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A Passion for Classics 2021


German precision watchmaking meets the most stunning vintage automobiles

The enthusiasm for technology and elegance is shared by connoisseurs of micromechanical time-keeping instruments and by fans of historic automobiles. As technical masterpieces, classic cars and mechanical watches still stand for values that are important to us today. This is the basis of our partnership with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace. On these occasions, prestigious historic automobiles meet the exclusive timepieces by A. Lange & Söhne.

Wilhelm Schmid, A. Lange & Söhne CEO, explains his passion for classic watches and automobiles

About the fascination of exquisite automobiles and top-tier watches


From 3 to 5 September 2021, friends of exclusive classic cars will convene at the Concours of Elegance in the royal parks of Hampton Court Palace near London. On the occasion of the 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, 95 of the finest British automobiles built in 1926 and later will be on display alongside other exhibits.


And from 1 to 3 October, connoisseurs from all over the world will gather in the impressive Alpine panorama of Lake Como to admire the masterpieces on wheels showcased in the rambling parks of the Villa d’Este. One of the highlights of the event will be the presentation of the winner’s watch donated by A. Lange & Söhne for the best-of-show automobile.


Those for whom vehicles are artworks on wheels know that mechanical watches are the matching counterpart for the wrist. A. Lange & Söhne crafts watches that live up to these ambitions. The name stands for the passion to enrich fine watchmaking with new ideas and to strive for perfection – with the goal of redefining mechanical limits and creating tomorrow’s classics. The manufactory’s elaborate chronographs, in particular the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH, are hallmarks of mechanical virtuosity and at the same time recall the historically evolved alliance between timekeeping and motor sports.

Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace

For Wilhelm Schmid, this year’s event is especially significant: “The Concours of Elegance is inspired by the atmosphere of its surroundings and encounters between people who all share the same passion. The beauty of the vehicles assembled here can only fully unfold in this special environment. And the fascination of a high-quality watch is best conveyed when you have it in your hand or – even better – put it on.”

The Grand Tour

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The "Best of Show" winner at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2021 is presented with a unique gift: the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 CHRONOGRAPH Concorso Edition. This exclusive edition is crafted in white gold with a solid pink gold dial and a hand-engraved hinged cuvette. Learn more about this special timepiece and tune in for our new episode of "3 Minutes with...", hosted by our CEO Wilhelm Schmid and Head of Product Development Anthony de Haas.

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d‘Este - The new winner’s watch

We want to express our appreciation for automotive works of art and our respect for the collectors' commitment again by awarding a special watch to the winner in the “Best of Show” category. For the first time this year, a unique special model of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH in white gold with solid pink gold dial and hand-engraved hinged cuvette will be presented as a prize for best car in the competition. Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid will personally present this unique watch to the winner at the prize-giving ceremony on the last day of the event.


Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – The prize-giving ceremony

The highlights of the event include the presentation of a winner’s watch, which has been donated by A. Lange & Söhne, to the winner of the “Best of Show” car as selected by the expert panel and public. This special prize, which represents beauty, passion and uniqueness, symbolises the enthusiasm for the automotive work of art and also respect for the owner. For the first time, this year’s prize for the winner of the main “Best of Show” category is a special model of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH. 

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