Next week, the German watchmaking house plans to proudly present its unique A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este wrist watch. Limited to just one piece, this timekeeper is a meticulously redecorated version of the original A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone (Ref. 116.039) model that was presented almost exactly a year ago.
Judging by Lange’s press release, the new Lange 1 Time Zone Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este differs from the original only with its new case back cover. Still crafted from solid 18-carat white gold alloy, the part is now engraved with a famous Coat of Arms of Villa d’Este, an ancient residence in the Italian town of Cernobbio. Previously a place of dwelling of European aristocrats, it is now a luxury hotel that for the last 84 years also happens to hold an annual Concours d’Elegance event for lovingly restored vintage and daringly built futuristic concept cars.
As usual, the heraldic image is accompanied with their signature tremblage engraving technique that, as chaotic-looking as it is, requires a highly skilled artisan to be created.
The technical specs of this unique model seem to be identical to those of the original.
The watch will be delivered in a mildly oversized body slightly less than 42 millimeters in diameter and 11 millimeters thick. Its busy solid silver face still features two time zone displays (each with its own day/night indicator), a power reserve indicator, as well as the familiar large date aperture at 1 o’clock.
The city ring is also on its rightful place, but the original German city of Berlin is now replaced with a small Italian town of Como in Lombardy, which is located about four miles from Cernobbio.
It is said that the gorgeous one-off will be handed to a lucky owner of a car that manages to get the “Best of Show” prize at the award ceremony scheduled for 26 May, 2013.
Photos: A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este watch specification
Movement: Manual, Caliber L031.1, in-house, Made in Germany
Number of jewels: 54
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 72 hours (three days)
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes, large date, second time zone (GMT), day/night and power reserve indication
Case material: 18-carat white gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.90 mm
Case height: 11.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Solid silver
Numerals: Roman / Arabic
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Rhodiumed gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black, hand-stitched crocodile leather strap
Case back: Sapphire