Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne

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Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne

Some weekends are definitely better spent than others. Courtesy of A. Lange & Söhne, we spent ours at Lake Como, in Italy, in order to follow the year’s most important European rendezvous of classic automobiles, the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza (says a European, who has never been to Pebble Beach – the other unmissable show of the calendar year).

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5123

Sitting in front of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, their backs turned to the sun, collectors and participants gathered to watch some of the rarest and most prized automobiles drive by while sipping on Prosecco and Apérol Spritz – the local cocktail that the rest of Europe has adopted this summer.

Austro Daimler ADR 6 Bergmeister, 1932.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5460

That afternoon, the choicest collection of vintage automobiles – only 50-odd models make the cut each year since the competition’s inception in 1929 – presented themselves one after the other and in front of an international jury, hoping to capture top honors in one of eight different classes, which include “Pre-War Decadence – Flights of Automotive Fantasy” and “Driven by Excess – Cars of the Studio 54 Era, 1975-1986.”

Ferrari 365 GBT/4 Berlinetta Boxer with Targa roof, formerly owned by Clint Eastwood, in front of a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 formely owned by Steve McQueen.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5314

The experts were looking for automobiles of exceptional quality and interesting provenance – but two cars that created the most small talk were Pininfarina-signed icons owned at one time by American icons. The two Ferraris, which once belonged to Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood, were competing in the “Cars Of The Stars” category.

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While the concourse was the cornerstone event of the weekend, BMW, as title sponsor of the show, gave sci-fi enthusiasts something to dream about with the introduction of a sample of its most promising concepts, including the new 2002 Hommage Concept (based on the 2-series Coupe) and the R5 Hommage Concept motorcycle.

BMW 2002 Hommage Concept. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne BMW

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5749
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Also pitching its tent in the gardens of Villa d’Este since 2012 is another acclaimed German manufacturer, A. Lange & Söhne, which annually presents a custom edition of the Lange 1 Time Zone to the winner of the “Best of Show” category.

A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid welcomed guests to Villa d'Este Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5137

In the VIP area, Lange collectors shared their timepieces – mostly of the complicated variety (see which ones we spotted below). Some came to see cars; others preferred to look at the Riva boats passing by. But all seemed fascinated for the other raison d’être of the Concorso: the parade of flamboyant wardrobes vying for  attention – the sartorial competition was very much alive in this part of Italy, where Berluti leather treads the same gravel as Pirelli tires.

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5090

A. Lange & Söhne Watches Spotted On Collectors’ Wrists

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5987

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone in platinum Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5085

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5179

A prototype of the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, on the wrist of A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5999

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 6043

On my wrist, the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Annual Calendar in platinum. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5971

Cars At The Concorso

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5637

Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, 1961. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5222
Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1967. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5212
Bugatti 57 SC Atalante, 1937. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5169
Lancia Astura Serie III, 1933. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5149
Lancia Astura Serie IV, 1937. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5196
Facel Vega Facel II, 1962. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5226
Ferrari 365 GT/4 Berlinetta Boxer. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5313
Lamborghini LP 400 Countach  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5277
Jaguar XK 120, 1952. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5244
Pegaso Z-102, 1951. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5270
Austin-Healy 3000 MKIII, 1964. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5253
Porsche 550 RS, 1955. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5256
Lancia Aurelia B52, 1953. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5282
Jaguar C-Type, 1952. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5299
Siata 208 S, 1954. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5296

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5466

On Saturday evening, just as spectator’s began to lose count of the number of drinks added to their tabs, they were reminded of their favorite car of the day when the jury announced the winner of the public’s choice award – which this year landed on the Lancia Astura S2 Berlinetta and its sensuous, clean lines.

Pegaso Z-102, 1951. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5556
Lancia Astura Serie IV, 1937.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5447
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Squire 1 1/2 Litre Long Chassis, 1935. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5429
Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1967. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5495
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1961. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5605
Pegaso Z-102, 1951. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5576
Lamborghini Miura P 400 SV, 1971. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5662
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Lamborghini LP 400 Countach  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5706
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BMW 328 Hommage concept car Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5403
Siata 208 S, 1954. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5501
Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental, 1934.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5425
Ferrari 330 GTC, 1966.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5477

The ‘Best Of Show’ Award And A. Lange & Söhne Prize

The winning Maserati A6 GCS.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne Winner

At a special gala dinner hosted on Sunday by A. Lange & Söhne at Villa d’Este, the company’s CEO, Wilhelm Schmid, presented the “Best of Show” award to the Maserati A6 GCS. Made in 1954, the stunning Italian roadster, which seemed at home on the banks of Lake Como, also won its owner a customized Lange 1 Time Zone, with the city of Como claiming the disc-position usually reserved for Berlin. He joins a esteemed group of Lange champions, including a certain Mr. Ralph Lauren.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone presented to the “Best of Show by the Jury.” Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne aaaa

The limited edition, white-gold Lange 1 Time Zone features a special engraving of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este coat of arms.

Hand-engraved coat of arms at the back of the watch.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne  img

For more information, please visit A. Lange & Söhne. And a full lineup of competitors during this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza can be found here.

Bonus: Vintage Watch Spotting At the Concorso d’Eleganza

Rolex Pre-Daytona Reference 6238 in yellow gold. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5362

1940s Breitling chronograph with Venus calibre 170. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne 1
Rolex Submariner reference 6200. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne 2

1960s Rolex reference 6234  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne 6
Patek Philippe Calatrava.  Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne 7

Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne 3

The Longines Nonius reference 8271 on the wrist of Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini's first chief test driver. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne y
Valentino Balboni. Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne y7

Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 in yellow gold with Tiffany dial Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este With A. Lange & Söhne Photo Report: Watch And Car Spotting At The 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este With A. Lange & Söhne IMG 5373

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