Back in early 2009 I visited A. Lange & Sohne’s manufacture in Glashutte. It was actually the first watch manufacture I visited, and now almost three years later I have much to compare it to. It is actually a shame that I saw Lange’s manufacture so early in my career because I did not properly know how to appreciate it at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I was thoroughly impressed during my visit, but I would have been much more impressed had I seen other places first that don’t necessarily deliver the same experience and level of product. Even on a larger scale, Lange is the type of brand you can only really appreciate after getting to know many other watches first. I think that by definition that makes it a connoisseur’s brand.
This idea gets me thinking about what it means to be a connoisseur and how watches fit into the overall world of connoisseurship. Here with A. Lange & Sohne in the Napa Valley testing and learning about wine and watchmaking is probably a good place to ponder these considerations. With passions like wine, cars, homes, cigars, travel, etc… out there, I realise that watch connoisseurship is just one piece of a large puzzle. Though these pursuits do each have things in common, especially when it comes to the price required to enjoy the best you can get.
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