A. Lange & Söhne introduced the first watch of a whole new line: the Odysseus. This watch lays the foundation for a new – the sixth one – watch family by the Maison. It is the first regularly produced timepiece in stainless steel.
Today, A. Lange & Söhne has five watch families: Lange 1, Saxonia, 1815, Richard Lange and Zeitwerk. The Odysseus is a new face that introduces a sixth watch family. And as usual at Lange, it is endowed not only with a distinctive design but also with a newly developed movement.
What first meets the eye on the dark blue dial is the day-of-week and date display. Located on the right, the Lange outsize date in the classic double aperture is complemented with an equally large day-of-week display on the left. The outer verticals of the frames echo the curvate of the bezel. The typical Lange font is used for both displays, though here, the numerals and letters are white against a blue background.
The dial is made of brass and has several levels with different surfaces Jut like the outer scale of the subsidiary seconds dial, the notched baton appliques made of white gold lie above concentric lines, a technique called azurage. They contrast against the grained inner surface of the main and subsidiary dial. A bevelled, argenté-colored flange ring with a printed minute scale frames the dial. The number 60, printed in red at 12 o’clock, provides a colorful accent.
In the Odysseus, the brand-typical lancet-shaped hands for ours and minutes are more prominent than in other A. Lange & Söhne watches. And just like the inner surfaces of the baton appliques, they are luminous.
The prominent design of the stainless steel case with a diameter of 40.5 mm and a height of 11.1 mm embraces traditional brand elements and reinterpets them. This applies particularly to the sculpted, slightly cantilevered middle band of the three-part case. Its surfaces are decorated with a satin contour finish and the edges are emphasized with a chamfer. Specially sealed, tapred buttons for correcting the date and the day of the week are placed at 2 and 4 o’clock.
The Odysseus is the first Lange watch with a water-resistant case and a screw-down crown, pressure-tested at 12 bar.
As mentioned earlier, A. Lange & Söhne developed a new caliber for the new collection, the in-house movement L155.1 Datomatic. The name Datomatic stands for the date mechanism combined with an automatic winding. When fully wound, the mainspring barrel delivers a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. To guarantee a high accuracy, this new self-winding caliber operates at a frequency of 4 Hz.
The combination of brushed surfaces and chamfered edges is echoed on the lugs and links of the massive stainless steel bracelet. Its length can be pulled or pushed to adjust the desired length and if required, the bracelet can also be extended by adding further links.
The Odysseus is a sporty-elegant watch for everyone who is living an active life but is also a fan of fine watchmaking.