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 created the powerful sound in the park of Villa d’Este, the gentle ticking of the customized LANGE 1 TIME ZONE “Como Edition” paid 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.
On the sidelines of the summit of the world’s most beautiful cars, Wilhelm Schmid and automobile collector Duccio Lopresto joined in conversation to exchange their views on famous designers, racing legends, and prominent collectors. The star of the meeting was the Lopresto family’s sensational 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo, which won the main prize in 2017.
In the conversation, Duccio Lopresto declared that as a collector it is his vision to break the barriers between art and cars and to bring these special machines back on the road so that everybody can appreciate them.
Wilhelm Schmid supported his view: “The Concorso d’Eleganza is all about the idea of collecting, preserving and making sure these works of art survive the test of time. That is why we are committed to the world of classic cars. It reflects our passion for sophisticated mechanics and thrilling design, which is deeply rooted in the corporate culture of A. Lange & Söhne.”