Today I bring you another story from the Norwegian watch scene. This time around an almost soapopera like story involving the prestigious A.Lange & Söhne and the Norwegian Royal Watchfamily Bjerke.

A.Lange & Söhne was until a few weeks back represented by Tidemann Watches. Recently bankrupt, they have a soaplike history themselves. First owned by the two brothers Tidemann, then bought up two years ago by the Swedish Nymans Ur.
This january it became semiofficial that Christian Bjerke took over Tidemann Watches. By then he had already consolidated a chain of well established boutiques into his chain, Urmaker Larsen. Now everyone started to speculate if he was to start the big war of luxury watches with his brother Halvor Bjerke.

Halvor Bjerke is the king of Norwegian luxury watches. Running the ancient family owned Urmaker Bjerke for decades he represents most brands in the luxury segment already. But not A.Lange & Söhne.

It is a poorly guarded secret in the watch scene that there is some bad blood between the brothers.

Now it is finally official that A.Lange & Söhne is about to move into one of Halvor Bjerkes boutiques. A good thing for the Norwegian collectors that we keep the brand within a respectable and well established franchise. But maybe a bad thing for the Bjerke family Christmas parties.

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