A. Lange & Söhne factory visit

Dec 01, 2019,11:15 AM

Just back from a wonderful 3 day visit to Germany incorporating a visit to the A. Lange & Söhne factory. A truly amazing experience.

Robert Hoffmann (head of Zeitwerk production) was our guide and we were lucky enough to be shown inside a number of departments including the finishing of parts, engraving of balance cocks, Chronographs (including seeing a Triple Split movement during assembly) and Zeitwerk. Everything was then finished off with an introduction to the entire current collection and a lovely lunch at which we were joined by Anthony de Haas and Tino Bobe.

The biggest thing I will take from the trip isn’t the extreme attention to detail and workmanship (which is of course evident everywhere) but is actually the enthusiasm and pride of everyone we met - there was a real tangible excitement to share their love for the brand.

A truly memorable trip and my thanks to everyone at A. Lange & Söhne for organising.

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Although I'm very saddened for could not joining you guys, [nt]

 By: Langepedia : December 1st, 2019-11:51
I'm so happy you've enjoyed your trip to the sacred place It is a joy for me everytime I visit and so glad you and the madame also visited. PS: hope you liked the smell there )

Very exciting [nt]

 By: russell996 : December 1st, 2019-14:10

Nice trip 👍🏻 I hope to visit some day too....

 By: Clueless_Collector : December 1st, 2019-12:46
Looks like the Odysseus is your next favorite after the Dato Lumen?

It is a great piece.

 By: russell996 : December 1st, 2019-14:11
Zeitwerk is also calling loud.

I know ZW is a great piece to add for the Lange family ...

 By: Clueless_Collector : December 1st, 2019-15:12
But, it’s kind of big for my wrist.


 By: russell996 : December 2nd, 2019-02:31
Measurements do not tell the whole story as it is actually thinner by 0.8mm than my Dato and only 0.9mm wider.

If you like you can refer to my report in ALS forum

 By: dustin.wu : December 2nd, 2019-03:00
My wrist is 16cm, tiny, but I think I am ok to wear it.

I agree. It looks great on you and it is all about personal taste.

 By: russell996 : December 2nd, 2019-04:49
I am very comfortable with the size of the standard Zeitwerk.

I really think you should spend an extended period of time with a ZW on...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 2nd, 2019-13:47
as I find it wears well on my wrist which is 16cm + or - 0.5cm depending on humidity. Have a look below at different angles. ...  

It definitely is an iconic piece of Lange history and looks great too.

 By: Clueless_Collector : December 2nd, 2019-15:06
Hopefully some day I will own one.

Many thanks. It really was a great trip.

 By: russell996 : December 2nd, 2019-11:43
The factory and above all the staff were amazing and the other guests on the trip all had a great passion for the brand.

This beauty was in the Mathematical museum

 By: russell996 : December 4th, 2019-02:07

Here we have the model of the Opera clock used to recreate the piece after the rebuild

 By: russell996 : December 4th, 2019-02:12
It is the inspiration for the large date and Zeitwerk for which Lange are known. And the actual piece in the Opera. ...  

Little selection to play with.

 By: russell996 : December 8th, 2019-02:40

" Little "... :))) [nt]

 By: amanico : December 8th, 2019-06:09

Thanks for the photos Russell! Did you get to see the "stamping room" with no dies nor stamps but all the wire spark erosion machines?

 By: patrick_y : December 9th, 2019-11:55
Glad you had a good visit Russell! I've yet to visit since the expansion!

Had a wonderful trip, but it was short.

 By: russell996 : December 9th, 2019-14:40
Unfortunately Patrick we didn’t get time to see everything. Robert did an amazing job showing us around and of course he took great pleasure showing us around his own department - Zeitwerk.