A Passion for Classics

A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid is convinced that cars and watches are far more than the sum of their properties and functions. Behind every invention and design are passionate people.

He knows from his own experience that choosing the right car or the perfect watch is a very emotive matter:

“My two passions in life are cars and watches, so the prospect of displaying our timepieces in this beautiful and historic space alongside over sixty of the most amazing cars ever created is a dream come true. Speaking from experience, I know that there is a great deal of common ground between car and watch collectors: ultimate craftsmanship, technical innovation and unrivalled heritage are the key values of both vintage cars and our approach to watchmaking. That’s why this partnership between A. Lange & Söhne and the Concours of Elegance is such a perfect fit.”

This is why A. Lange & Söhne supports the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court.

Wilhelm Schmid in his Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe, 1954

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph

The 1815 ANNUAL CALENDER in white gold with dial in argenté

Talk to the Driver: Whilhelm Schmid meets Katie Forrest

Concours of Elegance participant Katie Forrst and Wilhelm Schmid share a passion for British Roadsters and fine watchmaking. So Wilhelm embarked on a journey to visit Katie, who won the RAC Spirit of Motoring prize at the Concourse of Elegance 2018.

Actually, there are quite a few striking similarities between mechanical watches and classic cars. “The attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship draw very close similarities to one another, not to mention the pin-point precision of every component within their mechanisms to make them work with such beauty and balance”, Katie explains.

Watch the full drive of Wilhelm and Katie here:


The new LANGE 1 TIME ZONE now connects the world more closely than ever before. It is designed for people who work and communicate in a globally networked world. It’s dial indicates home time and the current time in a second time zone at a single glance. The larger time circle indicates the time at home and is linked to the outsize date. A second zone time is displayed in the smaller time circle. The second time zone is conveniently settable with a switchable city ring that indicates all 24 time zones. When the time zone button at 8 o’clock is pressed, the city ring jumps from west to east by one time zone. At the same time, the hour hand of the small subsidiary dial advances by one hour. Pressing the time zone button 24 times corresponds to a trip around the world.

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Come and discover the world of A. Lange & Söhne up close in our London boutique in 38 Old Bond Street. Find out more about our timepieces and feel the precision on your wrist.

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For several generations, the watchmakers of A. Lange & Söhne have been pursuing one goal: To craft timepieces that represent the pinnacle of international watchmaking artistry. Discover the whole story on our website.

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