Celebrating 25th Anniversary With Wempe: Lange Launches 1815 Up/Down Special Edition

Wempe, headquartered in Hamburg, is a famous watch and jewelry company, and was invited to Dresden to witness A. Lange & Söhne Lange presented the first new era wrist on October 24, 1994 One of the distributors of watch series. To celebrate the anniversary, Lange relaunched 1815Up / Down with a unique power reserve display. This watch is available in 18K white gold and 18K rose gold, each limited to 25 pieces, with a famous dark blue dial.

Lange returned to the watch industry in 1994, and released the first new watches at the Dresden Palace.

   Lange’s relationship with Gerhard D. WempeKG dates back to the 1930s. At that time, Wempe sold Lange pocket watches in Hamburg, and the two parties also cooperated in the field of nautical observatories. Otto Lange, grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the founder of the brand, and Herbert Wempe, the second-generation jewelry business manager of Wempe, have joined forces to establish and expand the Glashütte Observatory. )working team.

Naturally, Wempe was invited to participate in the launch of the first four watches of the new era. Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein invited top jewellers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to the Dresden Palace in October 1994. After HellmutWempe visited the watch factory and appreciated the new work in his hand, he suddenly realized: whether it is a watch, a character, or the story behind it, everything here is perfect. Lange reinvigorates the watchmaking tradition of Glashütte in a contemporary way.

Wempe second-generation HellmutWempe. Photocredits: abendblatt.de
   In the end, HellmutWempe ordered a large number of watches, far exceeding what Lange could provide at the time. This not only casts a vote of confidence on Lange, the two sides have also launched a brand new business relationship based on friendship, which has remained unchanged for 25 years. At present, Lange watches are found in 25 Wempe points of sale, including international cities such as Hamburg, New York, and even on the high seas. Wempe also opened Langer stores in Munich and London.

   Lange President Wilhelm Schmid sees Wempe as one of the world’s most important Lange ambassadors. He said, ‘We greatly appreciate this family company’s outstanding talents in the field of mechanical precision watches, and we believe that the two sides can maintain an extraordinary cooperative relationship in the next 25 years and continue the brilliant achievements of the past quarter century.’

1815Up / Down (Left / Right) 18K white gold, 18K rose gold case, 39mm diameter, solid silver dial, small seconds, hours, minutes, stop seconds, power reserve display, homemade L051.2 manual winding movement, 72 hours power reserve, sapphire crystal glass and case back, alligator strap, limited to 25 pieces each.
   To coincide with the anniversary, Lange is taking this opportunity to launch a limited edition of 1815Up / Down. This watch is available in 18K white gold and 18K rose gold, each released in 25 pieces. The first half of the watch name represents the birth year of the watchmaking pioneer Ferdinando Adolf Lange, the second half represents the famous power reserve display of Lange, and the engraving on the caseback symbolizes the limited edition design.

   Both watches have a dark blue solid silver dial. The silver-gray small seconds and power reserve display small dials contrast with the dark background. The hour and minute hands in 18K white gold or 18K rose gold contrast well with the case and white Arabic numerals and are easy to read. Like the white printed train track minute scale, these elements can not help but remind people of the pocket watch era. Its color choice is complemented by a dark blue crocodile leather strap and 18K white gold or 18K rose gold pin buckle.

On the case back, you can see the Lange-made manual-winding movement L051.2, with 245 parts and 29 stones.

   The L051.2 manual winding movement developed by the Lange watch factory provides a 72-hour power reserve, which fully reflects the classic quality characteristics of Lange’s traditional craftsmanship. The movement’s signature elements include hand-engraved balance wheel splints, 3/4 splints decorated with Glashütte diamond patterns, seven screw-fixed gold sleeves with mirror polishing, and integrated on the movement with sun-printed upper Sprocket train.