The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 marked the beginning of a new era for Lange. The unification of Germany opened the door to the reconstruction of Lange and reinvigorated Saxony’s fine watchmaking. In line with the 25th anniversary of this historical event, Lange held a wonderful temporary (note) art event at the East Side Gallery in Berlin on November 3, 2014.
Jakub Hortig and ‘his’ LANGE 1. The date and time display for this historical moment:
November 9, 1989, 6.53 p.m.
Street artist Jakub Hortig painted a large-scale LANGE 1 work with spray paint. This watch has been the brand’s signature since Lange returned to the Saxony watchmaking world. Unlike in the past, the number displayed on the Lange’s large calendar changed from the usual ’25’ to ‘9’, which symbolized November 9, 1989. The time is set at 6.53 pm, the moment when Günter Schabowski, a member of the Politburo of the German Socialist Party (SED), announced at a press conference the immediate removal of East German citizen travel restrictions. The news sent a large number of citizens to the border crossing and toppled some of the surrounding walls that night.
Graffiti artist Jakub Hortig, who lives in Dresden, was born in Louny in 1983, and the town is now part of the Czech Republic. The skilled goldsmith and jeweller has been responsible for the finishing of Lange watches since 2007. Hortig first encountered graffiti art at the age of 13. He completed his first mural in his grandfather’s garage. His street art themes include brush-painted text and template designs. Hortig often focuses his work under a watchmaking magnifier, and street art is an important way to express his feelings.
The 1.3-km-long East Side Gallery is located on Mühlenstraße in Berlin-Friedrichshain. It is arguably one of the world’s best-known and largest open-air galleries. Since the spring of 1990, a total of 118 artists from 21 countries have left artistic marks on this wall.
LANGE 1 is made with the help of 12 templates, and the process takes 8 hours.
Note: The East Side Gallery is a protected site. Therefore, the graffiti cannot be sprayed directly on the wall. Instead, replace it with a canvas and remove it after the event.