This year, the most stunning car in the competition was named as Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo built in 1957. It won in the “Best of Show” category. Its owner, Corrado Lopresto from Italy, received the special edition of the Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition” in white gold from Lange CEO Wihelm Schmid. The prize-giving ceremony took place as part of a gala dinner at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on 28 May 2017.
A. Lange & Söhne served as a partner for the prestigious competition for classic automobiles for the sixth time. Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid summed up his impressions of the event as follows: “Concorso d’Eleganza is a perfect match for A.Lange & Söhne. It celebrates the automobile as a collector’s item, design icon and work of art. Each of these aspects is represented in the world of fine watchmaking, how we understand it and realise it.”
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo built in 1957 © A. Lange & Söhne
The initials “JAP,” for Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet, founders of Audemars Piguet, appear on the gong block. Audemars Piguet may in reality have made not just the gongs however, the whole movement: in these days, it was common for European watch companies to buy raw motions from Swiss companies and finish them to their own specifications.The watch almost fell into oblivion. In 2001, a married couple brought it to Lange’s headquarters at Glashütte to find out whether it had been worth fixing. A housekeeper they knew had received it as a gift over the usual half-century earlier. The answer wasn’t obvious. In a book about the opinion that the company printed in 2010, ” Lange watchmaker Jan Silva described the watch’s condition: “Where there would normally be a complex, delicate mesh of springs, bridges and brakes, there was nothing to be seen however a gray-brown, amorphous mass …. Only the larger components of the movement were still identifiable.” Silva led a team of four watchmakers that revived the movement to pristine state. It required five years; the dismantling procedure alone took three months.The see’s case was made by the industrial developer Carl Ludwig Theodor Graff from the Louis XV style. Front bears an engraving of the goddess Minerva; the back is adorned with the initials “G.S.” nobody knows whose initials they’re. Unlike the motion, the situation and the dial had been in excellent condition when the watch resurfaced in 2001.
In a year in which the competition’s motto is “Around the World in 80 Days – Voyage through an Era of Records”, there could hardly be a more fitting trophy than a watch that, at the touch of a push piece, shows all of the world’s 24 time zones. As well as the hand- engraved coat of arms of the competition on the hinged cuvette of the special edition, the year dates 1929 and 2017 draw a line from the first Concorso d’Eleganza to the present. Como represents the Central European Time zone on the rotating city ring of the silver dial in homage to the event location.
Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition” © A. Lange & Söhne