The Concorso d'Eleganza of Villa d'Este, one of the most important motor shows in the world, ended this weekend. In the refined setting of Villa D'Este in an anticipation of the Italian summer, thanks to the temperatures close to 30 ° degrees, more than one hundred cars paraded, divided into 7 + 1 different classes.
Thanks to the hospitality of A. Lange & Söhne, which this year celebrated 10 years of official partnership with the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, we were able to attend the most coveted day of the Competition, that of Saturday. From the veranda of A. Lange & Söhne we admired the four-wheeled masterpieces parading on the terrace of Villa d'Este and watch the award ceremony conducted by the legendary Simon Kidston with the prestigious Gold Cup, prize reserved for the most beautiful car chosen by public referendum.
The winning car of the prestigious award was theaston martin bulldog, owned by Philip Sarofim.
The partnership between A. Lange & Söhne and the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is based on a mutual commitment aimed at promoting values such as aesthetics, craftsmanship and tradition. Starting last year, A. Lange & Söhne has created a new watch which has gone on to replace the Lange 1 Time Zoner, as a prize for the winner of the "Best of Show" trophy, with a unique example of the 1815 Chronograph model with a 39,5mm white gold case and rose gold dial massive and hand-engraved cuvette after more than 9 days of processing.
The combination of colors such as the salmon pink of the dial and the brown counters give this A. Lange & Sohne a decidedly elegant look with a vintage charm, which makes it the perfect companion for the lucky Gentleman driver who will have the pleasure of wearing it. The hand-wound caliber L951.5, since 2010 integrates the column wheel, the snail for the jumping minute counter exactly and the refined flyback function and boasts a rpower reserve of 60 hours. The balance wheel is operated by a free in-house balance spring, which oscillates at a frequency of 18.000 / vibrations per hour.
The lucky winner of this unique piece, as well as awarded with the coveted "Best of Show" (BMW Group Trophy), by the CEO of A. Lange & Söhne, Wilhelm Schmid, was the Monegasque Andrew Pisker, with his Bugatti Type 57 S of the 1937!
The Best of Show winning car is the first of only four Bugatti 57S that the manufacturer Vanvooren was able to build with a cabriolet body. The traditional eight-cylinder in-line engine was replaced for test purposes by the previous owner. However, the wonders of technology, the original engine much sought after by the current owner has made its appearance on none other than .. on Ebay!