When a brand like A. Lange & Söhne invites you to a weekend in Lake Como to attend one of the most exclusive annual historic car competitions, you’d better attend.
A home away from home for the likes of George Clooney and Richard Branson, the picturesque shores of Lake Como also host one of the most important annual classic car competitions, the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza.
To give you a bit of background, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the most prestigious and opulent historic car events there is, dating back to 1929. A competition where cars are judged by beauty and elegance instead of speed and performance, the Concorso brings together some of the rarest and most impressive cars, this year going as far back as 1908. From the hundreds of cars that apply each year, only a total of 50 make it as contestants, which goes to show you just how exclusive the Concorso d’Eleganza is.
Needless to say, the cars we saw were nothing short of breathtaking.
Let’s start with the winner of the “Copo d’Oro” that received a unique A. Lange & Söhne “Lange 1 Timezone Como” watch, the Maserati 450 S from 1956.
The winner of the Public Prize was this Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS from 1931.
A favorite here on Watch Anish was this Rolls Royce Phantom II from 1934 with a wooden “boat-tail” inspired by the sumptuous Riva boats you’ll find all over Lake Como.
And some of the other competing cars we saw.
Accompanying the ultra-rare (and sometimes one-of-a-kind) cars were some equally impressive pieces of wrist candy. What totally took me by surprise however was the sheer number of A. Lange & Söhne watches we spotted on the wrists of car owners and guests in attendance. As a partner of the Concorso d’Eleganza A. Lange & Söhne has been a partner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
But I’ll get to those in a bit. First, I’d like you to meet the horological star of the Concorso, the unique Lange 1 Timezone Como edition. On display for all to see at the A. Lange & Söhne showroom that was setup in the Villa d’Este hotel, the Lange 1 Timezone Como is a unique edition of the brand’s world-time watch, featuring Como as one of the time-zones and an engraved hunter case back bearing the Villa d’Este crest.
And if that wasn’t enough to get your heart beating a little faster, Lange had several of their new releases from SIHH this year, including the Richard Lange Terra Luna.
Now, let’s get to watch-spotting!
First up is this Datograph Perpetual in white gold belonging to our Danish buddy Kristian Haagen.
Lange 1 Timezone
Grand Lange 1 in platinum, you don’t have to guess whose wrist that is with the custom “Italia” StingHD bracelet :P
Lange 1 Daymatic in rose gold.
A rare Lange 1 Tourbillon.
One of my personal favorites, the already incredible Zeitwerk made even sweeter in this rare Handwerkskunst edition of 30 pieces, featuring a tremblage engraving white gold dial.
And if you thought the Zeitwerk was sick, this gentleman was wearing the Zeitwerk Striking Time in white gold.
And who said Lange watches are only for guys? Here’s a Lange 1 so elegantly pulled off on a lady’s wrist.
And a Saxonia with a diamond set bezel.
But of course it wasn’t only Lange watches at the Villa d’Este! Here are some of the other watches we spotted on the wrists of car owners and guests in attendance:
Officine Panerai PAM 425.
A recently unveiled HYT H1 “Iceberg” in white with blue liquid.
DeBethune DB28 perpetual calendar with a gorgeous salmon dial.
Ladies’ Hublot Big Bang Fluo Pink.
And of course no watch spotting would be complete with a few Rolexes, like this Datejust.
Or this Oyster Perpetual Date.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little report from our weekend in Como with A. Lange & Söhne.
Words & photos by Amr “The Horophile” Sindi