The new A. Lange & Söhne ODYSSEUS is the first steel sports watch, by the Saxonian watchmaker. Whatever the thought behind the inspiration might have been, the ODYSSEUS is pure Lange from all aspects.
Offered for the first time in an unlimited run, this entry-level Lange, features a 40.5 millimetres stainless steel case. With a thickness of just 11.1mm, the watch is relatively thin and sits comfortably on the wrist with its integrated stainless steel bracelet of the highest quality.
Its surfaces are decorated with a satin contour finish and the edges are emphasised with a chamfer. The combination of brushed surfaces and chamfered edges is echoed on the lugs and the links of the bracelet. The length of the bracelet can be adjusted in small steps up to 7 millimetres thanks to a safety deployant buckle. By pressing the pusher embossed with the Lange signature the bracelet can be pulled or pushed to adjust the desired length. It is not necessary to open the buckle. If required, the bracelet can also be extended by adding further links.
For now the ODYSSEUS is being offered with a bracelet; however, a strap version has also been planned in the near future. At 2 and 4 o clock, you have two distinctly designed pushers for correcting the date and the day of the week.
There’s quite a bit going on with the dial of this watch. What first meets the eye are the oversized calendar displays. 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. All of these are driven by a newly developed mechanism that consists of 99 individual parts.
The dial is made of brass and has several levels with different surfaces. Just like the outer scale of the subsidiary seconds dial, the notched baton appliques made of white gold feature concentric lines, a technique called azurage. They contrast against the grained inner surfaces of the main and subsidiary dial. A bevelled, argenté-coloured flange ring with a printed minute scale frames the dial. The number 60, printed in red at 12 o’clock, provides a colourful accent. In the ODYSSEUS, the brand-typical lancet-shaped hands for hours and minutes are more prominent than in other watches of the manufactory. Just like the inner surfaces of the baton appliques, they are luminous.
Beating inside the ODYSSEUS, is a new L155.1 DATOMATIC manufacture calibre featuring a date mechanism combined with an automatic winding system. Visually, the movement is quite similar to most Lange movements. You have a unidirectionally winding central rotor with a centrifugal mass in platinum. Thanks to the skeletonisation of the rotor further details of the manually executed, lavish finissage of the movement can be observed.
When fully wound, the mainspring barrel delivers a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. To guarantee high rate accuracy regardless of external factors, the new self-winding calibre operates at a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 hertz). The newly designed balance is regulated with four countersunk poising screws that are flush with the outside of the balance-wheel rim. This design reduces turbulence despite the higher frequency. Together with the freely oscillating balance spring made in- house, the minimised air resistance has a positive impact on the movement’s rate accuracy and energy efficiency.
The oscillation system of the ODYSSEUS is held by a balance wheel bridge secured at two points. It is manually engraved with a wave motif. Other movement decorations also express the concept of combining traditional facets with new ones. All frame parts of the calibre L155.1 DATOMATIC are made of German silver. Additionally, elements of the rotor were black-rhodiumed. In accordance with the A. Lange & Söhne philosophy, the entire movement is elaborately finished by hand and assembled twice. A further typical Lange hallmark, a screwed gold chaton secures the upper bearing jewel of the escape-wheel arbor. It also marks the position of the escapement and places a traditional accent, right there where the heart of the watch beats. It’s these very details that make A.Lange & Söhne one of the world’s most coveted watch manufacturers today.