9 May, 2019 | From 24 to 26 May 2019, A. Lange & Söhne will once again sponsor the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which has taken place at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Como, Italy since 1929. For the eighth time, a one-off Lange 1 Time Zone will be awarded to the winner of the Best of Show competition.
In its 90th year, The Symphony of Engines is the anniversary’s motto of the Concorso d’Eleganza, the most exclusive beauty pageant for historic automobiles. When the 6, 8 and 12- cylinder engines will be creating the powerful sound in the park of Villa d’Este, the gentle ticking of the customized Lange 1 Time Zone Como Edition will pay tribute to the incredible beauty of the location and the exclusivity of the event. Since 2012, the Como Edition is the horological equivalent to the competition’s Best of Show car, handed over by A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid to the winner.
There is an undeniable synergy between vintage cars and watches: the pursuit for engineering supremacy, craftsmanship, and the relentless design process to catch perfection behind the artistic product. However, there is one similarity between A. Lange & Söhne and the Concorso d’Eleganza: Both are small institutions in their respective branches, nevertheless, they do not accept anything but the best to create something long-term with substance. This forms the reasonable basis of the partnership between the two.
When Wilhelm Schmid met Duccio Lopresto on the glistening shores of Lake Como, Lopresto was wearing the unique 2017 Best of Show Lange 1 Time Zone Como Edition to complement his sharply tailored attire and the sensuous Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo.
“This car is a one off, just like this timepiece that the watchmakers and engravers at A. Lange & Söhne have crafted for the Best of Show winner.” said Wilhelm Schmid
The 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo owned by the Lopresto family was named Best of Show at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza. The beautiful coupe was designed by Franco Scaglione. He worked for Bertone in the 1950s and created some of the most elegant bodies ever made.