Passion for Classics
For the eighth time, the “Best of Show” winner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has been awarded with a LANGE 1 TIME ZONE “Como Edition”.
For Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, classic cars and watches represent beauty, elegance and practicality. “They embody the pursuit of ultimate precision and an aesthetic principle that follows the proportions of art”, he declared in his speech at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which came to an end on the evening of 26 May 2019 in Como.
At the awards ceremony, he gave David Sydorick from the USA a white gold LANGE 1 TIME ZONE “Como Edition”, hand-engraved for this special occasion. The jury crowned the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B from 1937 “Best of Show”, the competition’s most stunning car. David Sydorick had already received this award in 2015 for an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Zagato.
The prize, donated by A. Lange & Söhne since 2012, is intended to recognise the time and effort the owner invests in preserving their automotive work of art for posterity. In his speech, Schmid emphasised this idea in particular: “Our responsibility goes beyond the present day. You are all preserving a piece of rich cultural heritage for the future.”
A. Lange & Söhne’s partnerships with Classic Days Castle Dyck (2nd to 4th August 2019) and the Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace (6th to 8th September 2019) are also based on this conviction. These are the meeting places for ambitious collectors and connoisseurs who feel duty-bound to preserve cultural values.
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. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange had the courage to make a new start. 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 63 manufacture calibres developed since 1994, A. Lange & Söhne has secured a top-tier position in the world of watchmaking. Brand icons such as the LANGE 1 with the first outsize date in a regularly produced wristwatch and the ZEITWERK with its precisely jumping numerals display rank among the company’s greatest successes. Sophisticated complications such as the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER, the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL “Pour le Mérite” and the TRIPLE SPLIT reflect the manufactory’s determination to achieve ever new pinnacles in horological artistry.
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