Lang & Heyne
When Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne designed their very first watch shortly before the millennium, his was probably more of a passing phase rather than a life plan in the making. Based on their precision and attention to detail, they were often being teased an idealists.
Marco Lang was born in 1971 and is a fifth generation watchmaker. His father, Rolf Lang, worked as restorer of clocks and scientific instruments in the Dresden Art Chamber. Marco spent many hours in his father’s workshop and learned about the works of great masters.
During the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, Marco Lang completed a three-year apprenticeship as a precision mechanic in Glashütte / Saxony. It was only after learning the fundamental mechanical production methods that Marco Lang traveled in 1991 to the famous master watchmaker Ihno Flessner in Northern Germany, where he completed his training as a watchmaker.
Afterwards, he dedicated himself there for five years to the construction of precision pendulum clocks.
In 1999, Lang returned to Dresden and founded his first small company focussing on the sale and repair of antique watches. In the best family tradition, he soon made a name for himself among German watch lovers. But the passion for manufacturing his own fine watches continued to blaze in Lang.
At the beginning of 2001 he founded the watch manufacture „Lang & Heyne“ with his companion Mirko Heyne (who soon left the company in 2002).
In 2002 the founders exhibited their first wristwatches in Basel at the AHCI stand and the small company quickly picked up speed. Lang’s demand for quality, precision and finest finish now also fascinated many international watch lovers.
By 2013, the manufacture consisted of a team of 10 watchmakers who created about 30 watches per year, when Lang sold the majority of his shares to a German / American investor. This was accompanied by the foundation of “Uhren-Werke-Dresden”, a movement supplier company for the watch industry, which Lang built up in its early years.
In 2019, Lang left the watch manufacture Lang & Heyne. Over the past 18 years, he has developed and constructed 9 different movements and a collection of 8 watch models and their variants with a price range of 20 to 150 thousand Euros.
The baton held by Marco Lang for 18 years has passed to Jens Schneider, who joined Lang & Heyne in 2019. Formerly of A. Lange & Söhne, Schneider was a notable contributor to the iconic Zeitwerk, as well as other movement developments, and more recently he worked at Moritz Grossmann where he was head of the construction department.
With a small team, and still based in the same Dresden atelier where the brand started, Lang & Heyne today continue to quietly go about their business of producing and hand finishing 97% of components in-house to create about 100 watches per year.
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