Interview With The Fourth Generation Of The Lange Family To Help Germany Find The Time With Top Quality
At the ‘Geneva International Haute Horlogerie Exhibition’, Walter Lange is a special character. Wherever the 89-year-old goes, people pay tribute. As the fourth generation of Lange watches, his spirit has become the benchmark for watchmaking.
Watchmaking alive legend
Lange is a top watch brand from Germany. In 1845, Ferdinando Adolf Lange (1815 ~ 1875) founded Lange in the small town of Glashütte near Dresden, the capital of Saxony, Germany. After Lange was founded, the town of Glashütte became the center of the German watchmaking industry, and successively founded a number of brands.
On the last day of World War II in 1945, the main production department of the Lange watch factory was bombed by the Allies. In 1948, the watch factory was nationalized by the regime of the Soviet occupation. In 1951, 7 watchmaking enterprises including Lange in Glashütte were merged to form the ‘Glashütte People’s Watch Factory’, which began mass production of watches with practical starting points. Such as gooseneck trimming, German silver plywood, gold sleeves, hand-carved, etc., disappeared along with the Lange trademark, and the amazing precision crafts are in danger of being lost.
It was Walter Lange who saved the brand. Born in 1924, he studied watchmaking at the Austrian Watch School at the age of 16. In 1942, Walter joined the army to participate in World War II, during which he was seriously injured twice and escaped during the retreat. In 1945, Walter returned to his hometown of Glashütte as the wounded and joined his father in the reconstruction of the watch factory after the war. After Lange was nationalized, he was fined as a miner for refusing to join the government union organization, and then exiled to the Federal Republic of Germany.
On October 3, 1990, East and West were unified, and Walter returned to the town of Glashütte. On December 7, he re-registered the Lange trademark on the 145th anniversary of his great-grandfather’s founding. In 1994, when 123 Lange watches carefully created over 3 years were presented at the exhibition, it caused a sensation in the watchmaking industry. Walter has thus become a living legend in the watch industry.
‘Cannot lower quality standards for anything’
Author: What inspired you to rebuild Lange in 1990?
Lange: The prerequisite is German unification so that I can return to the town of Glashütte. At that time, the rate of unemployment in the town of Glashütte was very high, and the people’s lives were difficult. There is only one industrial consortium left from Democratic Germany. Under the conditions of a market economy, it is impossible to survive. Although I live in Federal Germany, my heart is always beating for the town of Glashütte. I wanted to do something for my hometown, so I decided to rebuild Lange.
Author: Have you ever thought about rebuilding Lange in Federal Germany?
Lange: Lange and Glashütte are inseparable, and I can’t imagine setting up a new Lange company elsewhere. My great-grandfather founded it in the town of Glashütte and it has taken root here.
Author: Why did the company launch the first watches after nearly 4 years of establishment? Did you encounter any difficulties during the reconstruction process?
Lange: We had nothing at that time, no plant and machinery, and everything had to start from scratch. And we have been interrupted for more than 40 years. Many Swiss brands have been developing and have been a lot ahead. In addition, the company previously produced only pocket watches, but now it is difficult to imagine that it will be converted into watches. The most important thing is that I have always adhered to the philosophy that Lange believes in for more than 100 years-to make the best watches in the world, so we do not easily launch products. Once the products are on the market, they must be comparable to the world’s top brands.
Author: When the new Lange successfully launched the first watches, what was your mood?
Lange: Thank God! Lange is finally back at the forefront of the watch industry. Lange’s new look is completely different from other brands’ watches. The first four series, especially the distinctive Lange 1, surpassed everyone’s expectations: it symbolizes Lange’s relentless pursuit of perfect watches. The method combines traditional and innovative elements, and is in line with the old pocket watch. Lange 1’s revolutionary eccentric dial layout, patented large calendar and power reserve display set a new benchmark for the industry. Germany has regained its time!
Author: Why can Lange achieve such success?
Lange: Lange represents the essence of traditional German watchmaking, and is unique in the ranks of top watches occupied by Swiss brands. In terms of appearance, Lange’s watches are clean and clear, without complicated decoration, and they have a tough and cold style, which is an extremely high level of aesthetics. In terms of movement, Lange adheres to German traditional watchmaking features, including German silver 3/4 Plywood, gooseneck trimming, hand-engraved balance wheel plywood, blue steel screw-fixed gold sleeve, etc. These traditional essences are derived from Lange’s top pocket watches; in terms of technology, all Lange movements are not only reassembled, but The fineness and perfection of hand polishing and decoration are also unmatched in the industry.
Author: How does Lange ensure top quality in the world?
Lange: There are many aspects. Technically, you have to keep innovating and never stop. We have our own watch school, with good designers and watchmakers, tirelessly developing new products. In management, we have many scientific management processes. Technically, we are meticulous and pursue perfection. For example, the second assembly of a watch is unique among all brands. We first assemble and debug the watch for the first time, then disassemble the assembled watch, and then further polish and modify the parts according to the debugging results to ensure the perfect state. After the second assembly and commissioning. Finally, the watch is placed on a circular rotating instrument for several weeks of observation and testing. Once we find the smallest deficiency in quality, we will start over.
Author: How do you want Lange to continue to develop?
Lange: I no longer manage the daily business of Lange, but I will still attend some important events. I don’t want to interfere with the work of current managers, but one thing that must be followed forever is to be committed to building the world’s top quality. There must be no slack at any time, and quality standards cannot be lowered because of anything. Quality is our life. Once quality goes wrong and reputation is affected, customers will abandon you. Now we only produce a few thousand watches each year, and we will not expand the production scale in pursuit of profit, producing tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of watches.
‘I have never been afraid’
Author: In addition to starting a career, readers are also very interested in your legendary life. Can you tell us about the feelings of an ordinary soldier in World War II?
Lange: War is a terrible thing, and many people are displaced or even lost their lives. So peace is the most important thing. After World War II, Europe was committed to peace and the European Union was formed. The European Union now has many problems to solve, but in the past Europe had at least one war every 30 years, and now Europe has not had a full-scale war for more than 60 years. But many people don’t see this, people often don’t cherish what has been obtained.
Author: Have you been scared in the war?
Lange: I’ve never been scared. It’s really strange. I have no fear of death, nor of failure. If I was afraid, I would not rebuild Lange.
Author: You are almost 90 years old now, but you made an hour’s report and received an hour’s interview. You didn’t even drool. Can you talk about your longevity secrets?
Lange: I used to travel by car. When you come to the suburbs on the weekends, you will be active and active again. But since my wife died more than 10 years ago, I have been driving less by myself. People of my age can not do much exercise now, and if physical conditions allow, I will take a walk every day.
But for healthy longevity, the most important thing is to maintain optimism. A lot of negative news is now published in newspapers and TVs. If you read these news often, you will feel that you are living in a very bad environment. Positive news can have a short impact on people, but negative news can make you feel depressed for a long time. So look more at the positives and less bad news. If you have gone through the Great Depression and World War II, you will know how wonderful your life is now. So I said, as long as you maintain an optimistic spirit, do what you like, and always look forward, you will live a happy and long life.
Author: Next year is your 90th birthday. How to celebrate?
Lange: I will find a quiet place to spend the day alone....
On May 10th and 12th, the ‘Longines Beijing International Equestrian Masters’ was grandly held at the ‘Bird’s Nest’ at the China National Stadium. Swiss Longines, with its glorious tradition and outstanding experience in the field of sports timing, is pleased to be the title sponsor and official timekeeper of the 2012 Beijing International Equestrian Masters. Together with this top-level event and star rider, they jointly interpret the extraordinary elegance and noble charm of equestrianism.
This professional equestrian event, which represents the highest level in Asia, has been officially included in the International Horse League schedule, attracting the full participation of many of the world’s top riders.
Because of its elegance, precision, traditional resonance and tacit understanding, Longines and equestrianism, a noble sport with the style of the king, have a long history and perfect cooperation for nearly a century. On the 180th anniversary of the brand, Longines is pleased to be the title sponsor and official timekeeper of the 2012 Beijing International Equestrian Masters.
This professional equestrian event, which represents the highest level in Asia, has been officially included in the international equestrian league schedule. It attracted Ruder Bielbaum, the best rider in the world and the ‘father of German equestrianism’, and from Germany and the United Kingdom. Twelve world-class riders from eight countries including Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, and Switzerland gathered in the Bird’s Nest to host 20 outstanding riders, including Beijing Olympic rider Li Zhenqiang from the host China, and Chinese national equestrian team member Zhu Meimei Elegant and exciting competition. Titled this year’s Beijing International Equestrian Masters Championship will undoubtedly add another dimension to the field of cooperation between Longines and sports. Longines loves to present an exciting top event for China and the world, and uses this as a platform to spread the profound equestrian culture. , So that more people can experience this ‘king movement’ and experience this noble and elegant lifestyle.
On May 11, a wonderful opening ceremony opened the magnificent curtain of the current equestrian masters in the bright night of the Bird’s Nest. Xu Zhong, a pianist master and well-known conductor who has won the Knight of the French Literature and Arts, took the guests to a dreamy and noble victory with a beautiful piano sound. The Swiss equestrian name Patric Looser, with an exciting dance on the horse’s back, makes people all amazed by the tantalizing beauty and extraordinary art of this horse and horse. The following night obstacle course was the first open-air night obstacle course in Asia. Spectators can enjoy the exciting performances of some international equestrian riders in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the ‘Bird’s Nest’, the main venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The third Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE) Independent Watchmaker Expo opened in Geneva yesterday. Based on its proud new theme-The Art of Making Time-GTE 2012 warmly welcomes 52 well-known brands and top watchmakers from Sunday, January 15 to Friday, January 20 to mechanical watch professionals and connoisseurs Showcase their best watch collection.
It has been repositioned strategically and geographically, and serves as an excellent international exhibition platform for Swiss watchmaking in the most developed cities of the watch industry: this is Geneva Time Exhibition! Now entering its third year, the fair has further strengthened the quality of its exhibitors with participation from members of the Horological Academy of Independent Creators (AHCI).
The GTE 2012 Superwatch Awards Ceremony Ceremony is definitely not to be missed. The image spokesperson of the show, World Open Water Champion Swann Oberson, will present the GTE Superwatch winner. Five days before the fair will be reserved for professional visitors-distributors, retailers, investors and private customers. Finally, for the first time on Friday, January 20th, exhibitors will have the opportunity to share their art and passion with the general public.
Geneva Time Exhibition Independent Watchmaker Expo-3rd
-Sunday, January 15, 2012-Friday, January 20
Espace Hippomène-7 Avenue de Châtelaine-Geneva-Switzerland
Sunday, January 15 –> Thursday, January 19: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday, January 20: Open to the public, 10 am-5 pm
20 Swiss francs per person
Free under 12
In today’s society, watches are one of the favorite items of most men’s hearts. It has strong practicality, takes up less space, and can also play a decorative role. Different occasions require different combinations and different The style of dressing also requires different watch decorations. Whenever it comes to summer, people take off their heavy coats and start to show off the beautiful dress in summer. The street is a big show. The wearer has no intention and the viewers pay attention. The different combinations of men will be seen in the eyes and they will find something different. Such wonderful is the beautiful scenery in the streets.
Bvlgari’s new OCTO series of men’s watches are neither round nor square, but rather the perfect combination of two geometric shapes to create the most recognizable octagonal design, creating a large and rounded place. Geometric aesthetics. The octagonal structure of the watch and the round bezel complement each other, showing a bold and delicate style at the same time in a pure classic art tradition.
The OCTO case consists of 110 facets, each of which is carefully crafted by hand, and polished and satin-finished, perfectly matching the overall style of the watch. Octo’s precise grasp of geometric shapes is favored by those who pursue unique tastes and sophisticated production. Bvlgari designers incorporated their surging passion into it, expressing their appeal for absolute beauty with deep shapes and rich connotations, transcending worldly fashion and elegance. OCTO is equipped with CalibreBVL193, with hour, minute and second hands, and a date window at three o’clock.
The watch has enhanced long-term isochronism, that is, stable time difference and accuracy. The CalibreBVL movement has a diameter of 11.5 law minutes, a frequency of 28,800 vibrations (4 Hz) per hour, and a 50-hour power reserve. The finished parts of the movement, including the rotating shaft and the satin-finished drive gear, are of excellent quality.
In this hot summer, short-sleeved men’s T-shirts are even more pleasing to men. This men’s T-shirt is 100% cotton, jersey, with a Armani logo print on the monochrome tone. The eagle looks deformed. The eagle symbolizes the brand’s supreme quality, excellence and craftsmanship, and has since made it a permanent symbol. Armani pursues a supremely simple, elegant design direction. The letters in the logo form a circle composed of round G and curved A, giving a refined and elegant new style, appearing on the shoulder of the T-shirt.
Casual wear is men’s wear in the true sense. The delicate texture of this product makes people wear it very comfortably. The seemingly inadvertent cutting looms the beauty and strength of the human body. It represents a lifestyle, a symbol of vigor and vitality, a low-key and stylish T-shirt with a personalized watch, which brings a coolness to men in this sweaty season.
Classic men’s formal wear
No matter what kind of men’s taste, a decent watch is needed in life. This is the simplest decoration for men, and it is also an indispensable lifestyle product for men. Watches are most suitable for suits, especially for important and formal occasions. Such a combination definitely makes you look spiritual and tasteful. In terms of color, men’s suits are generally black or dark, so the color of the watch strap should not be too light, and the color of the dial can be brighter; the watch with the black dial should be used with caution, and the light gray suit with black dial is a Very strange combination, silver dial and enamel dial are versatile and most decent.
The Omega Disc Flying watch continues the extraordinary tradition of disc flying series’ classic design and extreme innovative technology. The 41mm stainless steel case reveals men’s tough temperament and gentleman style. The hour and minute hands are silver hands, while the second hand is Blue, adds a touch of elegance and vitality to this silvery white dial and scale.
This Omega Men’s 4184.108.40.206.02.001 watch has basic time functions with a calendar display window at three o’clock. The time scale uses ancient Roman numerals and the brand’s logo is located at twelve o’clock. The delicate lugs naturally link the case and the strap. The black crocodile leather watch has a natural texture, is comfortable and beautiful, and will not appear obtrusive whether it is exposed on the wrist or hidden inside the cuff. The watch is equipped with Cal.8500 automatic mechanical movement, with a power reserve of 60 hours and 202 gems.
Suits have always been the pet of the men’s clothing kingdom. The term ‘suit leather shoes’ is often used to describe a gentle gentleman. Suits can make people appear solemn, mature, and confident, so they are suitable for all formal occasions; suits are also suitable for people of all ages. The top needs to be decent, with some room in the abdomen and protruding shoulders. Pants should have obvious pleats and folds. Use wide belts and thick-soled shoes to add style. The good post-production process of a good suit is complicated, ironing, ironing, and high-pressure setting. It is a high technical requirement. Pay attention to care in daily life and work, dry clean at regular intervals, straighten, iron and maintain the original shape.
There are many types of suits. In addition to some domestic brands, there are also high-level customized suits from foreign countries. The styles and colors also depend on the different preferences of different people. People can determine the range of choices based on their income positioning and find a style and brand that suits them.
Stylish hipster mix and match style
Casio watches represent the brand image of vitality, youth, fashion, and versatility, which has been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people, and has been known for many years as a truly versatile G-SHOCK watch. This Casio watch combines a series of cool elements, replaced with a new camouflage design, playing military style to arouse the fighting spirit in the hearts of every man. The case and strap are brown, dazzling red, and foggy gray camouflage lines, which perfectly show the tension and excitement of the most jungle warfare, giving the item extra tension.
The dial of this watch also adopts the overall camouflage design, and the digital time display is below. In addition, this watch also has a world time display. Young people who love to travel will find this feature very useful. In addition, this watch also has high-brightness LED lighting, fully automatic calendar, daily alarm, stopwatch and other functions, water-resistant to 200 meters. Casio watches are not just a tool for recording time, it is also a style and spiritual interpretation. The fashionable design style is a self-explanation of publicity, uninhibited, full of personality, and its price is relatively close to the people. It is one of the best choices for fashionable men.
In summer, you can choose sports outfits, casual and personal, a little playful T-shirt with five-point shorts, to make you full of sunshine in leisure time. Or the little literary boy likes to wear a hat, how to dress cool in his youth is acceptable, because in the handsome season, wearing the style you want is the best.
Summary: Many people blindly pursue the appearance of stars, I think this is completely unnecessary. Even without the elegant temperament of Andy Lau, the cold appearance of Wu Yanzu, and the versatility of Wang Lihong, men still have their own style and connotations. Individual particularity is the value of existence. After all, not everyone is a fashionista. Men’s clothing selection and matching is a science, not all people have a standard figure like a supermodel star on TV, but every type of person can find a suit that suits them, all say women’s wardrobe There is always a piece of clothing missing in it, but it is also true for men, so every type of clothing can be tried, and only changes can lead to breakthroughs and new discoveries. It doesn’t have to be a famous brand, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Comfortable and happy to wear is the joy of life. (Picture / text watch home Li Shuai)...
Of all the Casio G-Shock co-branded series, this time I will introduce a very interesting one, which is the Lower x G-Shock ‘DW5600LOW-9W’ jointly launched with the New Zealand street brand Lower. The watch, a work created by the founder of Lower, Jake Pyne, is inspired by the characteristics of New Zealand farmers using leather kits. Therefore, in addition to the watch itself, it also comes with a leather case. The leather covering the mirror of the watch is quite delicate. The leather texture and the imitation effect of the buckle are stunning features, with a strong authentic style. This will be officially listed in Australia and New Zealand today.
Among all Casio G-Shock’s co-branded collections, this time I will introduce a very interesting one, which is the Lower x G-Shock ‘DW5600LOW-9W’ watch jointly launched with the New Zealand street brand Lower, which is made by Lower The work created by founder Jake Pyne is inspired by the characteristics of New Zealand farmers using leather kits. Therefore, in addition to the watch itself, it also has a leather case. In addition to the packaging case, there is also leather covering the mirror of the watch. Exquisite. The leather texture and the imitation effect of the buckle are stunning features, with a strong authentic style. This will be officially listed in Australia and New Zealand today....
Audemars Piguet Millenary Millennium Winding Minute Repeater is the world’s first oval minute repeater and the first 7-day chain minute repeater. It is also the first to apply Audemars Piguet. The new minute meter of the escapement system means that its escapement system does not require oil lubrication, which improves reliability and reduces maintenance costs. Audemars Piguet’s overall performance this year can be ranked among the top three SIHH, and this minute repeater also wins with its overall performance, it can be called a perfect work. At the same time, the unique and contemporary Millennium series is one of Audemars Piguet’s most classic collections. The new millennium minute repeater is equipped with a movement that uses the latest research and development achievements of the watch factory. It not only minimizes the power loss rate, does not require oil lubrication, and travels more accurately. The best performance is stable and durable, and it also has excellent shock resistance. The balance-hairspring adjustment mechanism is also different. It is not only a hairspring, but has a double-layer hairspring structure. Even if instability occurs, the balance can be restored by the automatic compensation, so it has better isochronism. The movement is equipped with three barrels, two of which can provide up to 7 days of power reserve, and the third barrel is designed to strike the timepiece device, which is 2.5 times larger than the ordinary barrel To make the minute repeater watch have a perfect timekeeping sound. As for the safety device, this watch also uses a dial and balance wheel stop device to facilitate time adjustment and prevent users from operating incorrectly during the time reporting process. On the novel ‘stage’ of the titanium horizontal ellipse case, various mechanical devices are hidden and coordinated with the dark gray K gold eccentric hour and minute dial at 3 o’clock and the small seconds dial at 7 o’clock. The hammer and gong of the timepiece device together played a harmonious and beautiful 3D music dance show on the wrist....