Six months ago, in October 2019, A. Lange & Söhne uncovered the Odysseus, its first extravagance steel sports watch . Dissimilar to the symbols that have dominated this portion for quite a long time, the Odysseus hit out with its own special personality inducing blended reactions. The Achilles’ impact point of this watch, at least gauging by the comments of our readers, was the steel bracelet. Beautifully completed the process of according to Lange’s elevated expectations and with an astute expansion framework, there was something in particular about the bracelet that for many, simply didn’t look very right. Indeed, appears as though the people at Lange have been listening because today another variant of the Odysseus is launched in a white gold case with a gray dial and an integrated black rubber or leather strap. And what a distinction it makes!
The inaugural voyage of Odysseus
It shouldn’t really come as an amazement; other extravagance sports watches, similar to AP’s Royal Oak of 1972, were originally met with clashing reactions. The Odysseus, launched on 24 October 2019 – 25 years to the day of the primary assortment that marked ALS’s revival – was the brand’s take on the extravagance sports watch, its first ‘lively elegant’ everyday model housed in a stainless steel case. In addition to the fact that it was the principal steel model for the brand, however it was also the primary model with 120m water-resistance, the main model with a metallic integrated bracelet, and it was outfitted with another development grew especially for Odysseus that would become the foundation for Lange’s 6th watch family.
What’s new, what’s not
Almost everything – measurements, case completes, functionality, development and components on the dial – are identical to the inaugural form. What has changed however is the case material, presently 18k white gold, the dial tone, presently gray with various completions, and the integrated strap, presently in one or the other rubber or leather.
The 40.5mm three-part, 18k white gold case has a thickness of 11.1mm and displays the same contrasting cleaned and brushed completions as the past model. The unmistakable adjusted and cleaned bezel sits on top of a center case with its asymmetrical module framing the crown. These are not crown guards (the crown is in a bad way down to guarantee the 120m WR), however instead, house the two pushers to adjust the outsize date and large weekday indications. Another important visual capacity is the way this gadget containing the pushers breaks up the portliness of the case and gives the watch some contrasting angles.
The new gray dial shading adds a bit of formality to the watch and the decoration of great importance chapter has changed from a concentric pattern to an embellished structure with profound sections, also utilized on the external border of the small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Another distinction is the smooth surface of the focal point of the dial, not at all like the grained surface of the blue version.
All the decorations on the dial, from the hour and moment hands to the applied and faceted baton hour markers, are 18k white gold and feature a streak of glow in the middle. The numerals of the outsize date and the letters of the large format day display stand out in white on gray. With their tallness of 2.4mm, they are both very easy to read. A silvered 60-min flange features a red number 60, the lone trace of shading on the monochromatic dial.
The enormous novelty
There is no rejecting that the new integrated rubber and leather straps change the appearance of the watch radically making it more streamlined, sleeker, sportier, more youthful, more agile, less cumbersome…
However, altogether fairness, and as Frank properly detailed as he would like to think article of the Odysseus last year – a watch that he went gaga for in only 60 seconds – the bracelet may have looked as however it was integrated into the case, yet it wasn’t. “In fact, the watch features legitimate drags – shaped in the usual Lange way – which means that, in the event that you feel like it, it very well may be worn on a leather or rubber strap too.” Which thus means that from day one the bracelet was intended to be removed… Was Lange trying things out with the steel bracelet?
Whether or not this part is valid, the new bracelets address a gigantic change. The black rubber strap features two central embellished canals that proceed from the drag modules. The leather choice will be a dark earthy colored tone with a gray seam; both the rubber and leather strap come with a white gold prong buckle.
Calibre L155.1 Datomatic
A special manufacture caliber, the L155.1 Datomatic, was grown only for the Odysseus. Its name is the combination of date mechanism and automatic winding. With regards to its functionality as a sports watch, the recurrence is of 28,800vph/4Hz instead of the usual 3Hz of Lange watches. The higher beat rate gives greater stability to the balance when encountering stuns, which makes it more apt for energetic activities. It is also kind of an industry standard for sports watches and will profit accuracy – note that the development is exactness adjusted in five positions.
The black rhodium-plated central rotor has a platinum centrifugal mass and is openworked to allow a perspective on the beautifully completed development and decorated extensions, decorated and assembled (twice) by hand. The majority of the parts are held in place by the signature ¾ plate, yet the balance cockerel you find on most developments is replaced with a scaffold held down at two focuses, again to improve stun resistance. The traditional floral decorations have also been exchanged for a wave pattern, with regards to the name of the watch.
The L155.1 Datomatic boasts a force save of 50 hours and measures 32.9mm in diameter, meaning it is sufficiently large to fill the case – always pleasant when glancing through the sapphire caseback. The scaffolds and mainplate are made from German silver and hand-decorated with cleaned slopes, Glashütte ribbing, blued screws – including one screwed gold chaton for the escapement – circular graining, black-cleaned steel parts…true to Lange’s fastidious attention to detail.
The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus in white gold will retail for EUR 39,500. More information at alange-soehne.com .