A Ferrari 335 Sport from 1958 received the prestigious title “Best of Show” at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The owner, Andreas Mohringer from Austria, received a horological rarity as a prize: a “Como Edition” of the model Lange 1 Time Zone made from white gold and specially created for this occasion. To pay homage to the venue of the competition, on the rotating city ring of this special edition, Central European Time is displayed using Como, the location of the competition, instead of Berlin as it is in the classic edition. Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid presented the beaming winner with the unique piece with the Concorso crest hand-engraved on the hinged lid at a gala event at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on 27 May 2018.
A Lange & Söhne has been a partner of the renowned competition for classic cars since 2012. In his laudatory speech, Schmid referred to the similarities between collectors of extraordinary automobiles and those of timepieces: “Cars and watches have always been far more than their technical characteristics. Behind every invention and every design are passionate people. A car or a watch is also always a personal, aesthetic statement. What could be more suitable than to honour the most beautiful car than with a unique watch? The Lange 1 Time Zone ‘Como Edition’ is our recognition of the time and effort the owner has invested into preserving this automotive masterpiece.”
About A. Lange & Söhne
Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he established his manufactory in 1845. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly vanished. But in 1990, Walter Lange, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson, ventured to start over again. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. With 62 manufacture calibres developed since 1994, A. Lange & Söhne has secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands. Its greatest successes include brand icons such as the LANGE 1, the first regularly produced wristwatch with an outsize date, and LANGE ZEITWERK, with its precisely jumping numerals. Extraordinary complications such as the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER of the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” and the TRIPLE SPLIT represent what the manufactory always strives for: to drive the traditional art of watchmaking to ever-new heights.
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