F.A. Lange the journeyman

Jul 29, 2019,07:58 AM

In 1837, F.A. Lange embarks on a 4 year journey to further deepen his knowledge of watchmaking and hone his engineering skills, starting in Paris, then the centre of precision watchmaking- this journey is the spiritual foundation of A. Lange and Sohne.

Court clockmaker, Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes, sends his talented apprentice off with a glowing letter of recommendation and a travel log where he leaves him a personal note that reveals so much about the nature of their relationship and Gutkaes’s opinion of Lange- the note as translated to English by Lange:

“You lent me your collection: I return it to you in a more splendid exterior, it’s true, yet without being able to increase its value.

It is up to you to add to it and to give it the degree of perfection that the craft is entitled to expect of your genius. France, the country of watches, will give you many opportunities; I hope that my recommendations will bring you such facilities that you need.

Do not forget your homeland! It will welcome you with open arms when one day you return enriched with experience and worth of the craft of which you can become the ornament.

Your sincerely,

Fr. Gutkaes 

Dresden, 22 August,


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Superb post! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 29th, 2019-08:10

Amazing thank you so much!

 By: JLG22 : July 29th, 2019-10:07
Can you post the letter in French without the watch if possible? I d love to read it in French 😁 F A Lange is a genius. Not only a genius in watchmaking but in vision too. When I read his story I was personally so inspired by him. I can tell you the decis... 

Here it is...

 By: CR : August 3rd, 2019-11:07

Merci, CR! [nt]

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2019-11:25

Thanks a million CR 👍👍

 By: JLG22 : August 4th, 2019-07:46
You can feel the history and magic in this letter. Absolutely amazing. Thanks again

Very cool post.

 By: vitalsigns : August 4th, 2019-11:02
Love the letter and the accolades/sentiments therein. And lovely L1 you have there. Cheers, John