Out of Service: Editor’s Letter, October 2015



In August, I attended the opening of A. Lange & Söhne’s sleek new watch factory in Glashu?tte, a village in the heart of Germany’s Saxony region. I didn’t want to schlep all the way from Los Angeles to Europe for a mere two days, so I decided to turn the factory visit into a 10-day vacation, packing in four days in Berlin on the front end and four days in London on the back. If you haven’t been to Berlin, get thee to the Lufthansa website and book your tickets, stat. Between the city’s cruel yet fascinating history (the Stasi Museum’s exhaustive look at the East German security state is not to be missed), beguiling mix of historic and contemporary architecture, and hipper-than-thou bar and club scene, the German capital is every bit as cool and compelling as it’s reputed to be. But one thing my friends and I didn’t appreciate about our experience there: We were co
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