In Munich, just a few weeks prior to the event, a special model of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE – created exclusively for the winner of the Concorso – was showcased together with Frank Stella’s 1976 BMW Art Car 02.
The BMW Art Car Collection is an ensemble of extraordinary works of art on wheels. Between 1975 and 2010, internationally renowned artists customised 17 unusual racing and production cars. With body colours and graphics, they developed new ways to express the fusion of art, design, and technology.
The prize for the winner in the “Best of Show” category is a ticking opus: yet again this year, the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE “Como Edition” is the horological counterpart of the most stunning vehicle in the competition. The hand-engraved caseback of the white-gold watch displays the coat of arms of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. On the city ring of the time-zone watch, Como – the venue of the event – stands for Central European Time.
In a photo shoot that took place at the BMW Museum in Munich in early May, the asymmetric dial of the watch entered into an artistic dialogue with the dramatic lines of Frank Stella’s BMW Art Car.
At this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, five of the automotive oeuvres will be on display within the scope of the “40 Years BMW Art Cars” exhibition. It includes Frank Stella’s BMW 3.0 CSL, the second Art Car in the collection.
In 1976, the American artist created a black-and-white grid for this limited-edition model of which only about one thousand units were built. Like an oversized graph paper, the geometric pattern extends across the entire body, emphasising the sheer power of this 750-HP racer, which in the same year competed in the 24-hour Le Mans competition.
“My design is like a blueprint draped over the body,” said Stella, explaining the intention of his work.