Beijing/Glashütte/Dresden, May 16, 2016
A. Lange & Söhne, watch manufacturer of mechanical timepieces of the highest quality from Glashütte/Saxony in the Ore Mountains, was the main subject of a top notch photography exhibition about Saxony in central Beijing.
Only a stone throw apart from the Forbidden City, pictures of the well known Chinese photographer Pang Xiaowei were shown in the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC).
Pang Xiaowei is one of the most renowned photo artists of China. His works are displayed in many Chinese museums. Mr. Pang is also a member of the British Royal Photographic Society.
The well-travelled photo artist spent an entire month in Saxony in Eastern Germany. “I admire the spiritual attitude of German artisans”, Pang (60) said. “They strive for perfection for the sake of the outcome.” Artisanal talent is rooted in the German state’s centuries-old tradition and in the innate quest for immaculacy.
In 2008, the Saxon watch brand had already supported two major show projects in the NAMOC to promote the cultural dialogue between China and Germany. The exhibitions were realised as a cooperative venture with the Dresden State Art Collections which Lange has meanwhile been sponsoring for ten years.
German watch museum Glashütte repaired old timepiece from China
The German watch museum Glashütte, in which a workshop restores old timepieces, a very old Lange timepiece from China was sent in and repaired.
Watches by A. Lange & Söhne are available in numerous boutiques in Asia- among Chinese and Japanese there is huge interest in German craftmanship and culture. Lange & Söhne is also famous for their high quality engravings. Among Asian customers the dragon as a symbol is very popular.
In 1845, Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the world-famous watch manufacture. At that time Glashütte was a completely insignificant and secluded village, whereas nowadays it is the centre of the German watch industry.
The Glashütte certificate of origin is restricted to watch manufactures which create 50 percent of the increase in value in Glashütte. Glashütte is the place of business of ten known watch manufactures. A. Lange & Söhne is the leading one among them and one of the top ones in the world.
The manufacture became famous with the patented large date display and regularly creates extraordinary technical innovations. One of the leading German bespoke shoemakers got to the heart of it: „Who buys Lange & Söhne, preserves German cultural heritage.“ In 2015, chancellor Merkes inaugurated a new, ultra-modern manufacture building in Glashütte.
(MIF, A. Lange & Söhne contributed material)