When it comes to exclusivity, the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone Como Replica Edition by A. Lange & Söhne has to rank fairly high in the league tables. The piece isn’t for sale, but is instead created just once per year as a prize for the winner of ‘Best of Show’ at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The event, which has taken place every year since 1929, is held to showcase some of the most rare and elegant vintage cars. The boutique German brand has been a sponsor of the event since 2012, and created the limited edition Lange 1 Time Zone specifically to be awarded in commemoration of the stand-out automobile of the show.
The Como Edition is distinct from other A. Lange & Sohne mens replica watches in the series thanks to two unique features. Instead of Berlin representing Central European Time on the timezone ring around the edge of the dial, this version uses Como, Italy in commemoration of the location of the event. This model also features a ‘cuvette’—a hinged and hand-engraved dust cover on the side of the movement.
Enclosed in a classically sophisticated solid silver case, this piece makes use of the beautiful in-house calibre L031.1 movement, which beats at 21,600vph and features a twin barrel mainspring.