A Ferrari 335 Sport from 1958 received the prestigious title, ‘Best of Show’, at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este last month. Held on the picturesque shores of Lake Como in Italy, this prestigious competition celebrates the golden age of aristocratic cars, where owners showcase their vintage rides ranging from the 1920s up to the 1980s.
Along with the title, the owner of the Ferrari, Andreas Mohringer from Austria, also received a horological rarity as a special prize—a Como Edition of the model Lange 1 Time Zone made from white gold and specially created for the occasion.To pay homage to the venue of the competition—on the rotating city ring of this special edition—Central European Time is displayed using Como, the location of the competition, instead of Berlin as it is in the classic edition. Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid presented the beaming winner with the unique piece with the Concorso crest handengraved on the hinged lid at a gala event at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on May 27.
In his laudatory speech, Schmid referred to the similarities between collectors of extraordinary automobiles and those of timepieces: “Cars and watches have always been far more than their technical characteristics. Behind every invention and every design are passionate people. A car or a watch is also always a personal, aesthetic statement. What could be more suitable than to honour the most beautiful car than with a unique watch? The Lange 1 Time Zone Como Edition is our recognition of the time and effort the owner has invested into preserving this automotive masterpiece.”A. Lange & Söhne supported the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for the seventh time, and this year, the motto of this traditional and exclusive event was “Hollywood on the Lake”.