The Lange 1 Time Zone Como Edition is one of the most exclusive A. Lange & Söhne timepieces. After all, it is crafted only once a year for the “Best of Show” winner at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
A. Lange & Söhne has been sponsoring the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este since 2012. The competition takes place each year in May at Lake Como. For the exclusive event that focuses on the beauty and elegance of classic automobiles, A. Lange & Söhne created a unique timepiece: a one-of-a-kind model of the Lange 1 Time Zone with the special designation “Como Edition”. This watch is not for sale. It is reserved for the winner in the “Best of Show” category.
In comparison to the classic version, the “Como Edition” has two special features: Central European Time on the rotating city ring is represented not by Berlin as usual, but by Como as a tribute to the event location. Additionally, the watch is endowed with a cuvette. In other words, the Lange 1 Time Zone has a hand-engraved, hinged dust cover in white gold on the movement side.
Its free-hand engraving pays homage to the competition: the inscription “CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA VILLA D’ESTE” frames the coat of arms of the event and two calendar years. They trace the arc from the first Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 1929 to the present, represented this year by 2016.
Movement is the German manual-wind Lange in-house caliber L031.1 with 54 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 72 hours. It features four screwed gold chatons, a lever escapement, a shock-resistant screw balance, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism. It is decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted to five positions; twin mainspring barrel; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock and intermediate-wheel cock engraved by hand.
Functions are: home time with day/night indicator (hours, minutes, small seconds with stop seconds), zone time (hours, minutes) with day/night indicator and city ring, outsize date for home time, power-reserve indicator.
The dial is solid silver, argenté; rhodiumed gold appliques, luminous. The hands are rhodiumed gold, luminous; blued-steel seconds hand.
It comes on a black hand-stitched alligator leather strap with an 18kt white gold buckle.