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Moon over Saxony

SAXONIA MOON PHASE in front of the famous Rakotz Bridge in Kromlau, Saxony, in the full-moon night on 20 June

The new SAXONIA MOON PHASE is the star of a global photography project

Glashütte, July 2016

Unveiled at the SIHH in January, the SAXONIA MOON PHASE is now becoming available at points of sale. It pairs an accurate moon-phase display with the striking Lange outsize date. A photo shoot against a Saxon backdrop in the moonlight aptly expresses the perfect combination of precision and aesthetics. The portrayal kicks off an international online event.

Astronomy, photography, and space travel are the three key disciplines that have given us close-up encounters with the moon. But, despite the latest insights, it has lost none of its allegorical fascination. After all, the magical appeal ...

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Senator Excellence: 24 Days on the Test Bench

Senator Excellence:A rotating test device is used to simulate the conditions under which the watch is worn on the wrist and to test it in different positions.

Manufactory Calibre 36 promises new standard of quality

Glashütte, June 2016

At the heart of the Senator Excellence the manufactory Calibre 36 introduces a new generation of timepieces, and with it the Glashütte Original manufactory defines an innovative new standard of quality. Every single one of these watches bears a special engraving on the case back, which must be understood as a promise. Together with an individual examination certificate, the engraving guarantees the owner that the watch meets the highest standards in terms of stability, running time, precision and aesthetics, and that it has been thoroughly examined over the course of a long-term test lasting 24 days – under conditions even more demanding than those in force for the standard German chronometer tests.

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Glashütte Original launches new generation of timepieces

Assembly of reduction wheel

Calibre 36 combines maximum stability, precision, running time and aesthetics

Glashütte, June 2016

The watchmakers of Glashütte Original strive to achieve nothing less than maximum precision and quality. The manufactory Calibre 36 – the heart of the new Senator Excellence – takes this credo to a new level. With a special engraving on the case back as well as an individual examination certificate for each new watch, Glashütte Original offers customers a promise of quality. This guarantees that every Senator Excellence watch meets the highest standards in terms of stability, precision, a running time of at least 100 hours, and timeless beauty, and also assures that it has been thoroughly tested in a long-term examination lasting 24 days.

Following a successful inaugural presentation at Baselworld 2016, the international launch of three beautifully designed versions ...

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The genesis of a masterpiece

The GRAND COMPLICATION is the most complicated wristwatch ever built in Germany.

A. Lange & Söhne delivers the first GRAND COMPLICATION

Glashütte, June 2016

In January 2013, A. Lange & Söhne presented the most complicated wristwatch ever built in Germany. Only six of these oeuvres will ever be crafted, and the first one has now been handed over to its owner. The assembly of the movement alone requires an entire year for each watch. Meanwhile, some of the countless steps involved in the making of this micromechanical masterpiece have been photographically documented.

The GRAND COMPLICATION is a homage to the grand tradition of Saxon precision watchmaking and also marks the dawn of a new era in the history of A. Lange & Söhne. According to Lange’s Product ...

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Two-hand watch with a new design

The new SAXONIA THIN with case diameters of 37 and 40 millimetres

SAXONIA THIN by A. Lange & Söhne comes in two sizes

Glashütte, June 2016

The thinnest A. Lange & Söhne timepiece so far distils the key facets of a Lange watch within a height of just 5.9 millimetres. After its launch in January 2016, the pink- or white-gold SAXONIA THIN is now available in two sizes.

In 2011, A. Lange & Söhne presented the SAXONIA THIN, enriching the SAXONIA family with a model that perpetuates the traditional characteristics of its lineage with lucid sleekness and radiant elegance. Additionally, it is the thinnest model of the entire collection so far.

Five years after its debut ...

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17th century
Nikolaus Rugendas was born on 31th July, 1665.

18th century
Jean-Louis Gosselin was born on 31th July, 1756 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.

19th century
Friedrich Wöhler was born on 31th July, 1800 in Eschersheim near Frankfurt a. M.
Marie-Françoise Croutte was born on 31th July, 1801 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.
Édouard-Joseph Thuillier was born on 31th July, 1807 in Dieppe (Seine-Maritime).
Hilaire-Albéric Decaux was born on 31th July, 1824 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.
Marie-Estelle Croutte was born on 31th July, 1841 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.
Eugêne-Adolphe Boissel was born on 31th July, 1846 in Dieppe (Seine-Maritime).
François-Jean-Baptiste Gourdain was born on 31th July, 1848 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.
Berthe-Yvonne Sannier was born on 31th July, 1891 in Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont.

20th century
Pierre-Alain Blum was born on 31th July, 1945 in Neuchâtel.

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Dass die Clockmakers Company 1631 auf königlichen Erlaß von Charles I gegründet wurde und heute noch aktiv ist?

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Als "Quarzkrise" wird gemeinhin die Krise benannt, in die sich die Schweizer Uhrenindustrie durch ihre angestrengten Bemühungen zur Entwicklung der neuesten Quarzuhren-Technologie selbst gestürzt hatte. Zuerst war diese neue Erfindung als bedeutender Fortschritt in bezug auf Genauigkeit und Vereinfachung gefeiert worden, bis sich binnen kürzester Zeit ihre fatale Kehrseite herausstellte: Die Uhren dieses Typs konnten nämlich in Fernost um einiges billiger produziert werden. Schlagartig sanken die Umsätze der Schweizer Hersteller, und viele in diesem Industriezweig Tätige verloren ihre Existenzgrundlage.

Nachdem es noch Ende der 70er und Anfang der 80er Jahre ganz danach ausgesehen hatte, als wäre die mechanische Armbanduhr vom Typ "Swiss Made" nicht mehr zu retten, erlebte sie nur kurze Zeit danach eine bemerkenswerte Wiedergeburt - mit der damals kaum jemand gerechnet hatte. Als erste brachten Hersteller wie Blancpain und Chronoswiss neue mechanische Modelle auf den Markt und erzielten damit verblüffende Erfolge - auch Rolex war der Mechanikuhr weitgehend treu geblieben. Daraufhin zogen nach und nach auch weitere Hersteller mit und brachten wieder Uhren mit mechanischen Werken heraus ...

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