During the last weekend in May, the world’s most elegant classic vehicles will be able to be admired in the sprawling grounds of the Villa d’Este on Lake Como. Historic automobiles and motorcycles, as well as concept vehicles that provide a visionary glimpse into the future, will vie for the votes of the jury and the public in five categories. In partnership with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, A. Lange & Söhne has been sponsoring the three-day classic weekend since 2012. This year, the Saxon manufactory is again donating the coveted prize for the competition’s most charismatic automobile. At the award ceremony on 28 May, Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid will present a customised Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition” to the winner in the prestigious “Best of Show” category. The hand-engraved caseback of this white-gold special edition depicts the Concorso’s coat of arms. On its city ring, Central European Time is represented by Como.
The motto of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza forges a number of links to the heritage of the competition and to A. Lange & Söhne. The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este opened its doors in 1873 and, in Glashütte, the Lange family domain was built to serve as a residence and manufactory. Jules Verne’s adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days was published in the same year.
Nowadays this view can be obtained as the Datograph Auf/Ab; the movement has been improved along with a power-reserve display has been added. There’s also a version with a perpetual calendar, the Datograph Perpetual.The Lange 31 has been named because of its power book: an astonishing 31 days. These include two stacked barrels, each with a strong mainspring that’s 1.85 meters long, several times more than a standard mainspring. The barrels are 25 mm across and occupy three-quarters of the motion diameter.With a power book this longsprings and springs this powerful, the amplitude of this balance would diminish significantly over time if nothing had been done to keep it. But Lange has positioned an advanced constant-force apparatus involving the twin mainspring barrels and the escapement. It guarantees that a continuous stream of force, independent of their tautness or slackness of the mainsprings. It accomplishes this with the assistance of a helical, pretensioned spring (a so-called remontoir spring), which is retightened every 10 seconds, also, over the subsequent 10 seconds, delivers energy to the escapement. There are minimal fluctuations in torque during the 10 seconds, however, the energy exerted stays nearly constant on average during the 31 days. When that period has elapsed, an extra mechanism simply stops the opinion.
Its topics portrayed in the book, the circumnavigation of the globe combined with a race against time, precipitated enormous progress in human mobility as well as new demands in time measurement. In 1883, a year before the International Meridian Conference in Washington D.C. subdivided the world into 24 one-hour time zones, A. Lange & Söhne was already crafting pocket watches capable of displaying different times, either with two pairs of hands or a second dial on the movement side. They are regarded as historic precursors of the Lange 1 Time Zone, which has a second time indication that can be quickly and conveniently set to any of the 24 time zones with a pusher and a city ring.