It’s filigree and yet rugged in a way few motions with ~700 components are. Each of the components seem to have substantial quantity to them, nearly begging the question why so many different movements we view incorporate fragile-looking small springs and cams inside their own design. The Tourbograph resembles a beautifully decorated machine that dwarfs other movements.Hidden deep within the bowels of this L133.1 is a fusée and string transmission system, designed to ensure a more even delivery of torque because the mainspring unwinds over its short, 36-hour power reserve — 36 hours is really brief, but a shorter than ordinary power book is not exactly unusual one of such outrageously complicated movements. The chain itself is 636 parts, but Lange counts it as you (yes, one) component from the 684 component count of this motion itself.On the wrist, the 43mm-wide and whopping 16.6mm-thick platinum case is a hefty, heavy monster. It wears nice, but the weight of the case as well as the ~1,400 elements inside it do make for a very hefty watch. Weapons grade, I believe is the word. Few watches make me feel invincible, but this one did in its strange way — because it, in all fairness, is a fragile thing.
The Concorso d’Eleganza is a one of a kind event that celebrates the automobile as a coveted collectors’ item, design icon and work of art. The winner of this year’s “Best of Show” category at the traditional Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como, Corrado Lopresto, owner of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo built in 1957, received an exclusive Lange 1 Time Zone with the special designation “Como Edition”.