Monochrome Watches
An online magazine dedicated to fine watches

Founded in 2001 by Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne, Lang & Heyne is an exclusive, high-end independent German watchmaker based in Dresden, about 45 minutes from Glashütte. The location keeps them separate and independent, which collectors particularly appreciate. There are currently ten in-house calibres, all hand-wound, which are known for exceptional hand craftsmanship and finishing, and 97% of components are produced in-house. Although production has increased in recent years, only around 150-200 pieces are completed annually. A key detail for the brand is the use of a third centralized lug at the top and bottom of the case.

The original owners have since left the company, with Heyne leaving after the first year to become the head of research and development at Nomos. Lang remained until 2019, moving on to develop his own brand with a new workshop. Lang & Heyne never faltered, however, as Jens Schneider came in as Director of Development. Schneider is a major force in the industry, coming from Moritz Grossmann, A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original. 

Both Lang & Heyne and Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD), a small movement manufacturer set up by Lang, merged to establish Tempus Arte Group in 2013. This group recently added the Black Forest watchmaker STOWA and has a 49 percent stake in watch customization firm, BLAKEN. 

History of Lang & Heyne

Lang & Heyne founded by Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne
The company’s first watches, Friedrich August and Johann debut in Basel
Mirko Heyne leaves the company for Nomos
Watchmakers moves to a larger facility in Dresden
Lang & Heyne and Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD) merge to form Tempus Arte Group
Lang & Heyne and UWD now share the same manufacturing building
Marco Lang leaves the company to start a new brand
Industry veteran Jens Schneider takes over as Director of Development
The Hektor collection introduces a contemporary integrated sports watch aesthetic