890s to the 1930s, endowed with various Lange signature quality hallmarks and crafted in precious metals will be on display. One particular yellow gold pocket watch from the 1930s is personally owned by Walter Lange, the great-grandson of Ferdinand A. Lange, the founder of the modern A. Lange & Söhne.Apart from being the birth year of Ferdinand A. Lange, the year 1815 also marks the dawn of mankind into modernity with our scientific achievements. As such, the 1815 does not only reflect the manufacture’s tradition and heritage; it also represents a new era in horology pioneered by A. Lange & Söhne, after its successful debut in the 19th century. At the exhibition, six classic and latest 1815 models since the family’s debut in 1995 will be on display, exemplifying Lange’s passion of fusing traditional craftsmanship and modern watchmaking finesse, evident on the evolution of the 1815 family.

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