The brand Lang & Heyne was founded in 2001 by Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne. Lang, a fifth-generation watchmaker, learned the trade by watching his father, Rolf Lang, a watchmaker at the Mathematics and Physics Cabinet (Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon). It was Rolf who suggested that Marco should learn precision mechanics at Glashütte. Of course being in Glashütte, a horological hotbed, exposed Marco to the world of watchmaking. Once the Berlin Wall fell, Lange moved to North Germany to study watchmaking for seven years under master watchmaker Ihno Fleßner.
Upon his return to Dresden, he met Mirko Heyne who was at the time working as an apprentice to Rolf Lang, then an instructor at A. Lange & Söhne. In 2001, Lang & Heyne were inspired to found a brand that would offer timepieces in a more traditional vein than were offered by the other manufacturers in Glashütte, with much of each watch hand-finished down to the last screw. Although Heyne resigned his position in the company in 2002 and joined Nomos shortly thereafter, his name and his legacy still remain an integral part of the brand, who continues to manufacture a select (fewer than forty) number of pieces a year out of their facility in Dresden.