Lange & Söhne Returns to Historic Headquarters

Lange & Söhne, the renowned luxury German watch brand, finally returned to its former headquarters in Glasshütte, Saxony, Germany on Dec. 7, 2001. The building—which contains the business's workshops and a residence—was opened in 1873 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, founder of both the company and the precision watchmaking industry of Saxony. Lange & Söhne pocket watches were among the most coveted in the world for 100 years. The building was partially destroyed by bombs in 1945 and was taken over by the Communist East German government in 1948 after the post-war division of Germany. Walter Lange, Ferdinand's grandson, fled to the West that same year. After Germany's reunification in 1990, he reregistered the business in the Dresden commercial register and reestablished the business in Saxony. He and the late Günter Blümlein, joint managing directors of Lange Uhren GmbH,
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