Conversation with Wilhelm Schmid, CEO A. Lange & Söhne

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Conversation with Wilhelm Schmid, CEO A. Lange & Söhne

Postby koimaster » May 17th 2017, 8:34am

The watch world lost one of its few genuine icons when Walter Lange passed away in January. How important was he to A. Lange & Söhne?

In his modest way, Walter Lange sometimes referred to himself as “a bridge to the past”, but this is only one side of the coin. With his courageous decision to re-establish A. Lange & Söhne in Glashütte, right after the German reunification, he built a bridge for the future of our company and for the German fine watchmaking industry as a whole.

So he was an important presence for the watch industry in general?

I think it is not too much to say that Walter Lange was one of the best ambassadors of haute horlogerie ever. His success and his example has inspired watchmakers all over the world to start up their own enterprises.

What will Walter’s legacy to the industry be?

He will always be remembered for his role in the renaissance of Saxony’s fine watchmaking tradition and his unshakeable belief in fine mechanical watchmaking.

How will Lange celebrate his contribution to watchmaking?

We are convinced that to continue his work as he intended is the best way to honour the memory of a man who has dedicated his energies to the welfare of his employees and the people of his hometown Glashütte


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