A Passion for Classics
by Rowano Pierotti / Images: courtesy of A. Lange & Söhne
Cars and watches are captivating, particularly if they rank among the rare ones that people dream about. As technical masterpieces, they embody values that are important to us. Cars stand for freedom, and watches for time. They reflect inventiveness, a sense of style, and the quest for records: the most powerful engine and the most precise timekeeping instrument.
Trailblazing innovations continue to make driving safer as well as more energy-efficient and comfortable – as well as expanding the functionality of watches. In both domains, the search for better solutions and the ultimate form has resulted in ever-new milestones in technology and design history. Rare prototypes and one-of-a-kind examples are now consistently curated in public, as well as through private collections and showcasing on special occasions.
This is the spirit that underlies A. Lange & Söhne’s partnerships with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Schloss Dyck Classic Days, and the Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace. At these high profile events, devotees of the most noble automobiles ever built meet both collectors and connoisseurs of exclusive timepieces, for whom vehicles are sculptures on wheels and who know that mechanical watches are matching counterparts for the wrist.
For A. Lange & Söhne’s CEO Wilhelm Schmid, these inspiring encounters with collectors are what constitute the preciousness of partnerships. He is particularly delighted to note that the commitment to the preservation of cultural values has been adopted by the next generation. Duccio Lopresto is just one of a group of young individuals that nurture the collections of his family and strives to introduce new ideas.
Together with his father Corrado, Duccio Lopresto won the ‘Best of Show’ award for his sensational Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017.
Lopresto has assembled one of the most significant collections of Italian vintage cars and won numerous prizes in the process, and now, his son is moving the collection into the future.
Milan-based architect and entrepreneur Corrado Lopresto was a treasure hunter obsessed with reconstructing the history behind rare items that may have faded into oblivion. This passion has now been adopted by his son. For many years, Duccio accompanied his father to Concours d’Elegance events and he thus resolved to not treat the vehicles in the collection as museum exhibits, but to instead make them accessible to the public because “they are too beautiful not to be shown on the road”.
Beyond that, he wanted to find new treasures and restore them, thus continuing the mission of his father in his own way. His goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of art and automobiles, bringing back even the most precious old timers to the asphalt.