Walter Lange gives apprentices very personal insights
The relationship between Walter Lange and his watches is a special one. Just like his great grandfather Adolph Lange, he devoted his strength to improving the mechanical time measurement. But he not only loves his watches, he also loves the people of his hometown Glashütte. In the pre-Christmas season, the 85-year-old company founder Walter Lange granted his trainees a very special experience.
He allowed them a very personal insight in the history of A. Lange & Sons and invited them on December 11, 2008 to a mutual afternoon in the main building of Lange in Glashütte. This building not only plays an important role for the young audience but also for Walter Lange himself.
Walter Lange grew up in the family’s adjacent factory villa, where he came in touch with the watch handcraft at an early stage. He recounts: “sometimes my father Rudolf would go over to the workshop in the evening to complete the end controls of the finished watches. Once in a while I was therefore allowed to join him as a young boy and my father would give me a screw balance wheel. I was able to turn the screws in and out and watch my father do his work.”
Walter Lange tells his 40 watchmaker trainees stories of his youth, episodes from before and after the war, but especially stories of his family and the significance of fine watchmaking in Glashütte. As a special thank you, the trainees gave Walter Lange a group picture as a remembrance and a huge baked dial with the face of the Lange 1 – the company’s most successful watch model.