MAY 30th 2014

To the victor, the spoils... GRR touches (briefly) the Villa d'Este grand prize

A close-up view of the A. Lange & Söhn ‘special edition’ Lange 1 Time Zone

We’ve been lucky enough to handle the one-off watch made by elite German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne for the owner of the car that won Best in Show at Villa d’Este this year. Very, very few people will ever get this privilege.

The model on which the winner’s watch is based – a white-gold world timer called the Lange 1 Time Zone – is rare enough at €41,900. It’s a very special piece of horology, able to display the time in two time zones simultaneously, with one dial advancing though the time zones at a push of a button and with the current zone displayed on an outer rotating ring. The date is displayed with the jumping numerals that are a Lange trademark.

The winner’s ‘Como Edition’ has Como in place of Berlin on the time-zone ring, and adds a unique caseback engraved with the Villa d’Este crest and the year. But the caseback can still be opened to let the owner see the magnificently-finished Lange movement though the rear crystal, just as with the standard model.

Serious Lange collectors are rumoured to have made offers deep into six figures for this watch should winner Albert Spiess wish to sell, but there’s not much chance of that, and last year’s winner Ralph Lauren is even less likely to part with his one-off Lange.

Photgraphy: Richard Pardon

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