lange sohne Best Frame A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne

Situated in Saxony near the Czech border, the tiny village of Glashütte is Germany's answer to Switzerland's hallowed Jura Arc and the heartbeat of its watchmaking industry. This is where the country's most esteemed watchmakers have set up shop, spending their days working on some of the most complex mechanical timepieces the world has ever seen. Glashütte is a veritable Mecca of horological craft, but among the watchmakers here, one name stands out above all others:

A. Lange & Söhne, Germany's most illustrious timepiece manufacturer.

Established by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845, A. Lange & Söhne has reinvented itself for the modern consumer while remaining unwavering in its pursuit of traditional, handcrafted excellence. It's a company that prizes history and pedigree, taking a more difficult approach in the age of convenience. In fact, you could say A. Lange & Söhne doesn't make watches at all. It makes works of art.

Such is the company's stringent benchmark for excellence, it's said that its yearly production volume comes in at around 5,000 units, each release a handcrafted labor of excruciating love that is coveted by collectors like a rare Picasso or Matisse. Got $2.5 million going spare? How about dropping it all on this beauty?

Patek Philippe has the Calatrava, Rolex has the Daytona, and Cartier has the Tank. When it comes to A. Lange & Söhne, it's the Datograph, which legendary watchmaker Philippe Dufour once identified as the best serially produced watch in the world.

In watchmaking circles, the Datograph is the purist's chronograph, and when it debuted in Basel, Switzerland in 1999, its movement was the first designed entirely from scratch in over two decades. It sent shockwaves through the watchmaking world and immediately became the high watermark for lavish horological architecture.

In 2010, A. Lange & Söhne launched the "Lumen" series, which has so far seen three of the brand's masterpieces — the Zeitwerk, Grand Lange 1, and Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase — executed with semi-transparent dials and luminous displays. These pieces are illustrious in their own right, but the mechanical Datograph operates in another sphere of prestige entirely, which is what makes the Datograph Up/Down "Lumen" — a new, glow-in-the-dark, limited-edition take on the grail — so special.

A. Lange & Söhne

For horology stans, it's a bit like if Hermès were to release an elephant-print Birkin bag, or Rolls Royce a camouflage Cullinan. Never did sacrilege look so cool.

In theory, the Datograph Up/Down "Lumen" shouldn't really work. Applying a minty green glow to the face of an unfuckwithable classic? It sounds a bit much. But that's not the point. The Datograph Up/Down "Lumen" isn't meant to be worn. Limited to 200 numbered pieces, it's a collector's item that you buy, leave in a safe somewhere and then watch its value soar with time.

As an artifact, it's gorgeous. The luminous hue dovetails perfectly with the smoked sapphire dial, while the manually wound caliber L951.7 movement on the reverse side, which consists of 454 parts, including 46 jewels, is almost like its own little microverse.

A. Lange & Söhne
A. Lange & Söhne

The launch of such a spectacular product demands an equally spectacular setting, and vistas don't get much more picturesque than Solo House in rural Aragon, Spain. In collaboration with Openhouse magazine, A. Lange & Söhne invited a select few to this fascinating construction based in a largely untouched forest two hours outside Barcelona.

The circular building eschews boundaries and lets light pour in, inviting those inside to reconsider their relationship with the natural world around them. It's the type of place you can imagine Kanye West escaping to when he wants to record a new record, or where a billionaire Silicon Valley executive would host weekend pool parties.

Also on hand was Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis, who hosted a talk about how timepieces, architecture, design, and light interact. Marcelis designed a special pyramid-shaped structure that refracts light, placing it in the center of the house as if it were a holy obelisk.

If you're looking to get your hands on the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down "Lumen," bad news: all 200 have already been snapped up by special clients. Still, one can dream, eh?

Model name: A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down "Lumen" Dial/case: 41mm x 13.4mm, platinum case Movement: caliber L951.7, manually wound Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, power reserve indicator Power reserve: 60 hours Pieces available: 200 Price: $100,500

When you're finished reading, peep our video with Lange & Söhne from 2016 below.

What To Read Next

  • Spencer Phipps photo

    Spencer Phipps Says Save the Fucking World (& Have Fun Doing It)

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    15 White Sneakers You Need in Your Rotation

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    These Classic Sneakers Should Be in Every Wardrobe

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Forget 5-Inch Inseams, Our Shorts Are Reaching 3/4 Length Territory

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Shorts Are Getting Even Shorter This Summer

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The Timeless Nature of Levi's® 501® Jean

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.