You know you’re a watch brand of some importance when German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels especially to inaugurate your new manufactory building. She did just that on August 26 together with Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich to cut the ribbon on A. Lange & Söhne’s gleaming new manufactory building. The complex is designed to provide a highly advanced and optimized working environment for the traditional craft of watchmaking.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on September 5th, 2012, which of course, we reported at the time. Just under three years later, the building is completed. The Chancellor gave thanks to Lange’s employees for their dedication. Addressing the 91-year-old re-founder Walter Lange, she said:
“The new beginning was not easy, but you and your companions succeeded in securing the manufactory’s top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands once again. Eastern Germany’s good reputation as innovative, flexible and modern is based on success stories like yours.”
“A. Lange & Söhne is a world-famous brand rich in tradition. It has always preserved its myth – against all odds. Now, with the new building begins another successful chapter – with much space for tradition and modernity.” Saxony Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich
The new building has a 5400-square-meter production area and is an urban landmark at the southern gateway to the town of Glashütte. With its bright and clearly structured facade, the two-part complex blends in with its historic architectural surroundings. Slightly inclined, large-format atelier windows assure ample lighting at the workstations. The ultra-modern workshops mean that the watchmakers can enjoy virtually dust-free conditions. The double-skin walk-in facade has a climate-control function.
The machines and other equipment used to manufacture movement parts are located in the lower-slung front part of the building. Several departments in which small components are manually engraved and decorated will also be housed in the new building.
The new building is designed for sustainable architecture and innovative energy management. Saxony’s largest geothermal energy plant – with 55 downhole heat exchangers extending to a depth of as much as 125 metres – keeps the indoor climate pleasant throughout all four seasons. The electricity needed to operate the pumps is green. Thus, the new Lange manufactory is a CO2-free facility that makes an important contribution to climate change mitigation. The investment was a double-digit amount in millions of euros. This makes the project A. Lange & Söhne’s largest investment ever and underscores the company’s commitment to Glashütte as a production site.