A couple of months ago, as I walked into the House of Lange Exhibition held in the National Museum of Singapore, I found myself thinking how a museum felt like a perfectly natural place to exhibit watches of A Lange & Söhne’s calibre.
The brand has a vast history that dates back to the early 19th century with an incredible sequence of events which transcend World War II and the German reunification before it became the Lange we know today. There is genuine innovation in micro mechanics within the movement of the watches, something that should be documented and cemented in time. And last but not least, to some, watches are just as emotionally moving as a timeless work of art. So why not host an exhibition of watches in a museum?
The House of Lange exhibition I attended was the second one held in Singapore, with the first one occurring 12 years ago. The exhibition was designed to tell a story of the brand’s Saxon legacy, impress attendees with immense watchmaking innovations, and of course excite the collectors with rare and exclusive timepieces.
To achieve this, six private collectors contributed watches from their personal collection to be displayed. There was the A Lange & Söhne “165 Years – Homage to F. A. Lange Collection”, a set of three timepieces – The Tourbograph, Pour Le Merite’, Lange 1 Tourbillon and 1815 Moonphase, all presented in the exclusive honey gold case; the “Datograph Pi