In a retrospective of the past year, the timepieces manufactured by A. Lange & Söhne appear in a unique new light.
In the search for a photographic technique that reflects the traditional crafts of the manufactory and simultaneously offers new forms of expression, A. Lange & Söhne made use of the collodion wet-plate process for the first time. Like the manual precision required in the manufacture of every Lange timepiece, the traditional wet-plate process similarly demands the ultimate in patience, care and attention to details. The enormous effort involved is rewarded by the incomparable visual signature of the resulting image. This is how the unique portraits of the new timepieces created in 2017 were made.
At a three-day studio session in early December, seven of the new Lange timepieces for 2017 were captured on glass plates with this historic technique: