Over Twenty Years and Forty Movements Later…
written by A.Morgan - 14th Jul 2011
I’d like to talk about art, but I don’t want to get pretentious. So many of us get the freedom to enjoy art without prejudice, and yet much of it was born from a rebellion against oppression and intolerance. Right – I said I wasn’t going to be pretentious, and think I’m standing at the top of a very slippery slope, so I’ll get to the point.
At the tail end of 1989, after the Berlin Wall had been knocked down and East Germany merged once again with West Germany, a man in his mid-sixties decided to do something that wasn’t related to golf, ocean cruises or string vests – he reignited a one hundred and forty-five year old business producing some of the finest timepieces that have ever existed. His great-grandfather’s watch company had been destroyed during WWII, and the German Democratic Republic made sure to keep it lying in ruins.
Walter, now well into his eighties, is still steering the great ship Lange, and has gathered together a mighty fleet to sail with him. Since its rise from the rubble, the company has produced forty exquisite movements, each a miniature marvel worthy of any art gallery. So step into the Galerie de TWM and have a look at these forty amazing movements up close and personal by hovering over the image above. It’s well worth a look.