On October 24, 1994 A. Lange & Söhne officially introduced its very first modern collection. Though launched on the 24th, the Lange 1’s large date shows October 25 on historical photos: because the story would only be carried the next day in the newspapers, it was decided that the current date (the next day) should be shown.
The first public appearance of the new watches by A. Lange & Söhne back in 1994 sent out a global signal that something special had been created from the East German remains that very much resembled a phoenix rising from the ashes. And this phoenix was soon to turn into a soaring eagle, which would have the ability to captivate even dyed-in-the wool Swiss watch enthusiasts and collectors.
One of the biggest reasons that A. Lange & Söhne was so successful right from the start is thanks to one of the four wristwatches that appeared within the founding collection of 1994.
While the Tourbillon Pour le Mérite, the Saxonia and the Arkade models were all also visually and technically interesting, it was the Lange 1 that formed the backbone of the brand’s collection and captivated a new audience.